Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structral Development (IRS) (Germany)

Another urban and regional studies related research centre. I like the concept that entitles their own description: “Social Science-based Spatial Research”. Basically because It’s notable the absence of social sciences in many urban studies departments.

Social Science-based Spatial Research

In accordance with its statutes the IRS explores the transformation and governance of cities and regions from a social science perspective. To this end, research is organised in interdisciplinary teams with long-term research concerns.

The following cross-cutting issues guide research:

  • path development, institutional change and spatial governance

  • communication dynamics and spatial structures of interaction

  • a spatial perspective on innovation processes

  • history as a resource of urban and regional development.

I also found, browsing the website, a very interesting concept “Peripheralization” that refers to “the emergence of social and spatial disparities apt to cut off certain regions or partial spaces from positive development stimuli”.

And related to this, I came across this tweet from IRS on “”Peripheral Small Town”. Pretty much related to my PhD dissertation.

It seems to me that I need to polish my German. Many interesting place to do research there!

The academic positions I’ll apply for…some day

PROFESSOR (W2) OF SOCIOLOGY /URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum – faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of a Professor (W2) of Sociology /  (successor Prof. Strohmeier) starting the earliest possible date.

 The Chair represents urban and regional studies from a broad spectrum. Applicants are required to have their main emphasis in the following topics:
  • spatial distribution patterns of life situations and life styles within the context of urban and regional social change,
  • labour and housing markets in an urban, a regional and global context,
  • social urban integration problems (immigration, small scale segregation and local participation) in cities,
  • social and demographic changes in comparison.

The professorship is coupled with responsibilities as head of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Regional Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Regional­forschung, ZEFIR). The future holder of the post has to fulfil teaching perfor­mance for the Bachelor programme in basic and advanced modules and in the Master programme, specifically in the “Urban and Regional Development” study programme. The applicant is expected to contribute in the faculty’s research clusters “Labour and Social Structure” and “Public Sector and State Action” as well as interdisciplinary cooperation with other teaching and research units of the faculty and the university.

Positive evaluation as a junior professor or equivalent academic achievement (e.g. habilitation) and evidence of special aptitude are just as much required as the willingness to participate in the self-governing bodies of the RUB and to generally get involved in university processes according to RUB’s mission statement. We expect further more:
  • high commitment in teaching,
  • readiness to participate in interdisciplinary academic work,
  • willingness and ability to attract external funding,
  • fostering of international connections of the subject in research and teaching.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunities employer.

Complete applications with the usual documents should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany (e-mail: dekanat-sowi@rub.de) no later than 07.11.2014.