Kommende Veranstaltungen

21. September | 2020 - 22. September | 2020

Structurally weak rural regions are faced with major social and economic problems. In comparison to ‘predominantly urban’ or ‘intermediate’ regions, ‘predominantly rural’ regions, and particularly structurally weak rural regions, are economically less productive, which finds expression by a low level of gross domestic product. They provide a less extensive scope of desired goods and services, opportunities for higher education and qualified job offers. Shops where daily purchases can be made are scarce and it is challenging for the inhabitants to move around the region because public transport is very limited. Not least, rural areas are faced with recurring negative discourses on rural problems in public media resulting in negative images. Against this background the respective regions experience a considerable loss of inhabitants and especially a brain drain of young and highly skilled people. Since the Euro crisis has become a burden in some European regions the situation has become even more acute. Downward spirals were set in motion that further reduce economic opportunities and prevent rural regions from overcoming their structural deficits. mehr Info

IRS International Lecture
Photo M. Shucksmith: ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) Photo Background: Thomas Kraus/CC BY-ND 2.0/
21. September | 2020
17th IRS International Lecture on Society and Space with Professor Mark Shucksmith, Newcastle University

Poverty and social exclusion exist in rural, as well as in urban, areas across the world. This paper begins by reviewing conceptualizations of social exclusion and its relation to place, arguing that social exclusion may be understood in terms of dynamic, multi-dimensional, relational processes which operate in localized contexts at multiple scales. Often this is considered primarily in terms of exclusion from labour markets or simply lack of income, but a full understanding of social exclusion can only be gained by considering the wider range of processes by which resources are gained and lost in our societies. mehr Info

23. September | 2020

The background of the policy roundtable is the EU-funded project “Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action RurAction” which started in December 2016 and will be finished at the end of the year. The project is based on the observation that a downward spiral has been set in motion in many structurally weak rural regions of Europe in the past decades. Particularly, the economic and financial crisis starting in 2007/2008 has become a burden in some European regions. In the past, ever more rural inhabitants were leaving the countryside. A consequence was a deficit in the required labour force and skilled workers, leading to a further deterioration in the economic prospects of such areas. This often makes it difficult to break the downward spiral and reverse its effects. Currently, the Corona pandemic will certainly bring along new challenges. mehr Info

IRS Seminar
Foto: Aarhus University, AU Photo
05. Oktober | 2020

In both urban geography and urban history, scholars have convincingly demonstrated how the modernisation of European cities relied upon the construction of intricate infrastructural networks and the extraction and urbanisation of natural resources. Few studies, however, have so far connected this development to the rise of welfare states and societies in the 20th century Western Europe. Focusing on Copenhagen, this paper addresses the links between urban water, materiality and welfare citizenship in 20th century Denmark. mehr Info

Grafik: Stefanie Brünenberg
12. November | 2020 - 14. November | 2020

Das Schaffen von Architektur – vom ersten ideenhaften Skizzenstrich bis zum gebauten Raum – ist immer ein Ergebnis des gemeinschaftlichen Arbeitens einer Gruppe von Expert*innen. Dieser Gedanke entspricht durchaus einem sozialistischen Grundverständnis: So wurde insbesondere in der Architektur der DDR dem gemeinschaftlichen Arbeiten eine „große Kraft“ zum Erreichen höchster Qualitäten zugesprochen, wie es der „politische Architekt“ Benny Heumann 1961 formulierte. Doch auch unabhängig von den jeweils vorherrschenden politischen Ideologien arbeiten Architekt*innen nicht isoliert voneinander. Alle Planungsphasen und Tätigkeitsbereiche der Fachplaner*innen sind als Prozess eng miteinander verzahnt und voneinander abhängig. mehr Info

25. November | 2020 - 27. November | 2020

Regions are of critical importance to implement the UN 2030 Agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals, the HABITAT III objectives and the European Green Deal. By focusing on sustainable and resilient urban-rural partnerships, the international URP2020 conference aims at developing new urban-rural imaginaries, integrating strategies and projects that explore present and future potentials in terms of sustainability and resilience. mehr Info

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