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AK Industriegeographie - 38th annual meeting 2023

Location: Wiesbaden

09-11 November 2023

The junior research group gave various presentations on the topics of 'Web Mining', 'Socio-technical Imaginaries', and 'Green Windows of Opportunity' at the 38th annual meeting of the AK Industrial Geography in Wiesbaden. The aim of the meeting is to provide a forum for the discussion of current research concepts and completed as well as ongoing research projects in an informal atmosphere. Junior researchers and doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to present their projects.

Presentations:

Moritz Schütz: "Leveraging Web Mining and Machine Learning to assess Regional Governance Priorities in Germany"

Tim Becker: "How to open green windows of opportunity in the construction sector? Insights from India and China"

Lennart Fischer: "Socio-technical Imaginaries of the sustainable construction sector in India"

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02 November 2023

The special issue in Progress in Economic Geography seeks to bring together cutting-edge research, empirical insights, and theoretical advancements to shed light on the spatial aspects of innovation and sustainability transitions in the bioeconomy. We invite contributions that explore the geography of innovation in the bioeconomy, its effects on regional development, and its implications for sustainability transitions.

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RSA Research Network on Transformative Knowledge Regions

Location: Gelsenkirchen

26-27 October 2023

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Lennart Fischer held a presentation at the 'Regional Studies Association Research Network on Transformative Knowledge Regions' (TRAKR) on the topic of 'Socio-technical imaginaries of sustainable construction'. The aim of the research network is to examine the conceptual, methodological, empirical, and political dimensions of the transition from knowledge-intensive to 'transformative knowledge regions'. The network brings together scholars from the fields of the geography of knowledge and sustainability transitions, as well as established and early career researchers.

Presentation:

Lennart Fischer: "Socio-technical imaginaries of sustainable construction"

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German Congress of Geography 2023

Location: Frankfurt on the Main

19-23 September 2023

The junior research group delivered various presentations at the German Congress of Geography in Frankfurt on the Main, in the sessions "Environmental-oriented Economic Geography: Establishment of a Plural Paradigm?" and "GeoAI: Potentials, Applications, and Challenges of a Current Methodology in Geography." Dr. Sebastian Losacker also chaired the sessions "Environmental-oriented Economic Geography: Establishment of a Plural Paradigm?" and "Geography of Sustainability Transformations: Topics, Concepts, and Research Perspectives".

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Presentations:

Dr. Sebastian Losacker: "Spatial Concentration of Eco-Innovation"; "A plea for a (re)newal of environmental-oriented economic geography"

Tim Becker: "Regional impacts of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): Innovation and Technological Change in Environmental Technologies"

Dr. Lukas Kriesch: "Web Mining and Natural Language Processing in Geography using the example of German company websites"

Moritz Schütz: "Leveraging Web Mining and Machine Learning to assess Regional Governance Priorities in Germany"

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In an interview with bioökonomie.de under the title "Understanding Regional Differences on the Path to Sustainable Construction", Dr. Sebastian Losacker discusses the research project TRABBI. The conversation covers the potentials of bioeconomy for the construction sector, the central questions of the TRABBI junior research group, the research methods used in the project, the selection of case study countries, as well as the potentials of the insights gained in the project for promoting transformation processes towards a sustainable bioeconomy.

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IST Utrecht

Location: Utrecht

30 August till 01 September 2023

Dr. Sebastian Losacker presented current research at the 14th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST) in Utrecht. The presentation, titled "Regional trajectories of eco-innovation specializations," focused on regional patterns of eco-innovation activities. The research was aimed at tracing the regional developmental paths of these activities using sequence analysis.

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Workshop Bioeconomy Giessen

14 August 2023

Location: Giessen

The junior research group organized a workshop on the topic of "Advanced Methods for Measuring Economic and Innovation Activities in the Bioeconomy." The workshop focused on exchanging ideas with researchers from the Fraunhofer ISI and the University of Greifswald regarding the potential of web mining and machine learning methods for identifying bioeconomy activities of German companies.

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Our research associate Tim Becker is the recipient of the 2023 Regional Studies Association Nathaniel Lichfield Award, which recognizes an original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies by a recent master's graduate. Tim receives the award for his master's thesis entitled: "Regional impact of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): Innovation and Technological Change in Environmental Technologies."

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