The Institute for Economic Geography, Regional Development and Environmental Management. It has been heavily involved in leading scientific research over the last years. The Institute is the legal partner, while concrete participation is concentrated in the Department of City and Regional Development, where all permanent members execute research projects funded by national or European science funds. Projects range from those funded by EU (COST, TSER- FP5) to the Austrian Science Fund, the Science Fund of the Austrian Central Bank and the Austrian Academy of Science. The department consists of five permanent professors, a fluctuating number of research assistants (in January 2003, there were four research assistants employed), a secretary and a staff scientist. The scientific staff consists of experts in Austrian and European development problems as well as on the United States and the periphery of the world economy. The department is well equipped in logistical terms (rooms, equipment ...), has a large library and database and easy access to a broad range of virtual journals.

In its research activities the institute covers the broad range of the field of city and regional development, ranging from a more economic focus on to interdisciplinary analysis. Methodologically, this implies the capacity to deal with quantitative methods (statistical analysis, GIS and econometrics) as well as qualitative methods (hermeneutics and interpretative social science). In general, research design is focussed on an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological approach which permits to pursue comparative analysis.


Resources to be deployed for implementation of DEMOLOGOS:

Andreas Novy and Johannes Jäger are the senior researchers who will work on DEMOLOGOS together with Florian Wukowitsch as junior researcher. In his research at the department Andreas Novy always covered large historical periods (The title of the Habilitation of Andreas Novy is '500 years of space and power in Brasil' and the Austrian Science Fund project that compared Europe and Latin America included the liberal, the fordist and the post-fordist mode of regulation). In his research activities he analysed the dialectics of territory and relational space, thereby privileging contextual as well as comparative research. Johannes Jäger has focused his research activities on political economy, international economics, development economics, political ecology and urban and regional studies. Thereby doing theoretical as well as empirical research with qualitative as well as quantitative methods. The team will also draw on the pool of the other experts working at the department, the institute and the university and on the broad networks to other Austrian (research) institutions. Furthermore, material resources like the rich data bases and libraries will be provided by the institute. Also the administrative tasks concerning the project will be covered by the institute and executed by the department's staff scientist.







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