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)



Journal of Cleaner Production, 418 (2023) 138079

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


In Österreich lebten 2021 bereits 59 Prozent der Bevölkerung in Städten - und diese wachsen weiter. Die Gründe, warum es junge Erwachsene in die...


Artikel von Martin Heintel

Ist der Anspruch auf einen Parkplatz in Städten gerecht? Sollten Gewinne bei Umwidmungen dem Gemeinwohl zugutekommen? Es...


On June 5th, 2023, Ruth Lane will give a small-scale lecture „The measurable and the imaginable in influencing material flows for a future circular...


In dem Buch "Kooperative Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung" gehen auf Initiative der GeographInnen Yvonne Franz und Martin Heintel von der Universität...


17 Geographiestudierende der Uni Wien treffen die österreichische Generalkonsulin in New York