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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.





Invitation to an IRS Seminar with Prof. Dr. Christian Berndt on October 20 (10/2016)
Lecture on  -The making of diverse markets-

Drawing on social studies of economization, French pragmatic sociology, and regulation theory, my focus in this paper is on marketization as a process giving shape to concrete markets as diverse entities. The paper starts from the simple assumption that a particular economic entity always emerges at the crossroads of a variety of institutional logics that are not reducible to each other. What is referred to as a particular market, a business firm, a national economy, or a concrete value chain assumes form in an ambivalent process that articulates particular understandings of what counts as “economic”. This includes competing ideas about market exchange, private and state planning, or the role of social community, mobilized by academic scholars and practitioners, and variably accommodated, resisted and translated by those subjects to these ideas.

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IRS-Seminar with Dr Bishawjit Mallick on September 22nd, 2016 (09/2016)
Cyclone – Migration – Adaptation Nexus in the social context of Bangladesh

On September 22nd, 2016 the IRS hosts an "IRS Seminar" with Sociologist and Regional Scientist Dr. Bishawjit Mallick. Mallick's research focuses on the connection of migration and climate change from sociological, economical and geographical perspectives. His lecture is titled "Cyclone – Migration – Adaptation Nexus in the social context of Bangladesh". Mallick is a guest researcher in the IRS research departmen "Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development" in august and september 2016.

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Call For Papers: Local Anchors in Trans-local Knowledge Communities (09/2016)
Session at the AAG Annual Meeting 2017 in Boston

Session organisers Suntje Schmidt (IRS and Humboldt-University of Berlin), Brian J. Hracs (University of Southampton) und Taylor Brydges (Uppsala University) invite researchers interested in this topic to submit an abstract up to 250 words by 21st of October 2016.

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