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Excellent research requires outstanding researchers. In particular in the social sciences, where research happens without expensive large-scale equipment or other infrastructure, the staff members are the crucial resource. This is in particular the view of the IRS, which thus supports motivating and inspiring working conditions. The IRS understands itself as a place of learning, where overlaps of the goals of the Institute and the staff members´ personal career goals are productively searched for and exploited. Among this there count measures of individual support – such as for doctoral candidates and post-docs – just like the reconciling of career and family life. Among the Institute´s matters of course there count, among others, adequate resources, ínspiration by high-ranking, internal events, the transfer of responsibilities as well as offers of further education and further development.

Part of the further development of the Institute and its staff members is also its extensive, strategic networking. Thus, in the context of its strategy of internationalisation the IRS also supports foreign stays for the purpose of research and networking as well as temporary stays of foreign scientists at the IRS, who provide research at the IRS with new ideas and perspectives.   

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Research Associate

Erik Ooms is research associate in the research department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces” of the IRS. In February 2020 he started his research within the project “Open Region” funded by the BMBF “Innohub13” project. He holds a master's degree in Urban Planning from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, a  master's degree in European Spatial Planning from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, and a master's degree in European studies from the Centre International de Formation Européenne.


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