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Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung
In fashion design, very diverse competences are combined to create something new. Increasingly, this is done via specialized digital platforms. The interplay of various platforms in creative design processes – labeled the “platform ecology” – as well as the interplay of online and offline interaction, are the topic of the lead project in research department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces”.
Transportation, energy, communication – how do infrastructure networks get to be labelled as “critical infrastructures”? In its lead project, the research department “Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods” looks at the construction of criticality. Urban climate adaptation and energy transitions serve as fields of study.
Digitalisation is more than broadband access. How do villages shape and use digital technologies to solve their problems? Who are the drivers and which problems occur? In its lead project, the research department “Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development” investigates the pathways of digitalisation in rural areas.
This research project investigates the dynamics of urban policy formulation in response to international migration.
For a long time, in historical research on the GDR and the FRG, the opposition of ideologies and systems took centre stage. However, there were parallel developments too. The Department for Historical Research in its lead project looks at socio-spatial disparities in both German states, tracing both differences and commonalities.
Research at the IRS is focused on the spatial aspects and contexts of social action. In doing so, spatial phenomena are explored in terms of both processual and historical dimensions using social-scientific methods.
To describe, to analyse and to understand the complexity and interrelation of space, social action and processes of socio-spatial transformation is the key concern of IRS’ research.
Oliver Ibert ist Direktor des IRS. Verena Brinks ist Juniorprofessorin für Geographien sozialer Medien und digitaler Kulturen an der Universität Mainz. Gemeinsam mit Tjorven Hamsen erforschen sie am IRS über die räumliche und zeitliche Dimension von Krisen, inwiefern sie als Lerngelegenheiten dienen können und welche Rolle Expertenwissen in Krisen spielt. In dieser Episode sprechen Ibert und Brinks über die Corona-Krise und was sich aus der Perspektive der IRS-Forschung über sie sagen lässt.