Regional disparities, their causes and consequences, as well as corresponding policy approaches represent a core issue in the field of economic geography. The Junior Chair in Regional Development considers such regional perspectives on economic development.
A central theme of research is the role of population in regional economic processes and outcomes. On this topic, a Käthe-Kluth Junior Resarch Group was established in November 2020, which specifically considers the influence of population structure and diversity on regional development. The Junior Chair group further studies effects of ageing and shrinking population in the context of demographic change as well as migration patterns. Further topics within this section are perspectives on knowledge-based regional development, i.e. questions on how regions develop and maintain innovative capacity, and resilience in the face of technological and societal shifts.
The Junior Chair group is involve in teaching especially within the Master's degree Regionalentwicklung und Tourismus where it covers topics in economic geography as well as quantitative methods courses. Students who are interested in quantitative work in the area of regional development (e.g. in the context of Bachelor- or Master theses or as research assistants) are encouraged to get in touch.