Forthcoming conference papers by project partners

  • Píša, J. (2019) Looking for change in old-industrial towns: but what kind of change? 4th workshop of the Young Economic Geographers Network (YEGN) Regional Development and Peripheral Regions held at Umeå University, 20th-21st of August 2019.
  • Nagy, E, Nagy, G. (2019) Consumption-centred urban restructuring as a source for citizenship? Understanding state-society relations in a peripheral context. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London 27th-30th of August, 2019.
  • Mihály, M. (2019) Mapping the environmental and social conflicts of the economic restructuring in a formerly model socialist city. 8th International Urban Geographies of Post-communist States Conference, Belgrade, Sept. 25-29, 2019
  • Nagy, E, Nagy, G. (2019) The visible hand in the making of CEE periphery: state agency and unfolding multiple dependencies in non-metropolitan industrial enclaves in Hungary. 8th International Urban Geographies of Post-communist States Conference, Belgrade, Sept. 25-29, 2019

A workshop on social agencies in local development at Corvinus University, Buadpest

A joint workshop of ‘Socio-spatial inequalities’ horizontal network of CERS HAS and the Corvinus University, Budapest; organised by Melinda Mihály, focused on social social agencies in innovation and local economic restructuring; Corvinus University, Budapest, 30/05/2019; /for and overview, see:  

Call for papers – GEOINNO2010, Stavanger, 29-31 January 2020

The call for papers for the 5th Geography of Innovation Conference is now open!

We invite authors to submit extended abstracts for the special session on Innovation and Regional Transformation: Change Agency and Opportunity Spaces organised by Markus Grillitsch Nadir Kinossian and Markku Sotarauta

Session description:

We welcome submissions of full papers and extended abstracts (minimum three pages). All submissions (regular and special sessions) must be made electronically via this website. Deadline: 31st August 2019

All submissions will be peer-reviewed: For regular sessions, papers and extended abstracts will be reviewed by a members of the scientific or  organising committee. For special sessions, papers and extended abstracts will be reviewed by the special session organisers. The results will be sent individually to each submitting author.

Conference web site:

Opening Workshop 24-26 February 2019, Leipzig

Opening Workshop of the ACORE project will take place on the 24th-26th February, 2019 at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) Schongauerstraße 9, 04328 Leipzig.

We are very happy to announce that we have Professor Robert Hassink as a keynote speaker at the Opening Workshop. The topic of the talk is “Locked in Lock-Ins? Theorizing on the Restructuring of Old Industrial Regions”.

Robert Hassink is Professor of Economic Geography at Kiel University in Germany ( and Visiting Professor in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. His research focuses on theories and paradigms of economic geography, industrial restructuring and regional economic development, creative industries, and regional innovation policy.

For the details, see the flyer.

CfP for the 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Trondheim, Norway

Please consider this CfP for the NGM 2019 in Trondheim, Norway (June 16-19, 2019), for a paper session Regional development paths and critical junctures.

Session organisers:

Dr Markus Grillitsch, Department of Human Geography & CIRLCE – Center for Innovation Research and Competence in a Learning Economy, Lund University;

Dr Nadir Kinossian, Department of Regional Geography of Europe, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL)

Regional development paths and critical junctures

This session will explore possible linkages between the current debates in (1) regional path development studies, and (2) critical junctures and window of opportunity studies. Structural factors such as industrial composition, the size of the economy, or the level of infrastructure can only partly explain regional development paths. Changes in politics, policy, and institutions can be explained by analysing the behaviour of actors. If we presuppose that the establishment of a new regional development path is an outcome of a critical juncture in economic or institutional development, we could use the critical juncture literature to explain the mechanism of such change.

This session invites contributions that i) disentangle the effects of structure and agency on regional economic change; ii) link institutional change and regional development, and iii) focus on the micro-level processes, agents and their networks. Contributing to this line of inquiry, this session invites papers that address the following questions:

  • To what extent, under which conditions, and how can agency contribute to regional growth paths beyond what could be expected due to structural preconditions?
  • How can critical junctures and window of opportunity models be used to analyse regional path development?
  • Which processes within and beyond firms underpin regional growth paths?
  • What are the causal factors explaining new path development in (different types of) regions?
  • How do different regional industrial paths interplay and shape regional growth paths?
  • What is the role of policy in shaping regional growth paths?

