Universität Wien

290106 SE Seminar in Human/Economic Geography: Innovation for grand societal challenges (2018S)

Spatial aspects and new policy approaches

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 10.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Saturday 24.03. 09:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Friday 20.04. 14:00 - 19:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Saturday 21.04. 09:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Friday 27.04. 14:00 - 19:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Saturday 28.04. 09:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar deals with the spatial dimension of innovations for tackling grand societal challenges (climate change, digitalization, migration, demographic change, etc.). Special attention will be given to the following topics:

-) Explanation of the generation and diffusion of radical and disruptive innovations
-) Identification of actors, mechanisms and pathways of changes of socio-technical systems
-) Legitimization and forms of new regional and supra-regional policy approaches to promote system innovations

The course is a literature seminar. The literature will be provided by the lecturer. However, the students are supposed to conduct own searches on their specific topics.

Assessment and permitted materials

-Seminar paper (50%)
-Presentation and defense of the seminar paper (30%)
-Presence and contributions to the discussions in the classroom (20%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the students shall be able to
-offer explanations about driving forces for and barriers to radical innovations and new socio-technic development paths from a geographical perspective,
-assess opportunities for and limits of policy actors at various spatial scales to shape innovation and socio-technical transformation processes;
-write, present and defend a seminar paper

Examination topics

-Critical reflection on and discussion of conceptual and empirical contributions to the literature;
-Seminar paper
-Presentation and defense of seminar paper

Reading list

Hansen, T. and Coenen, L. (2015) The geography of sustainability transitions: Review, synthesis and reflections on an emergent research field. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 17, 92-109.

OECD (2015) System innovation: synthesis report. OECD, Paris.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3-SE) (MG-W3-PI) (MG-W6-PI) (L2-b4, L2-b-zSE) (MA UF GW 02)

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