Podcast Society@Space

In the Institute podcast Society@Space, researchers and guests of the IRS talk about their work. They explain the results they have come to, why they are important for society and what motivates them to conduct research. The podcast is published six times a year, partly in German and partly in English, and can be accessed via the IRS website, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Note: All episodes of the Institute's podcast Society@Space can be found on the German website.



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Episode 5: Living Border

Vivien Sommer of IRS (now TU Berlin) and Łukasz Rogowski of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań from Poznan work together on a joint research project which traces the changes in everyday life along the border between Poland and the German state of Brandenburg since the border was first opened in 2007. They lived temporarily in towns and villages along the river, took walks with the locals and collected observations, pictures, and video diaries of residents. In this episode they talk about their insights and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the border region. more infos


Episode 3: Of Forests and Guitars

Where do the innovations come from, that will help us deal with environmental crisis and degradation? Chris Gibson believes that small-scale experiments at the margins - of society, of human settlements, of global networks and value chains - are the way forward. For instance, in the field of guitar manufacturing, which is threatened by timber supply shortages due to deforestation. Chris is a professor of human geography at Wollongong University, Australia. However, earlier in his life he also had a career as a musician and a radio host.


Episode 1: Welcome to Nottingham, Malaysia

Geographers Francis Collins, Sarah Hall and Kris Olds discuss the globalisation of higher education, the reasons for universities to branch out internationally and future perspectives on university internationalisation in this pilot episode of the new IRS podcast Society@Space.