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)



Learning Journey: Slovenia. What role does cooperation play in urban, regional, and cross-border development?

Edited by: Magdalena Keresztes, Carmen...


Studierende befragen im Bergsteigerdorf Grünau im Almtal.

Im Rahmen der Übung zur Humangeographie unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Heintel durften 25...


Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Wissenschaft und Un-/Gleichheit"

Elisabeth Aufhauser

10.06.2024, 15:00 Uhr, Lecture Hall 3 (Hörsaal 3 2A211,...


Geopolitics Journal

Kuzemko, C., Blondeel, M., Bradshaw, M., Bridge, G., Faigen, E., & Fletcher, L.


uniMind-Lecture am 29. Mai 2024

mit Simon Baumgartinger-Seiringer und Maximilian Benner



Ländliche Räume sind vielfältig. Strukturen, Funktionen und Lebensverhältnisse verändern sich durch Globalisierung, Klimawandel, Energiewende,...