Anna Oechslen
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Anna Oechslen joined the department „Dynamics of Economic Spaces” at IRS in November, 2017. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at Humboldt University, Berlin and spent a term abroad at the University of Sussex in Great Britain. Her Master’s degree is also from Humboldt University in Modern South and Southeast Asia Studies. Before working at IRS, she was a research assistant at the chair of Society and Transformation at Humboldt University’s Institute for Asian and African Studies and taught a seminar there on the city as a ‘gendered space’ in summer 2017. Her main research interests are the interrelation of material and virtual spaces and subversive media practices.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Creative Economy
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Ethnographical Methods


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


Grenzenlose Möglichkeiten? Über die Fortsetzung globaler Hierarchien in der Infrastruktur von Crowdwork-Plattformen

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2019


Global Platform Labour - Negotiating the Value of Work in a Transcultural Space

Reshaping Work in the Platform Economy


Global Platform Labour - Negotiating the Value of Work in a Digital Age

Sommerschule Gender and Space