Research area: the production of space

Space is produced by people. In the context of globalisation and global change, multi-faceted spatial changes are taking place at local, regional, national and international levels. The research area Production of space uses two approaches that are important for the development of modern forms of regional geography and for the study of the dynamic spatial structure and constellations of Central and Eastern Europe:

Research projects

Agents of change in old-industrial regions in Europe  -  
Within a “ring of secure third countries”  - Regional and local effects of the extraterritorial engagement of the European Union in Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova 
Interko2 – Integrated living space concept in metropolitan areas  -  
Survival strategies and new spatial formats in former mining towns at the post-Soviet peripheries  -  
Cities after decline: small city revival in the USA and Russia  - Initiation of International Collaboration 
Hidden Champions – Stabilisation and development factors of small towns in peripheral regions   -  
Potentials of immigration for a sustainable regional development in Saxony-Anhalt   -  
IMAJINE  - Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe 
Social entrepreneurship in structurally weak rural areas: innovative troubleshooters in action (RurAction)  - Marie Curie research and training network 
NATURVATION  - Nature-based solutions for a sustainable urban development in Europe 
Locally stranded, globally embedded  - Dealing with diversity on the margins of the postmigrant city. A comparison between Munich and Leipzig 
Industrial Heritage, Cultural Resources of Current Industries and Creative Pioneers – InduCult2.0  - Utilizing Industrial Culture in Central Europe 
Peripheral but global: World market leaders outside of agglomerations  - Project A2 – Collaborative Research Centre "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition" (SFB 1199) 
Border Transcending Assemblages of Medical Practices  - Project B05 – Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition 
Fluid mobilities for cities in transformation  - Spatial dynamics of marshrutkas in Central Asia and the Caucasus 
IfL Research Workshop  - Concepts and methods in spatial research 

Completed projects

Shifting paradigms  [completed 11/2018]
Long-term supply and mobility in rural areas  [completed 08/2018]
Arrival Regions  [completed 01/2018]
Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe – RegPol²  [completed 12/2017]
Framing the governance of core-periphery relations in Germany and Romania  [completed 12/2017]
Future Strategies of North Saxony  [completed 10/2017]
Relational perspectives on innovation activities of firms from peripheral regions   [completed 08/2017]
ira.urban  [completed 04/2017]
KULUNDA – How to prevent the next "Global Dust Bowl"?  [completed 03/2017]
Artefacts of mobility, artefacts of power  [completed 12/2016]
Mining Cities in Central Asia and the South Caucasus  [completed 12/2016]
Former Soviet Union: Mobilities and Migration  [completed 11/2016]
Discourse and practices in shrinking regions  [completed 09/2016]
Leitlinien der (quantitativen) Wanderungsforschung am IfL  [completed 09/2016]
Groupement de recherche international  [completed 04/2016]
Leipzig 2030 – open-minded, sustainable, growing  [completed 03/2016]
Mobilities and migration  [completed 12/2015]
BRICINVEST  [completed 06/2015]
Sofia – future city: green, mobile and attractive for living  [completed 04/2015]
Social change and the development of neighborhoods  [completed 03/2015]
WOMEN  [completed 12/2014]
Cross-border cooperation in the field of vocational training  [completed 10/2014]
AgroForNet  [completed 08/2014]
Border Area between Saxony and the Czech Republic  [completed 08/2014]
Adapt2DC  [completed 04/2014]
Mobility and labour market interdependencies in the EURES-TriRegio-Region  [completed 04/2014]
Ecological Network in Bulgaria  [completed 08/2012]
Residential decision-making in polycentric city regions  [completed 06/2012]
Power Technologies’ Productions of Space  [completed 06/2012]
SEMIGRA  [completed 05/2012]
New Polish Migration to Germany – local perspectives  [completed 04/2012]
DERREG  [completed 01/2012]
Deutschland zwischen Reurbanisierung und demographischer Schrumpfung  [completed 12/2011]
Between gentrification and decay  [completed 09/2011]
Pre-IBA 2020  [completed 06/2011]
The constitution of cultural landscapes  [completed 05/2011]
Innovative Cohesion Policies in Central and Eastern Europe (iCope)  [completed 01/2011]
Accommodating Creative Knowledge (ACRE)  [completed 09/2010]
Geographies at the edges of the European project  [completed 12/2009]
Local networks of small towns in Eastern Europe   [completed 01/2009]

Research area coordinators

The production of space – polarisation and peripheralisation:

Dr Thilo Lang
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-159

The production of space – state and society:


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