Alice Bobée
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Since June 2018 Alice Bobée has been working in the research project “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education. International Branch Campus development at the Interface of Network and Territorial Embeddedness (TRANSEDU)“ within the research department „Dynamics of Economic Spaces“.

She obtained a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a focus on Cultural Studies from the University College of Maastricht. It was followed by a Master of Arts in “Sociology – European Societies” at the Freie Universität of Berlin, in which she specialized on elite sociology, symbolic boundaries and distinction practices. In her Master thesis she explored the collective identity construction of students of a School of Governance in Berlin. Next to her studies she worked as a student assistant for projects tackling the future of mobility (Institut Futur), Islamist radicalization in France as well as African-European research partnerships (Berlin Social Science Center).

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Knowledge Economy
Cultural Studies
Economical Geography
Cultural Geography
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Focus Group Method
Content Analysis
Semi-Structured Interviews


Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

In the past twenty years, the number of students completing university studies in a foreign country has constantly been on the rise. In addition, many universities are investing in international branch campuses (IBCs) abroad. These are initial indices for a parallel globalisation of knowledge-intensive branches of the economy and of the university landscape. The Leibniz Junior Research Group “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education” (TRANSEDU) is concerned with the relationship between globalised economic processes and the internationalisation of the academic and research landscapes. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

The project adopts a cultural economic approach to investigate the discourses that constitute the development of French campuses abroad and the materialization thereof in the space of the campuses, while paying attention to the dissonances and renegotiations involved in the process. Addressed through qualitative expert interviews with decision-makers working in French public and private higher education institutions, the following research question guides the analysis: “How is the development of French branch campuses discursively and materially constructed, branded and experienced?” more info


"We thought that coming with a French image would be very attractive". An analysis of spatial imaginaries in the context of French offshore campus development.

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2019

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

French Offshore Campus Development: Discourses, Branding, Experiences

Gemeinsames Kolloquium IRS-Humboldt Universität Wirtschaftsgeographie

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geographisches Institut, Berlin, Germany

French Offshore Campuses Development: Discourses, Branding, Experiences

International Workshop “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education”

Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

Spatializing globalization: The offshoring of French International Branch campuses between strategies and lived reality

Monthly colloquium of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB)

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Now, you can learn about research on society and space by listening online. On May 8th 2019, the new IRS podcast "Society@Space“ was launched with its first episode "Welcome to Nottingham, Malaysia“. In it, three internationally renowned guests of IRS, who did research on the globalisation of higher education, talk about their work: Sarah Hall (Nottingham, UK), Francis Collings (Waikato, New Zealand) amd Kris Olds (Madison, USA) were in Erkner in early January of 2019 following an invitation by Jana Kleibert (IRS) to coach three PhD students working in the Leibniz Junior Research Group TRANSEDU. more info