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)



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The Extractive Industries and Society 16 (2023) 101328

Gavin Bridge, Erika Faigen


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Progress in Human Geography 2023

Leonard Kwhang-Gil Lemke, Patrick Sakdapolrak, Michaela Trippl


Regional Studies, Regional Science

2023, Vol. 10, No. 1, 735-749

Nikolaus Steinböck, Michaela Trippl


Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Volume 48, September 2023, 100762

Peter Gollagher, Sebastian Fastenrath