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Urban and Regional Sociology

It is the relationship between society and space which is put center stage within Urban and Regional Sociology. Built and planned space is, therein, not understood as something 'naturally' given. Instead, it is conceived as a social product, constantly negotiated by people. Once built, people face space as a social fact. As such, it enables and limits social action. Urban and Regional Sociology focus on the complex relationship between built and social space which includes differing possibilities of social groups to enforce their understandings of ‘the city' and of 'space' publicly.

Areas of research

Our research at the Department of Sociology refers to a broad spectrum of urban developments within the context of a social-theoretical perspective.

We work on sociological theory building in terms of spatial theory, postcolonial theory, sociology of knowledge, and comparative urban research.

Empirical areas of research we cover include: Social and spatial inequalities, social movements and participatory processes, urban heritage, (im)mobilities of dwelling, migration and spatial mobility, temporary use and spatial pioneers, urban habitat, city and football, city and tourism, the intrinsic logic of cities, megacity research.

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