Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt
currently on leave | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt currently has a temporary professorship for economic geography at RWTH Aachen up until 30.09.2020. To reach her please use the contact information above.

She joined the research department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces” at the IRS in 2002 and became deputy head of the research department in 2012. In 2016 she was additionally appointed as junior professor for Applied Economic Geography at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Suntje Schmidt studied Geography, American Studies, and Business Administration at the Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and City College in New York. In 2012 she defended her doctoral thesis on “Channels, Effects and spatial Implications of Knowledge Spillovers in the Knowledge Economy” at the Department of Geography at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

She worked as a student assistant and later as a research fellow with Empirica, a private research and consultancy firm based in Berlin and Bonn. At the IRS she worked as a project coordinator as well as a project leader of several international research projects and as a research fellow in both, third party funded and institutionally funded research projects. In her research she focuses on the spatial dimension of knowledge sharing arrangements, new uncertainties and resilience strategies in volatile labor markets and open creative labs as open spaces for sharing, generating and applying knowledge. Suntje Schmidt also taught Bachelors and Masters students at the University of Potsdam, the Brandenburg University of Technology, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

Portrait: © Thomas Ecke

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Labour Market Research
Innovation Research
Creative Economy
Open Creative Labs
Metropolitan Areas
Communities of Practice
Resilience Studies
Disciplines
Geography
Economical Geography
American Studies
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Document Analysis
Expert Interviews
Case Study Design
Content Analysis
Semi-Structured Interviews
Secondary Analysis
Standardized Surveys
Participatory Observation
Telephone Interviews
Text Analysis
Univariate Analysis

Projects

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

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

The IRS is a participant in the “Innovation Hub13 – fast track to transfer”, a project funded as part of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research's (BMBF's) “Innovative Hochschule” initiative, and obtained by the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt developed the sub-project “Open Region: Regional Challenges as Starting Points for Innovation”, which resides at the intersection of innovation promotion and regional development. The aim of the project is to create the conditions for the integration of until now unconsidered innovation actors, in order to develop cooperative solutions for regionally relevant problem areas in Brandenburg. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Schmidt, S. (2019). In the Making: Open Creative Labs as an Emerging Topic in Cconomic Geography? Geography Compass. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12463
Hautala, J., & Schmidt, S. (2019). Learning Across Distances: An International Collaborative Learning Project between Berlin and Turku. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43(2), 181-200.
2018
Ibert, O., Brinks, V., & Schmidt, S. Open Creative Labs in the Urban Context: Why do they Proliferate?
Ibert, O., Brinks, V., & Schmidt, S. Do It! Partizipation und Innovation durch "Machen" in Open Creative Labs: Politische Gestaltungsaufgaben und Förderoptionen
Schmidt, S., Ibert, O., Kühn, J., & Kuebart, A. (2018). Open Creative Labs in Deutschland – Räumliche Konfigurationen für Temporäres Experimentieren und Arbeiten. In H. Pechlaner, & E. Innerhofer (Eds.), Temporäre Konzepte: Coworking und Coliving als Perspekive für die Regionalentwicklung (pp. 60-76). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
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., Schmidt, S., Brinks, V., Kuebart, A., & Kühn, J. Open Creative Labs in Deutschland: Typologisierung, Verbreitung, Entwicklungsbedingungen und politische Gestaltung
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.
Schmidt, S., & Brinks, V. (2017). Open Creative Labs: Spatial Settings at the Intersection of Communities and Organizations. Creativity and Innovation Management, 26(3), 291–299. DOI: 10.1111/caim.12220
Lange, B., Schmidt, S., Domann, V., Ibert, O., Kühn, J., & Kuebart, A. (2017). Basteln – Gestalten – Experimentieren: Offene kreative Orte in Deutschland. In Nationalatlas (Vol. 11,3). Leipzig: Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde.
2016
Schmidt, S., Ibert, O., Kuebart, A., & Kühn, J. Open Creative Labs: Typologisierung, Verbreitung und Entwicklungsbedingungen
2015
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.
Kleibrink, A., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Communities of Practice as New Actors: Innovation Labs Inside and Outside Government. In Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook 2015 (pp. 64-73). Luxembourg: European Commission. DOI: 10.2759/92658
Schmidt, S. (2015). Balancing the Spatial Localisation ‘Tilt’: Knowledge Spillovers in Processes of Knowledge-Intensive Services. Geoforum, 65, 374–386. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.05.009
Zwilling, J., Ibert, O., Christmann, G., Schmidt, S., & Honeck, T. Urbane Experimente: IRS aktuell No. 82
Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Vorsicht, Sackgasse! Anpassung und Anpassungsfähigkeit in volatilen Arbeitsmärkten. Das Beispiel Musicaldarsteller. In M. Endreß, & A. Maurer (Eds.), Resilienz im Sozialen: Theoretische und empirische Analysen (pp. 207-241). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Brinks, V., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Global Knowledge Communities in Temporary Spaces. Paper presented at Transience and Permanence in Urban Development (TPUD), Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2014
Schmidt, S., Brinks, V., & Brinkhoff, S. (2014). Innovation and Creativity Labs in Berlin: Organizing Temporary Spatial Configurations for Innovations. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 58(4), 232-247. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw.2014.0016
Schmidt, S. (2014). Die Praxis der Kreativität: Eine Ethnografie kreativer Arbeit. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 61(1), 56-57. DOI: 10.1515/zfw-2016-0040
Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2014). Once You Are in You Might Need to Get Out: Adaptation and Adaptability in Volatile Labor Markets - the Case of Musical Actors. Social Sciences, 3(1), 1-23. DOI: 10.3390/socsci3010001
2013
Schmidt, S., Minniberger, C., Płoszaj, A., & Plaschnick, Y. (Eds.) (2013). Knowledge Network Management Transfer: Strategic Guideline and Policy Recommendations. Warschau: Wydawnictwo Naukowe "Scholar".
2012
Schmidt, S. (2012). Universities as Knowledge Nodes in Open Innovation Systems. In R. Capello, A. Olechnicka, & G. Gorzelak (Eds.), Universities, Cities and Regions: Loci for Knowledge and Innovation Creation (pp. 82-98). (Routledge Studies in Global Competition). London ; New York: Routledge.
Schmidt, S. (2012). Wissensspillover in der Wissensökonomie: Kanäle, Effekte und räumliche Ausprägungen. (Stadt- und Regionalwissenschaften; No. 8). Münster: LIT.
Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2012). Acting on Multiple Stages: How Musical Actors Construct Their Labour-Market Vulnerability and Resilience. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 70(4), 349-361.
Minniberger, C., Olechnicka, A., Płoszaj, A., & Schmidt, S. (Eds.) (2012). Knowledge Network Management Toolbox. Warschau: Wydawnictwo Naukowe "Scholar".
2011
Wolke, M., & Schmidt, S. (2011). Deutschland neu gesehen? Ausdifferenzierung des deutschen Städtesystems durch Wissensökonomie. In U. Altrock, J. Aring, U. Hahne, & I. Reuther (Eds.), Gewinnen: Verlieren. Transformieren. Die Europäischen Stadtregionen in Bewegung. Die europäischen Stadtregionen in Bewegung (pp. 53-71). (Schriften des Fachbereichs Architektur, Stadtplanung, Landschaftsplanung der Universität Kassel; No. 2). Berlin: Reimer.
Minniberger, C., & Schmidt, S. Berlin`s Knowledge Atlas for Future Entrepreneurs: Optical Technologies
2010
Kujath, H. J., & Schmidt, S. (2010). Räume der Wissenschaft und des Lernens - Koordinationsmechanismen der Wissensgenerierung in der Wissensökonomie. In H. Kilper (Ed.), Governance und Raum (pp. 161-188). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Schmidt, S. (2010). Beziehungen der Wissensgenerierung von Hochtechnologiebetrieben und Transaktionsdienstleistern in deutschen Stadtregionen. In H. J. Kujath, & S. Zillmer (Eds.), Räume der Wissensökonomie: Implikationen für das deutsche Städtesystem (pp. 247-282). Münster: LIT.
Kujath, H. J., & Schmidt, S. (2010). Wissensökonomie und Städtesystem. In H. J. Kujath, & S. Zillmer (Eds.), Räume der Wissensökonomie: Implikationen für das deutsche Städtesystem (pp. 83-101). Münster: LIT.
2009
SCHMIDT, S., & WOLKE, M. (2009). The Importance of Infrastructures and Interaction Networks for Regional Competitiveness in the Knowledge Economy. In H. Kilper (Ed.), German Annual of Spatial Research and Policy 2009: New Disparities in Spatial Development in Europe. (pp. 51-66). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.

Selected Publications by Type

Anthology
Schmidt, S., Minniberger, C., Płoszaj, A., & Plaschnick, Y. (Eds.) (2013). Knowledge Network Management Transfer: Strategic Guideline and Policy Recommendations. Warschau: Wydawnictwo Naukowe "Scholar".
Minniberger, C., Olechnicka, A., Płoszaj, A., & Schmidt, S. (Eds.) (2012). Knowledge Network Management Toolbox. Warschau: Wydawnictwo Naukowe "Scholar".
Conference Paper
Brinks, V., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Global Knowledge Communities in Temporary Spaces. Paper presented at Transience and Permanence in Urban Development (TPUD), Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Contribution to Anthology
Schmidt, S., Ibert, O., Kühn, J., & Kuebart, A. (2018). Open Creative Labs in Deutschland – Räumliche Konfigurationen für Temporäres Experimentieren und Arbeiten. In H. Pechlaner, & E. Innerhofer (Eds.), Temporäre Konzepte: Coworking und Coliving als Perspekive für die Regionalentwicklung (pp. 60-76). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
Kleibrink, A., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Communities of Practice as New Actors: Innovation Labs Inside and Outside Government. In Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook 2015 (pp. 64-73). Luxembourg: European Commission. DOI: 10.2759/92658
Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2015). Vorsicht, Sackgasse! Anpassung und Anpassungsfähigkeit in volatilen Arbeitsmärkten. Das Beispiel Musicaldarsteller. In M. Endreß, & A. Maurer (Eds.), Resilienz im Sozialen: Theoretische und empirische Analysen (pp. 207-241). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Schmidt, S. (2012). Universities as Knowledge Nodes in Open Innovation Systems. In R. Capello, A. Olechnicka, & G. Gorzelak (Eds.), Universities, Cities and Regions: Loci for Knowledge and Innovation Creation (pp. 82-98). (Routledge Studies in Global Competition). London ; New York: Routledge.
Wolke, M., & Schmidt, S. (2011). Deutschland neu gesehen? Ausdifferenzierung des deutschen Städtesystems durch Wissensökonomie. In U. Altrock, J. Aring, U. Hahne, & I. Reuther (Eds.), Gewinnen: Verlieren. Transformieren. Die Europäischen Stadtregionen in Bewegung. Die europäischen Stadtregionen in Bewegung (pp. 53-71). (Schriften des Fachbereichs Architektur, Stadtplanung, Landschaftsplanung der Universität Kassel; No. 2). Berlin: Reimer.
Kujath, H. J., & Schmidt, S. (2010). Räume der Wissenschaft und des Lernens - Koordinationsmechanismen der Wissensgenerierung in der Wissensökonomie. In H. Kilper (Ed.), Governance und Raum (pp. 161-188). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Schmidt, S. (2010). Beziehungen der Wissensgenerierung von Hochtechnologiebetrieben und Transaktionsdienstleistern in deutschen Stadtregionen. In H. J. Kujath, & S. Zillmer (Eds.), Räume der Wissensökonomie: Implikationen für das deutsche Städtesystem (pp. 247-282). Münster: LIT.
Kujath, H. J., & Schmidt, S. (2010). Wissensökonomie und Städtesystem. In H. J. Kujath, & S. Zillmer (Eds.), Räume der Wissensökonomie: Implikationen für das deutsche Städtesystem (pp. 83-101). Münster: LIT.
SCHMIDT, S., & WOLKE, M. (2009). The Importance of Infrastructures and Interaction Networks for Regional Competitiveness in the Knowledge Economy. In H. Kilper (Ed.), German Annual of Spatial Research and Policy 2009: New Disparities in Spatial Development in Europe. (pp. 51-66). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.
Contribution to Forum or Blog
Ibert, O., Brinks, V., & Schmidt, S. Open Creative Labs in the Urban Context: Why do they Proliferate?
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Ibert, O., Brinks, V., & Schmidt, S. Do It! Partizipation und Innovation durch "Machen" in Open Creative Labs: Politische Gestaltungsaufgaben und Förderoptionen
Schmidt, S., Ibert, O., Kuebart, A., & Kühn, J. Open Creative Labs: Typologisierung, Verbreitung und Entwicklungsbedingungen
Final or Preliminary Project Report (not published)
Ibert, O., Schmidt, S., Brinks, V., Kuebart, A., & Kühn, J. Open Creative Labs in Deutschland: Typologisierung, Verbreitung, Entwicklungsbedingungen und politische Gestaltung
Minniberger, C., & Schmidt, S. Berlin`s Knowledge Atlas for Future Entrepreneurs: Optical Technologies
Journal Article
Schmidt, S. (2019). In the Making: Open Creative Labs as an Emerging Topic in Cconomic Geography? Geography Compass. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12463
Hautala, J., & Schmidt, S. (2019). Learning Across Distances: An International Collaborative Learning Project between Berlin and Turku. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43(2), 181-200.
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.
Schmidt, S., & Brinks, V. (2017). Open Creative Labs: Spatial Settings at the Intersection of Communities and Organizations. Creativity and Innovation Management, 26(3), 291–299. DOI: 10.1111/caim.12220
Schmidt, S. (2015). Balancing the Spatial Localisation ‘Tilt’: Knowledge Spillovers in Processes of Knowledge-Intensive Services. Geoforum, 65, 374–386. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.05.009
Schmidt, S., Brinks, V., & Brinkhoff, S. (2014). Innovation and Creativity Labs in Berlin: Organizing Temporary Spatial Configurations for Innovations. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 58(4), 232-247. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw.2014.0016
Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2014). Once You Are in You Might Need to Get Out: Adaptation and Adaptability in Volatile Labor Markets - the Case of Musical Actors. Social Sciences, 3(1), 1-23. DOI: 10.3390/socsci3010001
Ibert, O., & Schmidt, S. (2012). Acting on Multiple Stages: How Musical Actors Construct Their Labour-Market Vulnerability and Resilience. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 70(4), 349-361.
Monograph
Schmidt, S. (2012). Wissensspillover in der Wissensökonomie: Kanäle, Effekte und räumliche Ausprägungen. (Stadt- und Regionalwissenschaften; No. 8). Münster: LIT.
Other Contribution to Book
Lange, B., Schmidt, S., Domann, V., Ibert, O., Kühn, J., & Kuebart, A. (2017). Basteln – Gestalten – Experimentieren: Offene kreative Orte in Deutschland. In Nationalatlas (Vol. 11,3). Leipzig: Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde.
Publication (Science Communication)
Zwilling, J., Ibert, O., Christmann, G., Schmidt, S., & Honeck, T. Urbane Experimente: IRS aktuell No. 82
Review in Journal
Schmidt, S. (2014). Die Praxis der Kreativität: Eine Ethnografie kreativer Arbeit. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 61(1), 56-57. DOI: 10.1515/zfw-2016-0040
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.

Talks

2019
»Open Creative Labs« New Perspectives on Technology Transfer

InnoX - Zukunftskonferenz 2019

September/18/2019

2018
Große Versprechungen? Ansprüche an und Rolle von Open Creative Labs in Regionen

Geographisches Kolloquium der RWTH Aachen

December/05/2018

Open Creative Labs as Local Anchors of Career-Related Resilience

Social Constructions of Resiliencies. Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Analyses.

November/21/2018

Boundlessly Open. Openness as the Double-Edged Sword of and for (Silent) Peripheries in the Center

5th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2018

July/25/2018

Anchoring Resilience in and Through Open Creative Labs in Amsterdam, Berlin and Detroit

34th European Group of Organization Studies Colloquium

July/06/2018

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems as a Bridging Concept? A Conceptual Contribution to the Debate on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems – Conceptualizations, Measurements and Empirical Evidences

July/04/2018

Open Creative Labs – Typologies and User Motivations

Mosaic Summer School on the Management of Creativity

July/02/2018

Communities – Organizations – Places. Place-Based Anchoring Resilience(s) in Open Creative Labs

Seminar Knowledge and Organisational Learning

March/15/2018

You Have to Throw the Dices if You Want to Play

4th Geography of Innovation Conference

February/02/2018

2017
Open Creative Labs – Zwischenorte für Ideen und Karieren

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017

October/02/2017

Temporäre Nähe als Gestaltungselement in der Spieleentwicklung

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017

October/01/2017

Open Creative Labs as Local Anchors in Translocal Work

Spatial Reconfigurations of Work in Cities

April/20/2017

Places for Resilience. Anchoring multiple forms of resilience in Open Creative Labs

Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers 2017

April/09/2017

What Makes Berlin a Special Case for Collaborative Spaces?

Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS) Seminar

March/08/2017

2016
Debating Typologies for Open Creative Labs. Examples from Germany

1st International RGCS Symposium - Work & Workplace Transformations

December/16/2016

Open Region: A contribution to territorial innovation policies in light of mobile and multi-sited innovation processes

Changing Patterns of Territorial Policy: Smart Specialisation & Innovation in Europe

September/29/2016

Open Creative Labs in Germany

RGS with IGB Annual International Conference 2016 "Nexus Thinking"

August/31/2016

2015
Open Region. A Concept for Regional Innovation Policies that creates and utilizes Opportunities for Innovations

10th International Conference on Regional Innovation Policies

October/16/2015

„Open Region“ als Leitbild für eine raumentwicklungsbezogene Innovationspolitik

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2015

October/04/2015

Memberships

  • Technische Universität Berlin (External organisation)

  • WIR! Wandel durch Innovation in der Region (External organisation)

  • Institut für Geographie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (External organisation)

News
August/06/2019

A special kind of business is meant when one speaks of startups – one that is internationally positioned and growth oriented, and which is situated in branches such as the digital, high-tech, or creative economies. Such enterprises require special conditions, summarised for some time now under the label of the “entrepreneurial ecosystem”. At the Herrenhausen Symposium “Temporal Dynamics in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems” on 1 and 2 July in Hannover, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, leading international entrepreneurship scholars discussed the current state of knowledge on entrepreneurial ecosystems. more info

Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt in the Media

Lebenslanges Lernen
(Märkische Oderzeitung, 06/29/2018)
Orte der Zukunft
(RBB Inforadio, 03/25/2018)

Recent Video

Opening of RGCS new chapter in Berlin. This new group is coordinated by Suntje Schmidt (Professor at IRS, Humboldt University), Bastian Lange (Consultant at Multiplicities), Rose-Marie Oger (community manager at Fab Lab Berlin), Serge Bolidum (CEO of McErnest) and François-Xavier de Vaujany (Professor at Université Paris-Dauphine & President of RGCS) . #collday2017 has been organized with the precious help of Aurore Dandoy, Albane Grandazzi, Stéphanie Fargeot and Victor Maestlé. The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS) is a network of scholars & think tank focused on collaborative spaces (co-workers, makers, hackers and fabbers) and how they transform or make visible new work practices.