Broadening perspectives: innovation outside of agglomerations

Thilo Lang, Lukas Vonnahme (SFB 1199 & IfL), Martin Graffenberger (IfL), Matthias Brachert (IWH)

Publication Date

May 2019


Fraunhofer Verlag




Book Chapter

Edited Volume

Innovation based regional change in Europe


Knut Koschatzky, Thomas Stahlecker



Additional Information


This edited volume focusses on innovation-based regional change at the European level. The contributions deal with change in different European types of regions, innovation opportunities outside agglomerations, regional case studies from England, the Czech Republic and Portugal as well as with the additionality effects of an Italian regional funding programme. This thematic spectrum describes and explains various facets of regional change in Europe.

Biographical Note

Thilo Lang (SFB 1199 & Leibniz- Institut 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.

Lukas Vonnahme (SFB 1199 & Leibniz- Institut für Länderkunde)

Having studied Human Geography in Marburg, Lund and Frankfurt from 2008 to 2014, Vonnahme joined the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography Leipzig in 2014. After he worked for bwcon GmbH, a regional economic development agency in Stuttgart in 2015, Vonnahme obtained his current position as a Researcher and PhD Candidate within the project “Peripheral but Global: World Market Leaders outside of Agglomerations”, which is part of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”. His research interests include regional economic development, processes of knowledge creation in space, and innovation management.

Martin Graffenberger (Leibniz-Insitut für Länderkunde)

Matthias Brachert (Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle)

Matthias Brachert is an associate researcher at the IWH. His research focuses on urban and regional economic issues as well as the evaluation of economic policy measures. Matthias Brachert studied at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Reunion Island in France. He received his doctorate from Utrecht University.