Prof. Dr. Heiderose Kilper
Director

Prof. Dr. Heiderose Kilper is the managing director of the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space and holds a professorship in Urban and Regional Development at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus – Senftenberg.

Heiderose Kilper studied Political Science, History, German Philology and Pedagogy at Philipps-Universität Marburg between 1972 and 1978. In 1982, she received her doctorate (Dr. phil.) from the university's Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy. She earned her habilitation from the Ruhr University Bochum's Faculty of Social Science in 1998. Between 1999 and 2000, Heiderose Kilper held an interim professorship in “Municipal and Regional Development Policy and Infrastructural Planning” at the University of Konstanz's Department of Politics and Public Administration. Kilper acted as managing director of the Institute of Development Planning and Structural Research (IES) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, where she also held a professorship at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences between 2002 and 2005.

Executive Duties at the IRS

As the institute's managing director, Heiderose Kilper manages the day-to-day operations of the IRS and oversees its governing bodies and committees. She holds responsibility for personnel and financial matters.

As the director of the IRS, Heiderose Kilper's primary responsibilities entail making strategic decisions concerning the institute's research focus, organisational and personnel development, and ensuring these decisions are implemented. Her strategic decisions manifest themselves in the institute's research programmes. Since taking over as director in 2005, Heiderose Kilper has dedicated the institute to social science-based spatial research that affords special attention to the spatial dimensions of social action. This shift has also manifested itself in the renaming of the institute, which is now referred to as the “Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space”. The new name was approved by the IRS General Assembly in September 2015. Heiderose Kilper has come to stand for the institute's organisational and personnel transformation. Two developments stand out in this context. Between 2006 and 2008, preparations were made for the evaluation of the IRS by the Leibniz Association's Senate in November 2010. This evaluation was then followed by subsequent organisational and academic reforms between 2012 and 2014.

Since joining the IRS, Heiderose Kilper has headed the institute's cross-departmental projects, which are financed by the IRS. They explore issues that link the research departments' various lead projects. In so doing, these cross-departmental projects seek to develop shared conceptual foundations and to engage in coordinated empirical studies that pursue overarching research questions. As the 2015-2018 research programme indicates, the institute's current cross-departmental project is entitled “Comparative Studies on Key Figures in Spatial Development. A Working Space for the Development of Cross-Departmental Third-Party Funding Applications ".

Heiderose Kilper co-edited the “German Annual for Spatial Research and Policy“ between 2006 and 2010, and has been co-editing the journal “Raumordnung und Raumforschung” since 2010.

Reviewing and Advisory Roles / Professional Memberships

Due to her expertise, Heiderose Kilper acts as a reviewer for various research funding organisations, and in the context of professorial appointment procedures. She is a member of numerous professorial appointment committees, and advisory councils that provide expertise to policy-makers and public administrators. Heiderose Kilper also serves as a member on numerous academic supervising bodies. She has been a member of the Spatial Development Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure since the 16th legislative period (2005-2008). Moreover, she served as a member of the advisory council on the Reorganisation of Brandenburg's Economic Development Policy at the Brandenburg Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (2006-2009). Heiderose Kilper also worked on the advisory council of the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) Fürst-Pückler-Land (2008-2010), and was a member of the European University Viadrina foundation council (2008-2012; as a deputy member from 2012-2016). In 2012, she joined the board of trustees of the Leibniz institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

Heiderose Kilper is a member of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV), the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), and the Association for Spatial and Environmental Research (FRU).

Involvement at the Leibniz Association

Heiderose Kilper served as deputy spokesperson (2009-2011) and acting spokesperson (2011-2013) for the Leibniz Association's Section B (Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial Research).  As such, Heiderose Kilper also served on the Leibniz Association's Executive Board and Senate Competition Committee. She has participated in numerous working groups and committees, most recently in the Executive Board's EU Steering Committee (10/2014-06/2016) and task force on “Refining competition procedures”. Within the Leibniz Association's Research Alliance on “Crises in a Globalised World” Heiderose Kilper heads the working group on “Concepts of Crises”.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Governance Research
Cultural Landscape Policy
Resilience Studies
Key Figures
Disciplines
Political Science

Appointments and Contributions to Boards

    Advisory Council for spatial development

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Advisory Board on Spatial Development (Beirat für Raumentwicklung) to the Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the 18th Legislative Period of the German Bundestag (2012-2017)

  • Member of the Advisory Board on Spatial Development (Beirat für Raumentwicklung) to the Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the 18th Legislative Period of the German Bundestag (2012-2016)

