Alica Repenning
Research Associate | Economy and Civil Society

In February 2019, Alica Repenning began working as a research associate in the lead project "Platform Ecologies: Creative Collaboration among Virtual and Concrete Spaces - The Example of Fashion Design’ at the Research Area ‘Economy and Civil Society".

In December 2018 Alica Repenning graduated as a Master of Science in Human Geography with a specialization in urban and economic geography at Copenhagen University. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from Heidelberg University. In the course of her studies, she spent a semester abroad at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Additionally, she gained work experiences as a freelance translator; she worked with innovations in Infrastructure and mobility for the Modell-Region of Schleswig-Flensburg and in the field of journalism.

In her dissertation project, she is going to explore the interplay of material and immaterial spaces in urban spaces of innovation.

Projects

Ongoing Lead Projects

The lead project focalizes digital online platforms as well as their relevance for design processes in the fashion industry. Thus, it addresses the question, to what extent creative collaboration can be digitalized. All platforms have in common that they enact specific interfaces between the "concrete" and the "virtual" world, at which human actions are translated into data and vice versa. The lead project analyses how different specialized digital platforms are used in design processes, and which spatial patters and divisions of labour in creative work emerge as a consequence. The advance of digital platforms into a formerly more analogue industry like fashion bears the potential to fundamentally change spatial arrangements of creativity-based value creation, to the benefit or at the expense of established creative centres. more info

The lead project of the research focus "Economy and Civil Society" addresses profound transformation processes in knowledge and innovation societies, which in turn are characterised by disruptive events. The lead project "Post-Office" aims to understand the dynamics of change in knowledge-generating cooperation with its disruptive elements and to discuss resulting consequences for urban and rural regions. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

The dissertation project addresses the question to what extent the constitution of creative everyday spaces is changed by a combination of on/offline spaces. How do working practices change? To what extent are interactions and spaces expanded or changed and what new (digital) hurdles arise? Using fashion design as an example, the online platform Instagram is identified as an influential actor in the socio-technical everyday fabric of fashion designers and the role of the platform in shaping practices and spaces is critically assessed. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2022
Ibert, O., Oechslen, A., Repenning, A., & Schmidt, S. (2022, Mar 14). Geht regional auch digital? Handlungsansätze zur Gestaltung von regionalen digitalen Plattformen. Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung. http://hdl.handle.net/10419/251348
Ibert, O., Oechslen, A., Repenning, A., & Schmidt, S. (2022). Platform Ecology: A User-centric and Relational Conceptualization of Online Platforms. Global Networks, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12355
Repenning, A. (2022). Workspaces of Mediation: How Digital Platforms Shape Practices, Spaces and Places of Creative Work. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 113(2), 211-224. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12508

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Ibert, O., Oechslen, A., Repenning, A., & Schmidt, S. (2022). Platform Ecology: A User-centric and Relational Conceptualization of Online Platforms. Global Networks, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12355
Repenning, A. (2022). Workspaces of Mediation: How Digital Platforms Shape Practices, Spaces and Places of Creative Work. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 113(2), 211-224. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12508
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Ibert, O., Oechslen, A., Repenning, A., & Schmidt, S. (2022, Mar 14). Geht regional auch digital? Handlungsansätze zur Gestaltung von regionalen digitalen Plattformen. Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung. http://hdl.handle.net/10419/251348

Talks

2021
Creative digipreneurs and socio-technical niches: work practices of entrepreneuring in a platform mediated environment

On-/Offline Interferences. Digitalisation and Socio-Spatial Transformations

November/16/2021
IRS, Erkner (digital), Germany

Platform Ecology: A user-centric and relational conceptualization of online platforms

On-/Offline Interferences. Digitalisation and Socio-Spatial Transformations

November/15/2021
IRS, Erkner (digital), Germany

Platform Ecology: A user-centric and relational conceptualization of online platforms

II Digital Geographies Conference (Virtual): Critical perspectives on the platform economy

October/29/2021
Lissabon, Lissabon, Portugal

Creative digipreneurs and connective media platforms: practices of socio-technical niche construction on and beyond Instagram

Digital Geographies Conference

October/28/2021
Virtual conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Creative digipreneurs and socio-technical niches: work practices of entrepreneuring in a platform mediated environment

37th European Group of Organisation Studies Colloquium (EGOS)

July/10/2021
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), online, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Making long distance work - reflections on studying everyday practices in on/offline workplaces

Jahrestreffen des AK Labour Geography 2021

February/11/2021
Online

2020
Räumliche Einbettung von Plattform Ökologien

NKG XVII: Technocultures & Technoscapes

January/31/2020
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2019
Platforms and Cities: The Interrelation of Concrete and Virtual Space in the Making of Fashion Cities

IRS Spring Academy 2019

June/07/2019
Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany