Research Group

/Transient Spaces & Societies_


We do research at the intersections of digitisation, mobilities & urbanisation

What Do We Do?

Digitisation, human mobilities, and urbanisation are major drivers altering spaces and societies from local to global scales. The Transient Spaces & Societies Research Group takes a critical perspective on these cross-sectional themes and scrutinises how social practices and power relations shape them.

We are an interdisciplinary research team based at the Department of Geography at the University of Innsbruck.

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Geography University Innsbruck

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Our Team

This picture shows the members of the research group on the top of the a building of the University of Innsbruck. The background shows a mountain range. The team members on the picture from left to right, back row, are: Jan Misera, Elisabeth Gruber, Belinda Mahlknecht, Anna Gruber, Jacqueline Kowalski, Huiqiao Yuan, Johannes Melchert. In the front row from left to right are: Christoph, Schimmel, Tabea Bork-Hüffer and Andrea Markl.

Our Focus

This figure shows the main research topics, concepts, methods and regional foci of the research group Transient Spaces and Societies. The research group works on the intersection of three interconnected processes: urbanization, mobilities and digitization. The individual members of the work group thereby apply a several key concepts that are of relevance to their individual and the groups’ foci. Among these concepts are: transient urbanisms, place making, worlding, policy mobilities, translocalities, diversity and difference, inclusion and exclusion, inequalities, youth and intergenerationality, mediated nature experiences and extended realities. The group applies qualitative and quantitative methods often as part of multi- or mixed methods designs in its research. In the field of mobile methods, mobile media methods, biosensing and eye-tracking, the group experiments with these methods in new fields of application and also pursues method innovation through the development of new methods. Regional foci are Central Europe, especially Austria, Germany and Spain, Southeast Asia and East Asia, here especially China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh.
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Map shows the location of our office. You can find us at: Institut für Geographie, Universität Innsbruck, Innrain 52f

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Research Group Transient Spaces & Societies

Geographisches Institut Innsbruck
Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck



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