Please send an abstract of around 300 words to: and

Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2018

Notification: January 15, 2019

More information from the conference web site:

Scientific Researcher (PhD‐position, TV‐L 13, 65%, 36 months)

Leibniz Institute for Regional GeographyThe Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for
the position of:

Scientific Researcher (PhD‐position, TV‐L 13, 65%, 36 months)

This position is part of an international joint research project, Agents of Change in Old‐industrial Regions in Europe (ACORE), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project is coordinated by the IfL and includes the following project partners: Lund University, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Cardiff University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The main ambition of the ACORE project is to investigate how old‐industrial regions located outside major European agglomerations can deal with unfavourable structural conditions and create a new development path leading to prosperity and well‐being, contributing to the social cohesion and stability of Europe as a whole. The successful candidate is expected to become an engaged member of the joint research project. The IfL is an independent research institute specialising in human geography, and is a member of the Leibniz Association, which includes Germany’s leading research institutions. The institute is funded by the State of Saxony, the Federal Republic of Germany, and by project funding.

We offer

  • The position of a Scientific Researcher based within the Department for Regional Geography of Europe funded for 36 months, starting from 01.01.2019
  • Opportunities to develop and implement research ideas within the framework of the ACORE project
  • Opportunities to pursue a doctoral degree at Leipzig University
  • Family‐friendly working conditions that encourage the compatibility of work and family life, flexible organisation of working time, and a good working environment
  • Generous travel allowance to cover conference attendance, and additional funding for publication activities
  • Institutional support, office space, access to IfL library resources
  • Compensation according to the regulations for level TV‐L 13

Your responsibilities

  • To design and implement a research project that contributes to the overall goals of the ACORE project
  • To work on two Germany‐based case studies; both are non‐metropolitan urban centres located in old‐industrial regions
  • By drawing comparisons with other countries, contribute to the findings and the scientific outputs of the ACORE project
  • Assume a fair share of responsibility in preparing project workshops, conferences, and outreach activities, and to actively participate in such events
  • Contribute to project dissemination activities through peer‐reviewed academic and policy publications, and presentations at national and international conferences
  • To contribute to and participate in the Institute’s research activities and events
  • The fulfillment of the tasks requires the willingness to travel in the study region and abroad

Our expectations

  • Academic background (Master’s level) in human geography, European studies, public policy, urban and regional planning, or related disciplines
  • Familiarity with the current debates on European cohesion, spatial policy, and urban and regional development
  • Experience in qualitative research methods and in designing and conducting semi‐structured interviews
  • High proficiency (spoken and written) in German is essential, as the fieldwork will be conducted in German
  • High proficiency in English (spoken and written) is important for communication within the project
  • Experience in presenting at international conferences
  • Publications in peer‐reviewed academic journals and policy outlets is an advantage

Personal qualities

  • High level of motivation and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Personal commitment and reliability

The IfL follows the goal of professional equality of women and men and has received the Total E‐Quality seal for its efforts. Applications from qualified women are most welcome. Recognised persons with disabilities receive preference by equal qualification. We welcome applications from individuals with a migration background.

Please send your application in English in a single pdf file (maximum 30 pages) with the subject line “Job Application: Scientific Researcher ACORE” to: personal@ifl‐ Your application should include CV, motivation letter, copies of relevant certificates and degrees, themes of prior work, including projects and relevant publications. The motivation letter may include a short description of your proposed contribution to the ACORE project.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview conducted in late November 2018.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 31 October 2018
Further information: Dr Nadir Kinossian N_Kinossian@ifl‐

5 Early State Researcher Positions available for the project Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe

Agents of Change in Old-industrial Regions in Europe is an international joint research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation a 925.200 Euro grant through the period of 36 months (January 2019 – December 2021). The project is coordinated by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany. A research consortium includes the following project partners:

  • Dr Nadir Kinossian (PL), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Germany);
  • Dr Markus Grillitsch, Lund University (Sweden);
  • Dr Vladan Hruška, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (Czechia);
  • Dr Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary);
  • Prof Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University (UK)

Each project partner institution will appoint an Early State Researcher (ESR) to conduct his or her research project contributing to the overall goals of the Agents of Change project. Successful candidate employed in all project partner institutions are expected to become an engaged member of the joint research project and to conduct research activities according to the regulations of the host institution and the Volkswagen Foundation.

Each ESR will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • To work on two selected national cases, including data collection through different techniques (e.g. interviews with key actors), data analysis, and presentation of the results. ESR’s project will contribute to the overall aims and the scientific output of the joint research project.
  • To take a share of responsibility in the preparation of project workshops, conferences, and outreach activities and to participate in project events according to the schedule;
  • To contribute to project dissemination activities through academic and policy publications and conference presentations,

Calls for applications of project member institutions are available below.

Cardiff University

Jan Evangelista Purkyne University

Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Lund University

Full-time assistant research fellow position – Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

MTA KRTKThe Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences ( calls for applications to a full-time (100%) assistant research fellow position at the Institute for Regional Studies, Alföld Department, Békéscsaba group.

The conditions of employment (including salary, allowances and benefits, etc.)  are defined by the Act on Public Employment (Hungary, 1992. Act XXXIII. 20/A§). 

The position is available from the 1st of January, 2019; the duration of the employment is 36 months. The place of work: CERS HAS, Békéscsaba, Szabó Dezső str. 42.

The young research fellow’s primary tasks will be related to the international research project Agents of Change in Old Industrial Regions funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung. The project is focused on exploring how agents in old industrial regions outside major agglomerations respond the social and economic decline and create new development path to economic prosperity and well-being. The aims of the project are: 

  • to develop a better understanding of the emergence of new development paths in old industrial regions outside metropolitan areas, and the implications for socio-spatial development;
  • to strengthen academic collaboration among scholars in the EU and facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and policy makers;
  • utilising the results of international comparison and knowledge exchange to develop policy recommendations for discovering new development approaches to Europe’s old industrial regions in various social, historical, and cultural contexts.

The specific project-related duties of the fellow to be employed by CERS HAS are:

  • Collecting data (documents, statistics, conducting interviews) on the two fields of study (Tatabánya, Tiszaújváros), taking part in the processing, analysis, and the publication of the empirical results;
  • Supporting the organisation of workshops, conferences, project meetings related to the project; contributing to the dissemination of overall project results (WP2);
  • Helping the dissemination of the results of domestic case studies at academic public policy forums.

The language of the project is English.

The research fellow is expected to proceed with her/his PhD studies for which, the institute will provide support, such as time and the tuition fee for studies at a doctoral school.  

The fellow will also be part of the daily practices of the institute, such as organising and participating in events, meetings, dissemination and outreach activities, etc.

For the period of the 36-month full employment as an assistant research fellow, CERS HAS and its Békéscsaba group provide the conditions for developing research ideas and implementing empirical research, support publication activities and travelling to national and international conferences in the framework of the Agents of change project. The fellow will also get experience in international team work and project management. The supervision will be provided by the senior researchers of the Békéscsaba group. The Institute provides technical conditions for the research work such as office spaces, IT facilities, and access to the CERS HAS library and the databases. Moreover, we offer open and friendly atmosphere for work in Békéscsaba, as well as all advantages of an interdisciplinary, networked, multi-local academic institute.

Essential requirements:

  • Having a MA/MSC degree;
  • Proficiency in speaking, writing and listening in Hungarian (field work; analysis)
  • Proficiency in speaking, writing and listening in English (project communication; dissemination activities; giving conference papers; publication)
  • Personal qualities needed for academic work, such as being devoted to exploratory research, good communication skills, ability to work in team and keeping deadlines.

Desirable requirements

  • MA/MSc in any of the fields of geography, sociology or economics;
  • Being enrolled at a doctoral school;
  • Having experience in qualitative methods/field work, data management and analysis;
  • Experience in giving papers at conferences;
  • Experience in academic writing (published paper/s);
  • Experience of organising events;
  • Experience in managing websites.

For further information, you should contact Erika Nagy, CERS HAS IRS, Alföld Dept. Békéscsaba group (; +36-20-9149985).

The applications should be submitted electronically in Hungarian to until the 16th of November 2018, including your detailed CV (with earlier projects and publications), copies of degrees, language certificates, signed declaration on accepting CERS HAS terms on data management, and a good-conduct certificate.

Selected candidates will be interviewed in the course of the last week of November 2018.