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Social Science-based Spatial Research


IRS research is focused on the spatial aspects and contexts of social action. In doing so, spatial phenomena are explored in terms of both processual and historical dimensions. As to processes, the social construction of spaces is of particular interest. Three conceptual pairs serve as a linkage between action-oriented and social constructivist approaches: Knowledge and Innovation; crisis and resilience and institutions and governance.
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IRS participates in the Leibniz DAAD Research Fellowship Programme (02/2016)
Applications can be submitted until March 9

The Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship programme is jointly carried out by the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified,international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at a Leibniz Institute of their choice in Germany. The IRS is participating in the programme and will be available as a hosting organisation.

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"Expulsions: A Category for our Age IRS" - International Lecture with Saskia Sassen (01/2016)
February 16 at IRS

On Februar 16 (2 to 4 PM) Prof. Saskia Sassen will give a lecture as a part of the series "IRS International Lecture on Society and Space". In her lecture she will depict her newly released book „Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy“. Prof. Margit Mayer (associated Professor at Centre of Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin) will be commenting on the lecture.

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Invitation to the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) Seminar Series on Feb 8, 2016 (01/2016)
Lecture on 'Changing Migration Dynamics in Ghana: Policy Responses and Implications for Sustainable Development'

Migration has historically been an integral part of livelihoods in Ghana. While ethnic conflicts and environmental factors have led to the displacement of a small proportion of the Ghanaian population, most people move for social and economic reasons, such as work, marriage, and education. With increasing globalization and urbanisation, migration flows in the country are not only growing, but feminizing, diversifying and urbanising. However, the relationship between changing migration dynamics and socio-economic development is neither adequately understood nor explored. This presentation examines key trends that have occurred in migration trajectories in Ghana over the last two decades, and discusses the policy implications of the changing migration dynamics for sustainable development.

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