Dr. Ralph Richter

Ralph Richter is a research assistant and deputy head of the research department „Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development”. He is also a visiting lecturer in the field of urban and regional sociology. Recently, he taught at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Ralph Richter studied Sociology and Communication and Media Science at the Universität Leipzig and the University of Naples Federico II /Italy (1996-2003). In 2011 he completed his doctoral thesis about “Place-based Identity as Endogenous Resource in Shrinking Cities” at the Universität Leipzig. Ralph Richter was scientific assistant in research projects at the Universität Leipzig (“Preconditions and Effects of Regional Identity”, 2003-2005) and the Technische Universität Darmstadt (“City Marketing and the Intrinsic Logic of Cities”, 2011-2014). In 2010 and 2011 he supported the application for the planned Transregional Collaborative Research Center “Urbanity in Africa” (TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt).

Ralph Richter is a member of the German Sociological Association (DGS) and of the DGS Section “Urban and Regional Sociology”.

Portrait: © Ernst Fessler

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Demographic Change
Innovation Research
Small and Medium Sized Cities
Urban Planning and Development
Village and Community Development
Rural Areas and Rural Communities
Migration Studies
Shrinking Cities
Social Entrepreneurship
Urban Research
Disciplines
Sociology
Sociology of Knowledge
Urban and Regional Sociology
Sociology of Communication
Science on Communication and Media
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Image Analysis
Document Analysis
Ethnographical Methods
Expert Interviews
Case Study Design
Conversation Analysis
Group Discussion
Content Analysis
Semi-Structured Interviews
Multivariate Analysis
Secondary Analysis
Standardized Surveys
Participatory Observation
Telephone Interviews
Text Analysis
Univariate Analysis
Grounded Theory Method

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Changing patterns in the production, consumption and delivery of goods are forcing urban quarters to adapt. In recent times, there has been a significant rise in the quantity of goods ordered and delivered. Increasingly, groceries for immediate consumption are also being ordered and delivered, alongside other products of mid- and long-term needs. The resultant rise in the quantity of transported goods, and the emergence of intricate delivery networks, pose a major challenge for cities. As ever more delivery vehicles navigate city streets, pollution and traffic congestion increase, while traffic accidents become more likely. Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched the “Urban Quarter 4.0” (Stadtquartier 4.0) research project in an effort to identify and experiment with solutions to such challenges. more info

At the intersection of technical and social innovation, the project "Stadtquartier 4.1" seeks to find out, if and how the introduction of novel logistics and mobility services (such as automated parcel pick-up stations and cargo-bike sharing) in a neighbourhood impacts on local dwellers' behaviours and attitudes related to logistics. Secondly, it seeks to understand the communicative and participatory processes which lead to the introduction of said services into a neighbourhood. Thirdly, it investigates, if and how the social acceptance for novel logistics and mobility services systematically varies between urban and sub-urban environments. The IRS sub-project within the consortium provides knowledge, if and under which conditions technical innovations in the field of urban logistics establish in society and contribute to sustainable urban development. more info

Social businesses are increasingly recognised by policy makers, academics, civil society actors and the business sector. In the federal state of Brandenburg, there is a wide range of social businesses. Against this backdrop, the study "Market-Oriented Social Businesses in Brandenburg" seeks to provide the first structured overview of the current state, growth potentials and the need for support of social businesses in Brandenburg. The study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy focusses on market-oriented business, hence, organisations which generate revenues for social causes by positioning new products and services. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2020
Richter, R. (2020). The Industrial History in Urban Imaginaries and City Images: A Comparison between Dortmund and Glasgow. In C. Reicher, F. Bayro-Kaiser, H. Jansen, & J. Polívka (Eds.), Polycentric City Regions in Transformation: The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective (pp. 159-166). (Stadt- und Raumplanung; No. 20). Zürich: LIT.
Richter, R., Söding, M., & Christmann, G. (2020). Logistik und Mobilität in der Stadt von morgen: Eine Expert*innenstudie über letzte Meile, Sharing-Konzepte und urbane Produktion. (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2020, No. 1). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.
Richter, R., Fink, M., Lang, R., & Maresch, D. (2020). Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe. (Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation). New York, London: Routledge.
2019
Richter, R. (2019). Sozialer Wandel ländlicher Gesellschaften. In W. Nell, & M. Weiland (Eds.), Dorf: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (pp. 129-136). Berlin: J.B. Metzler.
Richter, R. (2019). Rural Social Enterprises as Embedded Intermediaries: The Innovative Power of Connecting Rural Communities with Supra-Regional Networks. Journal of Rural Studies, 70(8), 179-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.12.005
2018
Allen, S., Smyth, C., Dębska, R., Dampasi, S., Hollinetz, M., Mader, W., ... Richter, R. Rural Social Enterprises: Experiences from the Field: An Experiential Report Created by Practitioners, for Practitioners, in the Field of Social Enterprise
Richter, R. (2018). The Janus Face of Participatory Governance: How Inclusive Governance Benefits and Limits the Social Innovativeness of Social Enterprises. Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity , 7(1), 61-87. DOI: 10.5947/jeod.2018.004
2017
Richter, R. (2017). Pluspunkte sammeln: Über den schwierigen Umgang mit dem industriellen Erbe im Stadtmarketing von Dortmund und Glasgow. In S. Eisenhuth, & M. Sabrow (Eds.), Schattenorte: Stadtimages und Vergangenheitslast (pp. 40-58). Göttingen: Wallstein.
Richter, R. (2017). The Industrial Heritage in Urban Imaginaries and City Images: A Comparison between Dortmund and Glasgow. The Public Historian, Special Issue, 39(4), 65-84. DOI: 10.1525/tph.2017.39.4.65
Fink, M., Lang, R., & Richter, R. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship in Marginalised Rural Europe: Towards Evidence-Based Policy for Enhanced Social Innovation. Regions, 306(1), 6-10. DOI: 10.1080/13673882.2017.11878963
Richter, R., & Fink, M. Policy Brief on Social Entrepreneurship as Driver of Change in Marginalised Rural Europe
2016
Philipps, A., Schölzel, H., & Richter, R. (2016). Defaced Election Posters: Between Culture Jamming and Moral Outrage. A Case Study. Communication, Politics and Culture, 49(1), 86-110.
Richter, R., & Rohnstock, N. (2016). Der Erzählsalon als Verfahren strategischen Erzählens: Konzeptionelle Voraussetzungen und empirische Gestalt am Beispiel des Projektes Lausitz an einen Tisch. Diegesis, 5(2), 84-100.
Richter, R. (2016). Social Innovations in Rural Life Worlds. In V. M. Carlow (Ed.), Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World (pp. 140-147). Berlin: Jovis.
2014
Rauscher, J., & Richter, R. (2014). Orte und Differenzen. In S. Frank, P. Gehring, J. Griem, & M. Haus (Eds.), Städte unterscheiden lernen: Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste: Birmingham, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Glasgow (pp. 135-172). (Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung; No. 19). Frankfurt (Main): Campus.
Richter, R. (2014). Meine Stadt soll schöner werden: Diskursive Strategien der Raumaneignung beim Auftreten städtischer Krisen. In B. Busse, & I. H. Warnke (Eds.), Place-Making in urbanen Diskursen (pp. 231-258). (Diskursmuster; No. 7). Boston: De Gruyter.
Richter, R. (2014). Differenzierung inszenieren: Der Fall Stadtmarketing. In S. Frank, P. Gehring, J. Griem, & M. Haus (Eds.), Städte unterscheiden lernen: Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste: Birmingham, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Glasgow (pp. 245-281). (Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung; No. 19). Frankfurt (Main): Campus.
Berking, H., Frank, S., Marent, J., & Richter, R. (2014). Städte als Sozialfiguren. In S. Frank, P. Gehring, J. Griem, & M. Haus (Eds.), Städte unterscheiden lernen: Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste: Birmingham, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Glasgow (pp. 335-360). (Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung; No. 19). Frankfurt (Main): Campus.
2013
Richter, R. (2013). Nach dem Schrumpfen: Stadtbezogene Identität als Potenzial schrumpfender Städte. Berlin: Frank & Timme.
2012
Philipps, A., & Richter, R. (2012). Visual Content Analysis of Stencil Graffiti: Employing Street Reading for the Study of Stenciling. Visual Methodologies, 1(1), 25-38. DOI: 10.7331/vm.v1i1.15

Selected Publications by Type

Monograph
Richter, R., Fink, M., Lang, R., & Maresch, D. (2020). Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe. (Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation). New York, London: Routledge.
Richter, R. (2013). Nach dem Schrumpfen: Stadtbezogene Identität als Potenzial schrumpfender Städte. Berlin: Frank & Timme.
Journal Article
Richter, R. (2019). Rural Social Enterprises as Embedded Intermediaries: The Innovative Power of Connecting Rural Communities with Supra-Regional Networks. Journal of Rural Studies, 70(8), 179-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.12.005
Richter, R. (2018). The Janus Face of Participatory Governance: How Inclusive Governance Benefits and Limits the Social Innovativeness of Social Enterprises. Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity , 7(1), 61-87. DOI: 10.5947/jeod.2018.004
Richter, R. (2017). The Industrial Heritage in Urban Imaginaries and City Images: A Comparison between Dortmund and Glasgow. The Public Historian, Special Issue, 39(4), 65-84. DOI: 10.1525/tph.2017.39.4.65
Fink, M., Lang, R., & Richter, R. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship in Marginalised Rural Europe: Towards Evidence-Based Policy for Enhanced Social Innovation. Regions, 306(1), 6-10. DOI: 10.1080/13673882.2017.11878963
Philipps, A., Schölzel, H., & Richter, R. (2016). Defaced Election Posters: Between Culture Jamming and Moral Outrage. A Case Study. Communication, Politics and Culture, 49(1), 86-110.
Richter, R., & Rohnstock, N. (2016). Der Erzählsalon als Verfahren strategischen Erzählens: Konzeptionelle Voraussetzungen und empirische Gestalt am Beispiel des Projektes Lausitz an einen Tisch. Diegesis, 5(2), 84-100.
Philipps, A., & Richter, R. (2012). Visual Content Analysis of Stencil Graffiti: Employing Street Reading for the Study of Stenciling. Visual Methodologies, 1(1), 25-38. DOI: 10.7331/vm.v1i1.15
Contribution to Anthology
Richter, R. (2020). The Industrial History in Urban Imaginaries and City Images: A Comparison between Dortmund and Glasgow. In C. Reicher, F. Bayro-Kaiser, H. Jansen, & J. Polívka (Eds.), Polycentric City Regions in Transformation: The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective (pp. 159-166). (Stadt- und Raumplanung; No. 20). Zürich: LIT.
Richter, R. (2019). Sozialer Wandel ländlicher Gesellschaften. In W. Nell, & M. Weiland (Eds.), Dorf: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (pp. 129-136). Berlin: J.B. Metzler.
Richter, R. (2017). Pluspunkte sammeln: Über den schwierigen Umgang mit dem industriellen Erbe im Stadtmarketing von Dortmund und Glasgow. In S. Eisenhuth, & M. Sabrow (Eds.), Schattenorte: Stadtimages und Vergangenheitslast (pp. 40-58). Göttingen: Wallstein.
Richter, R. (2016). Social Innovations in Rural Life Worlds. In V. M. Carlow (Ed.), Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World (pp. 140-147). Berlin: Jovis.
Rauscher, J., & Richter, R. (2014). Orte und Differenzen. In S. Frank, P. Gehring, J. Griem, & M. Haus (Eds.), Städte unterscheiden lernen: Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste: Birmingham, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Glasgow (pp. 135-172). (Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung; No. 19). Frankfurt (Main): Campus.
Richter, R. (2014). Meine Stadt soll schöner werden: Diskursive Strategien der Raumaneignung beim Auftreten städtischer Krisen. In B. Busse, & I. H. Warnke (Eds.), Place-Making in urbanen Diskursen (pp. 231-258). (Diskursmuster; No. 7). Boston: De Gruyter.
Richter, R. (2014). Differenzierung inszenieren: Der Fall Stadtmarketing. In S. Frank, P. Gehring, J. Griem, & M. Haus (Eds.), Städte unterscheiden lernen: Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste: Birmingham, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Glasgow (pp. 245-281). (Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung; No. 19). Frankfurt (Main): Campus.
Berking, H., Frank, S., Marent, J., & Richter, R. (2014). Städte als Sozialfiguren. In S. Frank, P. Gehring, J. Griem, & M. Haus (Eds.), Städte unterscheiden lernen: Zur Analyse interurbaner Kontraste: Birmingham, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Glasgow (pp. 335-360). (Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung; No. 19). Frankfurt (Main): Campus.
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Allen, S., Smyth, C., Dębska, R., Dampasi, S., Hollinetz, M., Mader, W., ... Richter, R. Rural Social Enterprises: Experiences from the Field: An Experiential Report Created by Practitioners, for Practitioners, in the Field of Social Enterprise
Richter, R., & Fink, M. Policy Brief on Social Entrepreneurship as Driver of Change in Marginalised Rural Europe
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Richter, R., Söding, M., & Christmann, G. (2020). Logistik und Mobilität in der Stadt von morgen: Eine Expert*innenstudie über letzte Meile, Sharing-Konzepte und urbane Produktion. (IRS Dialog; Vol. 2020, No. 1). Erkner: Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung.

Talks

2020
Koproduktion als sozio-technische Aneignung und Teilhabe am Beispiel der Stadtlogistik

Urban Sharing Society

February/07/2020
Wuppertal

2019
Like Spiders in the Web: How Social Enterprises Develop and Implement Innovative Solutions in Rural Regions

7th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

June/26/2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom

2018
Social Enterprises in Poland: On Opportunities and Constraints

For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move

November/15/2018
Sevilla, Spain

Das Innovationsfeld der Regionalentwicklung als Resonanzraum für soziale Innovationen auf dem Land

39. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2018

September/27/2018
Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

Sozialunternehmen im Spiegel europäischer Wirtschaftskulturen

39. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2018

September/26/2018
Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

Social Innovation and Collective Action in Rural Communities

XIX World Congress of Sociology 2018

July/19/2018
Toronto, Canada

"Like a Spider in the Web": Local Capacity Building By Interconnecting Rural Communities

XIX World Congress of Sociology 2018

July/16/2018
Toronto, Canada

Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Regions: Experiences from an European Training Network

Collaborative Research in Horizon 2020. Promoting German-Polish Cooperation in EU Research Funding

May/25/2018
Frankfurt/O. & Slubice, Germany

Zwischen neuer Ländlichkeit und Entleerung: Sozialer Wandel im ländlichen Raum

Ringvorlesung "REM-Lecture" - Real Estate Management an der TU Berlin

January/17/2018
Berlin, Germany

2017
Results and Findings of the RurInno Project

Intermediaries in the Countryside. Social Enterprises as Drivers of Social Innovation in Rural Europe

December/08/2017
Poznan, Poznan, Germany

Social Enterprises in Peripheralised Rural Regions: The blessing and the curse of subsidies

International conference "Coping With Uneven Development in Europe"

September/28/2017
Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Intermediaries in the Countryside: How Rural Social Enterprises Foster Social Innovation

6th EMES Research Conference on Social Enterprise

July/04/2017
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Belgium

Sozialunternehmen als Förderer sozialer Innovationen auf dem Land?: Erkenntnisse aus Forschung und Praxis

„Soziale Innovationen Lokal Gestalten“ XIX. Tagung für Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften

June/10/2017
Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

2016
Rural Social Enterprises as Intermediaries

International Social Innovation Conference 2016

September/05/2016
Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Dr. Ralph Richter in the Media