Visualizing the ‘global knowledge economy’

Thilo Lang, Jana Moser, Markus Sattler, Marian Augustina Brainoo (all SFB 1199 & IfL), Birgit Hölzel (IfL)

Publication Date

September 2021


Taylor & Francis Online






Regional Studies, Regional Science







Additional Information


In a structuralist reading, the hegemonies of the global economy are perceived as threateningly fixed. We suggest understanding the global knowledge economy as an always unfinished project of ordering socio-spatial relations. To better communicate the struggles of peripherally located places/companies associated with this process of spatial ordering, we provide a simplified visualization of the global knowledge economy.

Biographical Note

Thilo Lang (SFB 1199 & Leibniz-Insitut für Länderkunde)

Having studied spatial and environmental planning in Kaiserslauten and urban planning in Hamburg, Thilo Lang gained his PhD in Potsdam and Durham. As the head of a department at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, his research interests focus on the production of space and transnational urban and regional development in the context of current processes of socio-spatial polarization and rising disparities across Europe. Further long-term research interests include urban and regional change, shrinking cities and regeneration, as well as peripheralization as a multilevel process. One current focus is on innovation outside of conurbations and alternative local and social economies.

Jana Moser (SFB 1199 & Leibniz-Insitut für Länderkunde)

Jana Moser is a senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig (Germany) where she works as the manager of the working group on cartography. She earned her PhD in cartography from the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) in 2007 with her study on the history of cartography in Namibia. Her research focuses on visualization methods, the production and use of maps in new media, and the history of cartography and map making. Together with Sebastian Lentz, she leads the SFB project C05 maps of globalization, exploring the productions and reproductions of perceptions and knowledge of globalization through (carto)graphical visualization from the 1860s until today.

Markus Sattler (SFB 1199 & Leibniz-Insitut für Länderkunde)

Markus Sattler studied Political Sciences and Geography at the University in Bremen. Afterwards he studied International Studies in Berlin and Potsdam. Since 2020 he is part of the IfL. His research interest is Multiple geographies of regional and local development and regional European Geographies with a focus on power, domination and agency in human geography.

Marian Augustina Brainoo (SFB 1199 & Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde)

Marian Augustina Brainoo studied Economics and Business Administration in Ghana. She made her masters in Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena. Since 2020 she is part of the IfL. Her focus is on Multiple geographies of regional and local development and regional European Geographies.

Birgit Hölzel (Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde)

Birgit Hölzel is a map editor at the IfL. She joined the IfL in 2011. Her focus lies on map editing for atlases and publications, data research and map updating.