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Just to the south-east of Berlin, at the end of S-Bahn line 3 is Erkner, a 12.000 soul town in the state of Brandenburg known for its industrial heritage, its beautiful lakes – and an internationally renowned social science research institution it houses: The Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). Formerly dedicated to spatial planning and reginal development, IRS now researches dynamics of social change past and present, from climate and energy policies to innovation and digitalization, from migration and urban regeneration to the history of planning. In our podcast Society@Space, both IRS researchers and guests of IRS talk about their passion for questions that matter, their inspirations and experiences, their engagement with practical societal problems and their thoughts on what it means to be a social scientist today. Everyone who is curious about the avenues modern societies are taking and how researchers grapple with the changes and challenges we face – intellectually, emotionally, personally – will find this fascinating to listen to. Episode languages shift between German and English.

https://leibniz-irs.de/

Society@Space Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)

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Just to the south-east of Berlin, at the end of S-Bahn line 3 is Erkner, a 12.000 soul town in the state of Brandenburg known for its industrial heritage, its beautiful lakes – and an internationally renowned social science research institution it houses: The Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). Formerly dedicated to spatial planning and reginal development, IRS now researches dynamics of social change past and present, from climate and energy policies to innovation and digitalization, from migration and urban regeneration to the history of planning. In our podcast Society@Space, both IRS researchers and guests of IRS talk about their passion for questions that matter, their inspirations and experiences, their engagement with practical societal problems and their thoughts on what it means to be a social scientist today. Everyone who is curious about the avenues modern societies are taking and how researchers grapple with the changes and challenges we face – intellectually, emotionally, personally – will find this fascinating to listen to. Episode languages shift between German and English.

https://leibniz-irs.de/

    Was heißt hier Ankunftsquartiere?

    Was heißt hier Ankunftsquartiere?

    2011 erregte der kanadische Journalist Doug Saunders mit seinem Buch „Arrival City“ Aufsehen. Seit 2015 stellt sich vermehrt die Frage, ob Saunders‘ Ideen von sich selbst organisierenden Ankunftsquartieren auch für Ostdeutschland gelten. Werden Großwohnsiedlungen in ostdeutschen Städten zu Ankunftsquartieren für internationale Migration? Welche Herausforderungen bringt diese neue Rolle mit sich, und was kann die kommunale Politik tun, um die friedliche Nachbarschaft von Alteingesessenen und Zugewanderten zu fördern? Diese Fragen diskutierten Rene Wilke, Oberbürgermeister von Frankfurt/Oder, Stefanie Kaygusuz-Schurmann, Leiterin des Servicebereichs Bildung & Integration der Stadt Cottbus und Madlen Pilz, Sozialwissenschaftlerin am IRS. Diese Episode von Society@Space ist zugleich das 48. Brandenburger Regionalgespräch des IRS, das, Corona-bedingt, online stattfand.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Living Border

    Living Border

    Vivien Sommer of IRS (now TU Berlin) and Łukasz Rogowski of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań from Poznan work together on a joint research project which traces the changes in everyday life along the border between Poland and the German state of Brandenburg since the border was first opened in 2007. They lived temporarily in towns and villages along the river, took walks with the locals and collected observations, pictures, and video diaries of residents. In this episode they talk about their insights and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the border region.

    • 54 min
    Aus Krisen lernen?

    Aus Krisen lernen?

    Oliver Ibert ist Direktor des IRS. Verena Brinks ist Juniorprofessorin für Geographien sozialer Medien und digitaler Kulturen an der Universität Mainz. Gemeinsam mit Tjorven Hamsen erforschen sie am IRS über die räumliche und zeitliche Dimension von Krisen, inwiefern sie als Lerngelegenheiten dienen können und welche Rolle Expertenwissen in Krisen spielt. In dieser Episode sprechen Ibert und Brinks über die Corona-Krise und was sich aus der Perspektive der IRS-Forschung über sie sagen lässt: Wird politische Entscheidungsverantwortung auf Experten abgewälzt? Wo stehen wir gerade, wenn man einen typischen Krisenverlauf zu Grunde legt? Und welche Perspektiven haben wir für die Zukunft? Was müssen gesellschaftliche Akteure tun, damit es echte Lerneffekte aus der Krise gibt?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Of forests and guitars.

    Of forests and guitars.

    Chris Gibson is a professor of human geography and executive director of the Global Challenges Program at Wollongong University, Australia. However, earlier in his life he also had a career as a musician and a radio host. In his research he spans a unique arc from matters of ecologic crisis and social vulnerability to creative practices and industries, particularly music. Having focused on other iconic objects such as surfboards and cowboy boots in the past, in his latest book “Following Guitars from Factory to Forest” (forthcoming in the University of Chicago Press) he and his co-author Andrew Warren tell the story, how the loss of old-growth forests around the Earth threatens the supply of timber to guitar-makers, and how they in turn engage in alternative forms of forestry and timber sourcing to secure their supply. These kinds of small-scale experiments and innovations in resource management, Chris is convinced, are the way forward in a world threatened by climate change and mass extinction. This episode was recorded during the “Edge – creation and valuation of novelty” conference in Berlin in November of 2019.

    • 49 min
    Müssen wir das Wachstum überwinden?

    Müssen wir das Wachstum überwinden?

    Dr. Timmo Krüger forscht am IRS über den Kohleausstieg. Sie Forschung reiht sich ein in mehrere Projekte zur Klimapolitik, zur Energiewende und zu gesellschaftlicher Transformation, die am IRS verfolgt werden. Doch Krüger hat eine spezielle Perspektive: Er verfolgt den Gedanken, dass nur ein Wandel hin zu einer Postwachstumsgesellschaft – also einer Gesellschaft, die nicht mehr nach kontinuierlichem Wirtschaftswachstum strebt – die Antwort auf die sozialen und ökologischen Krisen unserer Zeit, allen voran die Klimakrise, sein kann. Er will herausfinden, wie die Menschen in drei deutschen Braunkohleregionen sich ihre Zukunft vorstellen, und ob ein radikaler Umbau der Wirtschaft für sie eine Option ist. Neben seiner Forschung spricht er in Episode 2 des Podcasts Society@Space darüber, was ihn motiviert, und wie Postwachstum auch im wissenschaftlichen Alltag gelebt werden kann, etwa durch den Verzicht auf Flugreisen.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Welcome to Nottingham, Malaysia

    Welcome to Nottingham, Malaysia

    In the 1990s, universities began branching out internationally, setting up offices or branch campuses in other countries and continents. But what are the reasons and motivations behind this? Has higher education become a global commodity? And how does university internationalization affect students, faculty and places – those involved and those not involved? In this first episode of Scoiety@Space, three geographers talk about their personal experiences researching the globalization of higher education: Sarah Hall from Nottingham University (UK), Francis Collins from Waikato University (New Zealand) and Kris Olds, University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA). The conversation reveals that there is a surprising multitude of motivations, strategies and emergent global-local relations. It also shows that there is not just one way, one model of globalization. We need to look at the peripheries, the vast number of ‘normal’ universities rather than a few elite institutions, and at the internationalization at home, the global relatedness you can touch just by crossing the street.

    • 53 min

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