Innovation | Regions | Policies

Our working group deals with theory-led, evidence-based, and policy relevant research on spatial aspects of economic activities and societal as well as technological transition processes. We especially focus on issues related to the spatial configuration of innovation and knowledge exchange processes, disparities in regional development, and regional policies and planning. By drawing on economic, institutional, social, and political approaches we seek to contribute to a better understanding of the evolution and the transformation of socio-economic structures and processes from a spatial perspective.

Our particular fields and specialisations in research and teaching include:

Geography of innovation with specific consideration of disruptive technologies and institutional dynamics | regional structural change and regional development | innovation policies and regional development | gender studies | territorial protection policies and land use management | peripheral rural areas | political geography.

The working group publishes two working paper series:

  • PEGIS (in cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austrian Academy of Science, University of Agder and Kiel University) and
  • GEIST (in a joint initiative between Eawag and the University of Vienna)



Maximilian Benner and Erika Faigen have received the "Best Referee Award" of the renowned Journal of Economic Geography.


Keynote speaker Martin Heintel spricht zum Thema "Lebensräume kooperativ gestalten" im Rahmen des Symposiums "Wegenutzung im Naturraum:...


3. Oktober 2023 und 30. November 2023

Die Lehrveranstaltung "Logistik und Verkehr im Hafen Wien in der Klimakrise" bot den Studierenden der...


European Planning Studies

Eva Kiss and Balázs Páger


uniMind|Jahresveranstaltung 2023

Podiumsdiskussion u.a. mit Martin Heintel

10. Oktober 2023, 18.30 bis 20.00 Uhr, Sky Lounge der Universität Wien,...


Journal of Cleaner Production, 418 (2023) 138079

Sebastian Fastenrath, Sam Tavassoli, Darren Sharp, Rob Raven, Lars Coenen, Bruce Wilson, Daan...