Dr. Felix Claus Müller
Research Communication | Research Management and Communication

Felix Müller is public relations officer at IRS. Within the science communication department, he is responsible for media contacts, IRS's own print publications for science communication as well as online and social media communication. Ahead of his work in science communication, Felix was a postdoctoral researcher in research department "Dynamics of Economic Spaces" pursuing research on innovation and economic value creation. He holds a PhD in economic geography from freie Universität Berlin and a Masters degree in regional science from Universität Potsdam. As a student he also spent time at the University of Bucharest (Romania) and the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University (UK).

Portrait: © Thomas Ecke

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Entrepreneurship Studies
Innovation Research
Mobility Studies
Network Research
Communities of Practice
Research on Capital and Space
Economic Value in Production and Consumption
Disciplines
Economical Geography
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Expert Interviews
Case Study Design
Content Analysis
Semi-Structured Interviews
Network Analysis
Secondary Analysis
Participatory Observation
Telephone Interviews
Text Analysis

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

This research project seeks to analyse processes of social construction of economic value from a spatial perspective, using the example of the global fur industry. The main idea is to combine two approaches. In the cultural geographic discourse, contributors highlight that commodities achieve high prices on markets if they are successfully associated with entities representing positive, extra-economic values. more info

Ongoing Cross-departmental Projects

In komplexen Prozessen sozialräumlichen Wandels kommt es stark auf das Wirken von Einzelnen an – so zumindest die Überzeugung erfahrener Praktiker. Am IRS werden diese Einzelpersonen als Schlüsselfiguren bezeichnet und konzeptualisiert. Doch für die raumbezogenen Sozialwissenschaften benennt die Erkenntnis der herausgehobenen Bedeutung von Schlüsselfiguren eher ein Verständnisproblem als dass es eine Erklärung liefert. Wie können Schlüsselfiguren in die sozialwissenschaftliche Analyse integriert werden? Dieser übergeordneten Frage geht das abteilungsübergreifende Brückenprojekt „Komparative Studien zu Schlüsselfiguren in der Raumentwicklung“ nach. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Müller, F. C. (2019). Finance, Innovation and Geography: How Investors Harness Knowledge Dynamics in German Biotechnology. (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology). Abingdon, New York: Routledge.
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Positioning and ‘Doing’ Geographies of Dissociation. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 88-93. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619832725
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Geographies of Dissociation: Value Creation, ‚Dark‘ Places and ‚Missing‘ Links. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 43-63. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619831114
2018
Schmidt, S., Müller, F. C., Ibert, O., & Brinks, V. (2018). Open Region: Creating and Exploiting Opportunities for Innovation at the Regional Scale. European Urban and Regional Studies, 25(2), 187-205. DOI: 10.1177/0969776417705942
Brinks, V., Ibert, O., Müller, F. C., & Schmidt, S. (2018). From Ignorance to Innovation: Serendipitous and Purposeful Mobility in Creative Processes - The Cases of Biotechnology, Legal Services and Board Games. Environment and Planning A, 50(8), 1742-1763. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18758327
2017
Ibert, O., Brinks, V., Müller, F. C., & Schmidt, S. (2017). Offene Region: Regionale Gelegenheiten zur Innovation schaffen und nutzen. Unternehmen Region, 2(2017), 31-33.
Kleibert, J. M., & Müller, F. C. (2017). Femininity and the Rise of ‘Ethical Fur’: How Fashion Designers Create Alternative Understandings of Value and Construct Gendered Identities. Journal of Consumer Ethics, 1(2), 55-62.
2015
Ibert, O., & Müller, F. C. (2015). Network Dynamics in Constellations of Cultural Differences: Relational Distance in Innovation Processes in Legal Services and Biotechnology. Research Policy, 44(1), 181-194. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.07.016
Müller, F. C., Brinks, V., Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Open Region: Leitbild für eine regionale Innovationspolitik der Schaffung und Nutzung von Gelegenheiten. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 53). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Müller, F. C., & Ibert, O. (2015). (Re-)sources of Innovation: Understanding and Comparing Time-Spatial Innovation Dynamics through the Lens of Communities of Practice. Geoforum, 65, 338-350. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.10.007
Müller, F. C. (2015). Innovative Unternehmer als raumwirksame Schlüsselfiguren: Befunde aus der Beobachtung von Innovationsprozessen in der Biotechnologie. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 54). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
2014
Ibert, O., Müller, F. C., & Stein, A. (2014). Produktive Differenzen: Eine dynamische Netzwerkanalyse von Innovationsprozessen. (Science Studies). Bielefeld: Transcript.
Müller, F. C., & Ibert, O. (2014). (Re-)Sources of Innovation: Understanding and Comparing Innovation Dynamics through the Lens of Communities of Practice. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 52). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Ibert, O., & Müller, F. C. (2014). Zur Entfaltung von Innovationen in Raum und Zeit: Befunde einer ideenzentrierten, dynamischen Netzwerkanalyse und ihre politischen Implikationen. In M. Miosga, & S. Hafner (Eds.), Regionalentwicklung im Zeichen der Großen Transformation: Strategien für Ressourceneffizienz, demografischen Wandel und Innovationsfähigkeit (pp. 183-215). München: Oekom.
2013
Ibert, O., & Müller, F. C. (2013). Idea-Centered, Dynamic Knowledge Network Analysis: Tracing the Unfolding of Innovation through Space and Time: 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013, Barcelona, Spain, June 17-19. Unknown Publisher.

Selected Publications by Type

Contribution to Anthology
Ibert, O., & Müller, F. C. (2014). Zur Entfaltung von Innovationen in Raum und Zeit: Befunde einer ideenzentrierten, dynamischen Netzwerkanalyse und ihre politischen Implikationen. In M. Miosga, & S. Hafner (Eds.), Regionalentwicklung im Zeichen der Großen Transformation: Strategien für Ressourceneffizienz, demografischen Wandel und Innovationsfähigkeit (pp. 183-215). München: Oekom.
Journal Article
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Positioning and ‘Doing’ Geographies of Dissociation. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 88-93. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619832725
Ibert, O., Hess, M., Kleibert, J. M., Müller, F. C., & Power, D. (2019). Geographies of Dissociation: Value Creation, ‚Dark‘ Places and ‚Missing‘ Links. Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(1), 43-63. DOI: 10.1177/2043820619831114
Schmidt, S., Müller, F. C., Ibert, O., & Brinks, V. (2018). Open Region: Creating and Exploiting Opportunities for Innovation at the Regional Scale. European Urban and Regional Studies, 25(2), 187-205. DOI: 10.1177/0969776417705942
Brinks, V., Ibert, O., Müller, F. C., & Schmidt, S. (2018). From Ignorance to Innovation: Serendipitous and Purposeful Mobility in Creative Processes - The Cases of Biotechnology, Legal Services and Board Games. Environment and Planning A, 50(8), 1742-1763. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18758327
Ibert, O., Brinks, V., Müller, F. C., & Schmidt, S. (2017). Offene Region: Regionale Gelegenheiten zur Innovation schaffen und nutzen. Unternehmen Region, 2(2017), 31-33.
Kleibert, J. M., & Müller, F. C. (2017). Femininity and the Rise of ‘Ethical Fur’: How Fashion Designers Create Alternative Understandings of Value and Construct Gendered Identities. Journal of Consumer Ethics, 1(2), 55-62.
Ibert, O., & Müller, F. C. (2015). Network Dynamics in Constellations of Cultural Differences: Relational Distance in Innovation Processes in Legal Services and Biotechnology. Research Policy, 44(1), 181-194. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.07.016
Müller, F. C., & Ibert, O. (2015). (Re-)sources of Innovation: Understanding and Comparing Time-Spatial Innovation Dynamics through the Lens of Communities of Practice. Geoforum, 65, 338-350. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.10.007
Monograph
Müller, F. C. (2019). Finance, Innovation and Geography: How Investors Harness Knowledge Dynamics in German Biotechnology. (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology). Abingdon, New York: Routledge.
Ibert, O., Müller, F. C., & Stein, A. (2014). Produktive Differenzen: Eine dynamische Netzwerkanalyse von Innovationsprozessen. (Science Studies). Bielefeld: Transcript.
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Müller, F. C., Brinks, V., Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Open Region: Leitbild für eine regionale Innovationspolitik der Schaffung und Nutzung von Gelegenheiten. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 53). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Müller, F. C. (2015). Innovative Unternehmer als raumwirksame Schlüsselfiguren: Befunde aus der Beobachtung von Innovationsprozessen in der Biotechnologie. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 54). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Müller, F. C., & Ibert, O. (2014). (Re-)Sources of Innovation: Understanding and Comparing Innovation Dynamics through the Lens of Communities of Practice. (Working Paper / Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung; No. 52). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung.
Ibert, O., & Müller, F. C. (2013). Idea-Centered, Dynamic Knowledge Network Analysis: Tracing the Unfolding of Innovation through Space and Time: 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013, Barcelona, Spain, June 17-19. Unknown Publisher.

Talks

2018
Geographies of Dissociation: Value Creation Through Omission in the Global Fur Industry

5th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

July/26/2018

2017
Fur Fashion and the Geography of Dissociations

Missing Links. Creating Value in Fashion

October/27/2017

Journeys of an Exceptional Material: Fur in Contemporary Geographies of Fashion

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

August/30/2017

Entrepreneure mit beschränktem Einfluss – Zur Rolle unternehmerischer Individuen in raumzeitlich verteilten Innovationsprozessen

14. Rauischholzhausener Symposium zur Wirtschaftsgeographie

April/29/2017

People, pelts, and policies: a methodological conversation on studying global networks

AAG Annual Meeting 2017

April/08/2017

Moving beyond the founder in biotech entrepreneurialism. Distributed agency and the variety of enterprising individuals in geographies of innovation

AAG Annual Meeting 2017

April/07/2017

2016
Probing geographies of dissociation in the fur-fashion industry

Interdisciplinary Workshop on geographies of Dissociation

November/25/2016

How is fur made valuable in fashion? Multi-local engagements with two global industries

seminar

November/18/2016

Geographies of Dissociation: multi-site encounters with the global fur industry and fur fashion

Department seminar

November/17/2016

Who makes markets and why?

Summer Institute on Economic Geography

July/13/2016

Open Region. A Heuristic for Regional Innovation Policies that Create and Exploit Opportunities for Innovations

19th Uddevalla Symposium 2016 on Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship

June/30/2016

Dr. Felix Claus Müller in the Media

Was bestimmt den Wert von Modeprodukten?
(RBB Kulturradio, 10/26/2017)
Inspirationen aus der Ferne
(Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, 08/30/2017)

Recent Video

Dr. Felix Müller's lecture "Fur Fashion and Geographies of Dissociation", a project presentation at the conference “Missing Links: Creating Value in Fashion” (Berlin University of the Arts, October 27, 2017).