The production of space: polarisation and peripheralisation

This research area investigates the complex causes of unequal development in Europe. The researchers consider a wide range of spatial magnitudes, ranging from local studies to global interdependencies. One of their main objectives is to develop alternative perspectives for economically underdeveloped regions and investigate types of regional development that have been neglected by the public thus far.

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Over the past few decades, the processes of social and economic integration in Europe have always been advanced with the aim of improving Europeans‘ living conditions and making them more evenly balanced. Common political values are to play a role here, as is free trade, a common market and a common currency. With its regional development policy, the European Union has also created an instrument that puts a lot of time and money into attaining a structural balance between regions of Europe. Efforts are being made at German and European levels to create equal living conditions. In spite of this, spaces often develop unevenly. And there are even indications that the gap between high-performance metropolises and structurally weak spaces is opening further despite equalisation policies. The research area that looks at the production of space relative to polarisation and peripheralisation probes the complex causes of spatially uneven developments in Europe. In doing so, it considers highly varying spatial scales, ranging from regional studies to global interrelations. A further aim is to develop alternative perspectives for structurally weak regions and to examine forms of regional development that have thus far attracted little attention from the greater public.


Research projects

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   -  
Social entrepreneurship in structurally weak rural areas: innovative troubleshooters in action (RurAction)  - Marie Curie research and training network 
Shifting paradigms  - Towards participatory and effective urban planning in Germany, Russia and Ukraine (TRIPAR paradigms) 
Long-term supply and mobility in rural areas  - A pilot project in the administrative district of 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) 
IfL Research Workshop  - Concepts and methods in spatial research 

Completed projects

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]
Mining Cities in Central Asia and the South Caucasus  [completed 12/2016]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Local networks of small towns in Eastern Europe   [completed 01/2009]