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Cluster Agents and Society in a Spatial Context

Cluster Agents and Society in a Spatial Context

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he objective of the cluster “Agents and Society in a Spatial Context” is the analysis of spatial developments and interactions between social orders, structures and processes, and space acquisition through process planning and design and the use of space. There, an important question to be formulated is how agents can (legally) be integrated, and what are respective 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, connections between social and spatial transformation are examined. It is being asked, who was and is participating in the planning, design and use of space, and what is their motivation.  Furthermore, the necessary prerequisites for such a participation and (co-)responsibility are investigated.

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

This shall contribute to the question, how sustainable social planning, design and use of space within the framework of spatial transformation can be realized (e.g. support politics with recommendations on how to act, new models of democracy, social innovation, etc.). 


  • Spatial development and democratic participation
  • Regional identities
  • Historical perspectives on sustainable spatial development
  • Multilocality
  • Gender studies and spatial developments
  • Forms of control and organisation 


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