IRS aktuell

The IRS has been publishing its own magazine “IRS aktuell” since 1993. It informs in a comprehensible way about the research work of the IRS and its relevance to current societal issues. In addition, the magazine is frequently devoted to strategic and science policy issues. It is published two to three times a year and is aimed at both the scientific community and an interested specialist public in politics, administration, business and civil society. The issues can be obtained free of charge and are available online for downloading in their entirety.

Current Issues

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No 19 | July 2021

A crisis presents actors with an imminent threat, fundamental uncertainty, and a necessity to act under immense time pressure. Crises can lead into disaster, but they do not necessarily do so. Crises can also be turning points for the better. Notably, they can foster creativity and innovation. In this issue of IRS aktuell we reflect on the current coronavirus crisis, other crises like that experienced by internationally oriented universities under the conditions of Brexit, but also crisis and innovation in general. We also present some key contributions by IRS scholars to contemporary debates about crises. more infos

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Digital technologies affect both urban planning and rural development. This issue of IRS aktuell addresses the question, how actors in cities and villages use digital technologies to solve problems and to communicate about planning. From active ruralists who develop village apps to compensate the loss of social infrastructures and services, via urban planners who use digital tools to prognosticate the impacts of development projects, to civil society initiatives who critically engage with visual representations of such projects, it brings together a multitude of insights into research conducted at the IRS. more infos

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That the IRS researches spaces and spatiality is well known. In its new research programme “Cities and Regions as Arenas for Action” (2019-2021), the institute focuses on collective conceptual work on “spatio-temporal dynamics”. What does this mean? For the researchers it involves finding out how the diverse objects of research at the IRS manifest, spread, and change in space and time. To this end, theoretical and methodological tools are required: How can one understand time and “temporality”? How do these relate to our established research object, space? By what means can this interrelation be investigated? And finally: What new insights does this perspective bring? more infos