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Regional Development


The research focus is on regional development and concentrates on two main fields:

Firstly, the European dimension of regional development is at the heart of the analyses. On the policy fields of regional development, transport and the environment the European influence is most visible. Also in cross-border integration, European factors play a strong role. Closely linked to this are the debates on territorial cohesion and on European spatial planning perspectives. Within the analysis of Europeanization, concepts of regional development are embedded into the perspectives of political geography, political sciences and social geography.

Secondly, the focus lies on applied questions of regional development, in particular on metropolisation, economic development and demographic change. These questions are in particular addressed in the regional context of the University. Due to this research interest, the regional focus concentrates on the European Union, Franconia/Bavaria and on border regions (in particular the so called ‘Greater Region’ around Luxembourg).


  • Demography Coaching: Pilot actions in the framework of the INTERREG project Adapt2DC (Bad Berneck, Arzberg, Hof), on behalf of the Thuringian Ministry for Building, Regional Development and Infrastructure and the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance, Regional Development and Regional Identity
  • Sustainable Regional Development: creation of an online-module on behalf of the Virtual University Bavaria, in cooperation with the University of Applied Science Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
  • Feasability study on cross-border cooperation on behalf of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region
  • Demography and strategic development in the district of Erlangen Hoechstadt
  • Macroregional Strategies and Europeanization – mixed funding (BayFor, Internationalisation funds Bavaria, DAAD) – partly in cooperation with Prof. Phil Allmendinger (Cambridge/UK)


Unser regionales und internationales Netzwerk umfasst eine Vielzahl von Akteuren aus beiden Forschungsschwerpunkten der Arbeitsgruppe: