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Lecture by Professor Hubert Heinelt as part of a mentoring visit programme

Category: Events, I.1.1/IV.1.1, Results

On 06.10.2022 open lecture entitled “Why are some cities more innovative than others? An answer from an interpretive perspective” will be given by Prof. Hubert Heinelt of Darmstadt University of Technology.

The presentation is based on result of a research project that started from the observations that some cities manage to mobilize innovation potentials and respond to challenges like demographic change and immigration as well as economic restructuring, while others do not. Coming from this observation, the following question was addressed: What are the conditions for the development of cultural and institutional innovation in local government and local civil society? To answer this question, i.e. to identify these conditions, a comparison of five German and five Greek cities was carried out. These cities were selected because they had been perceived by the respective local community as well as in the German resp. Greek debate as success cases of innovation in local government and local civil society. From this perspective it was also reasonable to define innovation not in an abstract and general way but to contextualise the definition of innovation, i.e. to take the notion (meaning) of innovation seriously into account which has emerged in the context of a given case (the city or the particular country).

The lecture will be given by Prof. Hubert Heinelt, Professor for political science at the Technical University Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany. His research interests focus on public policy in multi-level system, i.e. from the local to the EU level.

The speech is part of a mentoring visit within the framework of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” Programme (IDUB), Action I.1.1/IV.1.1. Mentoring Programme. The visit is taking place at the invitation of the Team of the Department of Local Development and Policy, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies.

We would like to invite you on 06.10.2022 at 3 pm,
to room 102 at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies