Knowledge and innovation constitute the basis for reflexive action within a framework of socio-spatial development processes, as they are inextricably linked with practical action. IRS research examines how innovations unfold as social processes in their specific spatial contexts – from Open Creative Labs in large cities to innovative forms of community development in rural areas. The IRS analyses the genesis of knowledge as well as the dynamics of communicating such knowledge in various spatial contexts.
IRS research focuses on the analysis of crises in the sense of severe disruptions of existing routines and the associated resilience strategies in spatial development. It analyses the spatial perception of crises and uncertainties as well as the capability of individuals, organisations and spaces to adapt to such challenges.
Institutions develop in accordance to their respective spatial characteristics and range. They regulate and coordinate cultural and political processes either formally or informally. It is for this reason that for the IRS dedicates much of its research to the interplay of different governance arrangements and the social (re)construction of spaces, as for example, in the field of urban policy or regional development.
Based on the recognition that digitalization is currently among the most influential drivers of social change, and is also reorganising our knowledge of the world, at the IRS we are particularly examining the spatial implications of this issue. In 2017, we decided to establish a new interdisciplinary topic called “Mediatisation and Digitalisation of Forms of Action” to study how forms of acting and knowledge change as a result of mediatisation and digitalisation, and especially the consequences for spatial development.
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