In IRS’s research on society and space the investigation of the two-way structuring of institutions and governance is a fundamental research topic. Governance in this context is understood as the coordination of action, thus as the interaction of mainly collective actors with the aim of managing interdependencies. The foci of governance research at the IRS are constructions of space that are constituted by collective action and are results or places of spatial governance.

Spatial governance results from the interplay of different types of action and management. These manifestations are specific to their respective field of action (e.g. regeneration policy, implementation of decentralised energy transitions), specific for certain cities or regions, and specific to the interaction of different levels of action in multi-level governance. In this context, processes of reallocation of power connected with Europeanisation and regionalisation are important. Implications of spatial governance become visible through the influence of migration, policy mobility or the role of key figures.

Photo: © Harald Hirsch