Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig
Thilo Lang is Head of Department at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig/ Germany, and lecturer at the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig. He is a member of the Collaborative Research Centre 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” and directs the research group “Multiple Geographies of Regional and Local Development” at IfL. His research interests include polarization processes at multiple levels, innovation outside of agglomerations, local and regional change with a focus on ‘peripheral’ regions. Previously he held positions at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space and the Regional Development Agency ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg GmbH as well as fellowships at the University of Sheffield, Durham University (UK) and the Latvian University in Riga.
Traditionally, the debate about the relation between innovation and space in economic geography has put a strong emphasis on geographical proximity and territorial models of innovation. Thereby, geographical proximity is not only considered a facilitating element but often regarded as a pre-condition for successful innovation. Only in the past years, this position has been criticized […]