  • Member of the Advisory Board on Spatial Development (Beirat für Raumentwicklung) to the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs in the 16th/17th Legislative Period of the German Bundestag (2005-2012)

  • Beirat "zur Begleitung der Neuausrichtung der Wirtschaftsförderpolitik des Landes Brandenburg" beim Wirtschaftsminister des Landes Brandenburg

  • Deputy Chairwoman of the „Advisory Council for the Refocusing of the Economy Policy of the State Brandenburg” / “Beirats zur Begleitung der Neuausrichtung der Wirtschaftspolitik des Landes Brandenburg” to the Minister for Economic Affairs of the State Brandenburg (2005-2008)

  • European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

  • Deputy Member of the Foundation Board of Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (2012-2016)

  • Member of the Foundation Board of Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (2008-2012)

  • Member of the Selection Comittee „Research Initiative” / “Forschungsinitiative” of the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (2008)

  • German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation "German Institute of Global and Area Studies" (GIGA ) in Hamburg (Since 2012)

  • Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) Fürst-Pückler-Land

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Fürst-Pückler-Land (2008-2009)

  • Leibniz Association

  • Member of the President of the Leibniz Association‘s Project Group for the “Advancement of the Leibniz Competition” (2014-2015)

  • Member of the EU Steering Committee of the Executive Board of the Leibniz Association (2013-2015)

  • Member of the Leibniz Association’s Committee for the Selection of Participants in the Leibniz Mentoring Programme (2012)

  • Speaker of the Section B “Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial Research” of the Leibniz Association (2011-2013)

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Leibniz Association (2010-2012)

  • (2010-2012)

  • Deputy Speaker of the Section B “Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial Research” of the Leibniz Association (2009-2011)

  • Member of the Leibniz Association Working Group “Knowledge Transfer“ (2006-2007)

Memberships

  • Academy for Spatial Research and Planning - Leibniz Forum for Spatial Sciences (ARL) (Since 2005)

  • Förderkreis für Raum- und Umweltforschung (FRU) (Since 2004)

  • German Academy of Urban Development and Regional Planning (DASL) (Since 2005)

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV) (Since 2004)

  • German Political Science Association (DVPW) (Since 2004)

  • Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft zum Studium Niedersachsens (2002-2014)

Selected publications

Kilper, H., & Gailing, L. (forthcoming). Cultural Landscapes. in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Wiley Blackwell.
Kilper, H., & Benz, A. (forthcoming). Governance. in Handwörterbuch der Raumordnung. Hannover: Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung.
Kilper, H. (forthcoming). Raumwissenschaften. in Handwörterbuch der Stadt- und Raumentwicklung. Hannover: Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung.
Leibenath, M., Heiland, S., Kilper, H., & Tzschaschel, S. (Hrsg.) (2013). Wie werden Landschaften gemacht? Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Konstituierung von Kulturlandschaften. Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag.
Kilper, H., Heiland, S., Leibenath, M., & Tzschachel, S. (2012). Die gesellschaftliche Konstituierung von Kulturlandschaft. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 70(2), 91-94.
Kilper, H., & Thurmann, T. (2011). Vulnerability and Resilience: A Topic for Spatial Research from a Social Science Perspective. in B. Müller (Hrsg.), Urban Regional Resilience: How Do Cities and Regions Deal with Climate Change? (S. 113-119). Berlin [u.a.]: Springer.
Kilper, H. (Hrsg.) (2010). Governance und Raum. Baden-Baden: Nomos-Verlagsgesellschaft.
Benz, A., Fürst, D., Kilper, H., Rehfeld, D., & Wilson, A. (2000). Regionalisation: Theory, Practice and Prospects in Germany. Stockholm: Swedish Institute for Regional Research.
Benz, A., Fürst, D., Kilper, H., & Rehfeld, D. (1999). Regionalisierung: Theorie - Praxis - Perspektiven. Opladen: Leske + Budrich. 10.1007/978-3-663-11286-0
Kilper, H. (1999). Die Internationale Bauaustellung Emscher Park: Eine Studie zur Steuerungsproblematik komplexer Erneuerungsprozesse in einer alten Industrieregion. Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
Kilper, H., & Lhotta, R. (1996). Föderalismus in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Eine Einführung. (Grundwissen Politik; Band 15). Opladen: Leske + Budrich.
Fürst, D., & Kilper, H. (1995). The Innovative Power of Regional Policy Networks: A Comparison of Two Approaches to Political Modernization in North Rhine‐Westphalia. European Planning Studies, 3(3), 287-304. 10.1080/09654319508720308

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