Working Group Development Studies and Sustainability Research (AGEF)

… the informal news channel

Leave a comment

IGU Mini-Conference July 19 – 21, 2018 Innsbruck (Austria) – Call for papers open


We would like to invite you to submit papers for the IGU Commission „Dynamic of Economic Spaces“  2018 Mini-Conference on “Rural-Urban Linkages for Sustainable Development: An Economic Geography Perspective which will be held  in Innsbruck, Austria during 19-21 July, 2018.

Call for papers is now open and abstracts of maximum 250 words will be accepted. Abstract submission closes on 30 March 2018. For more information about the conference please check the conference website:  If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact



Leave a comment

AGEF goes Brasilien: Winter School zum Thema Regionalentwicklung


Neue theoretische und methodische Ansätze standen im Vordergrund der gemeinsam organisierten Winter School an der UNISC in Santa Cruz do Sul/RS, Brasilien. Die Professoren Martin Coy und Markus Schermer, wie auch Carine Pachoud und Christoph Huber nahmen hierbei aktiv Teil. Continue reading

1 Comment

Participation at 11. International Doctoral Colloquium in Sustainable Spatial Development (DoKoNaRa)

Since 2007, the doctoral colloquium DoKoNaRa is carried out by the University of Innsbruck, University of Liechtenstein, University of Kassel as well as the HafenCity University Hamburg. The host changes annualy.

Every PhD Student is welcome to participate at the interdisciplinary dialogue about current concepts and current scientific issues. The 11. International Doctoral Colloquium in Sustainable Spatial Development took place in Hofgeismar, near Kassel, and was marked by the theme of “Resilience – a Challenge for Sustainable Urban and Regional Development”.

A participation offers the possibility to discuss methodological and contextual questions with experts from different disciplines. AGEF-member Felix M. Dorn presented his dissertation concept “Lithium as a strategic resource for the sustainability transition: Conflicts, opportunities and perspectives in Argentina”.

The enrolment period for the next DoKoNaRa will be announced in a timely manner on the AGEF-Blog.

Photo: Felix M. Dorn




Leave a comment

Presentations at AK GSEK „Global Linkages and Impacts on Urban Development“

From July 08-09 AGEF members joined the periodic workshop of the „Arbeitskreis Geographische Stadtforschung im Entwicklungskontext (AK GSEK)“ – a geographical task force focusing on urban development in the Global South. The workshop, with this year’s topic “Global Linkages and Impacts on Urban Development”, brought together scholars from Geography, discussing various topics related to urban developments in the Global South. The event was perfectly organized by the Institute of Geography at University of Cologne.

Among those studies presented were also three from our working group, namely

  • Christian Obermayr – “Wohnen für alle? Sozial-inklusive Wohnraumpolitiken in Surabaya, Indonesien”
  • Frank Zirkl and Tobias Töpfer – “Urbane Entwicklungen auf Achterbahnfahrt? Brasiliens Städte zwischen Konsolidierung und neuen Herausforderungen”
  • Martin Coy – “An der Peripherie und doch global… Stadtfunktionen und Stadt-Land-Verhältnisse in Regionen des Agrobusiness in Brasilien”