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Cluster Agents and Society in a Spatial Context

Cluster Agents and Society in a Spatial Context

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The objective of the cluster “Agents and Society in a Spatial Context” is to analyse spatial developments and interactions between social orders, structures and processes, and space acquisition through the process of planning and design as well as the use of space. This includes finding ways on how to involve agents (legally) in this and identifying suitable forms of organization and control.

This shall make it possible to comprehend and explain space in its social dimension as well. To start in on the assumption that social space relations are historically constituted and shaped by social categories, the cluster examines connections between social and spatial transformation to identify who was and is participating in the planning, design and use of space, and what is their motivation. Furthermore, this implies investigating the necessary prerequisites for such a participation and (co-)responsibility.

Choosing this agent-centred approach makes it possible to conceptualize the future of urban and rural areas from different perspectives (e.g. planning, administration, living environment). Especially the everyday experiences and routines of people using, designing and thus transforming space represent a key component of research.


This shall contribute to answering how to realise sustainable social planning, design and use of space within the framework of spatial transformation (e.g. recommendations for politics, new models of democracy, social innovation, etc.).


  • Spatial development and democratic participation
  • Regional identities
  • Historical perspectives on sustainable spatial development
  • Multilocality
  • Societal construction and acquisition of space
  • Gender studies and spatial developments
  • Forms of control and organization


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