AndersOrte. Freiräume für Zukunft

Logo_andersorteAm 30. September und 01. Oktober 2015 wird unter dem Titel „AndersOrte. Freiräume für Zukunft“ in Salzburg ein Prozess eröffnet, der Gesprächen zwischen Politik, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft Raum gibt, Freiräume für Visionen eröffnet und ein gemeinsames Nachdenken über gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen ermöglicht.

Die Themen der Tage sind:

-      Kooperation

-      Warum es Veränderung braucht?

-      Veränderungen gestalten

Referent/innen sind u.a.:

-      Univ. Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer, Hirnforscher, Arzt und Buchautor, Uniklinikum Freiburg i. Br.

-      Christine Ax, Ökonomin und Philosophin, Mitarbeiterin bei SERI Wien, Hamburg

-      Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien

Eingeladen sind alle, die sich privat und/oder beruflich mit den Herausforderungen/ der Gestaltung einer zukunftsfähigen Gesellschaft beschäftigen (wollen).

Das Programm finden Sie unter

Der Eintritt ist frei. Eine Anmeldung in St. Virgil ist erforderlich. Das Programm zur Veranstaltung ist hier als Download erhältlich.

Die AndersOrte sind eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung des Bildungsnetzwerks sabine (Salzburger Bildungsnetzwerk für nachhaltige Entwicklung), des Landes Salzburg, der Arbeiterkammer Salzburg, der Wirtschaftskammer Salzburg und der Universität Salzburg.

Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie unserer Einladung folgen und sich Zeit für einen gemeinsamen Nachdenkprozess nehmen!

Generationengerecht Leben in Stadt und Land. Fachpolitische Tagung.

13. Oktober 2015, Auditorium Friedrichstraße, Berlin

Social Simulation 2015

International Land Use Symposium (ILUS) 2015 - Trends in Spatial Analysis and Modelling of Settlements and Infrastructure

November 11 – 13, 2015 in Dresden

In mid-November, there will be an international symposium about “international land use” in Dresden, where leading academics and interested attendees will present and discuss about this topic.

Under the rubric “Call for Abstracts”, students can submit papers of one of the topics. The deadline ends at July 15, 2015. For further information read up on the website.

Rethinking Social Capital - Conference

Within the framework of the „Tu was, dann tut sich was“ project, a conference about rethinking social capital is hold. 

Conference Programme

March 26 and 27
Mönchsberg 2a, 5020 Salzburg
Costs: 75 euros for external (not ZEA and ifz), 50 euros for students – reduction on request.

Please register till March 20 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 0664/8525451

Exploring Social and Spatial Opportunities to Move Within a City. A Resident’s Perspective on Urban Mobility.

The unequally distributed opportunities for being mobile lead to consequences on mobility patterns of individuals and distinct social groups within urban environments. In- and exclusion processes occur that have wide influence on social and spatial inequalities and by this considerable effect the quality of life of urban residents. Placement and movement of objects, humans and locations are constantly in transition; also relations between them are altering (Urry 2006). Meanwhile the structures of inequality in space are institutionalized by repetitive behaviour of urban citizens (Löw 2001) and varying extension of action spaces and different levels of local knowledge among residents strengthen inequalities in distribution, utilization and acquisition of urban space.

DONAT, Elisabeth & KOCH, Madeleine (2015): Exploring Social and Spatial Opportunities to Move Within a City. A Resident’s Perspective on Urban Mobility. University of Salzburg, Department of Geography and Geology, Geographies of Uneven Development – Working Paper, 02/2015, No. 6


Inequality with Ordinal Data. Cross-Disciplinary Review of Methodologies and Application to Life Satisfaction in Europe

Ordinal data are ubiquitously available and frequently employed in empirical research. A review of methodological approaches from various scientific fields shows that in different fields of the social sciences rather distinct methods for measuring inequality are applied without appreciating works in other disciplines. Synthesizing these works leads to the proposal of a research design, which combines dominance criteria and inequality measures from different families. This design is applied to the most recent data on life satisfaction in Europe, a field of research continuing to gain political importance but typically building on questionable methodologies. Hence, empirical results presented are valuable in several respects. One important finding is that specific measures are not consistent as re-rankings frequently occur. It seems this is not primarily due to the underlying data being ordinal, but more because dominance can hardly be found. Indeed, the underlying 0-10 Likert-scale appears to cause a dilemma as the Allison-Foster principle of dominance turns out to be restrictive when applied to relatively dense scales.

SCHODER, Jörg (2014) Inequality with Ordinal Data. Cross-Disciplinary Review of Methodologies and Application to Life Satisfaction in Europe. University of Salzburg, Department of Geography and Geology, Geographies of Uneven Development – Working Paper, 12/2014, No. 5

Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archaeology

Agent-based simulation goes beyond social sciences. The book “Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archaeology” concerns with the “re-enactment” and “visualisation” of possible scenarios of the field of Archaeology for a wider audience. 
Andreas Koch participated in this book too with the chapter „Geosimulation: Modeling Spatial Processes“ (p. 99 – 118).

Koch A. Geosimulation: Modeling Spatial Processes. In: Wurzer G., Kowarik K. and H. Reschreiter (eds.): Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archeology. Advances in Geographic Information Science, Springer, 2014, p. 99-118.

Alpine Space 2014+

The Alpine Space Programme invites to save the date for its transnational conference: Alpine Space 2014+ showcasing the achievements of the 2007-2013 Programme and projects, and launching the 2014-2020 period.


When: on 21-22 October 2014

Where: in Salzburg, Austria

More information on:

AGIT 2014 Conference Proceedings

Koch Andreas: Kartogramme als Tool zur Visualisierung und Messung sozialräumlicher Segregation. In: Angewandte Geoinformatik 2014, Beiträge zum 26. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg, Hrsg.: Strobl/Blaschke/Griesebner/Zagel, Heidelberg 2014, S. 242-253

Strengthening Intangible Infrastructures

The term ‘infrastructure’ commonly refers to the partly naturally given, partly manmade constitutive conditions that affect, enable, and ensure our everyday lives. This concept is generally used in an economic sense and highlights the material and institutional facilities of our environment that can be summed up as the tangible means which our societies are based upon. Consequently, talking about ‘intangible infrastructures’ may appear to be a somewhat unusual concept. The term ‘intangible’ includes areas of our lives that are not (or are not primarily) represented physically; it points to invisible realms of the human existence, both intellectually or knowledge-based; to cultural and even ethical matters, and to the social adhesives and cultural techniques that civilizations are being built on. As ‘intangible infrastructure’, we regard them as fundamental for our well-being and for a good quality of life.


This volume is a result of a two-day conference held in December 2012 in Salzburg, Austria, which brought together researchers and practitioners from manifold scientific backgrounds, including sociology, philosophy, social geography, economics, urban studies, political science, history, communication sciences and public communication. The text draws a map of current discourses on intangible infrastructures, and provides strategies of strengthening intangible infrastructures.

Working Papers

The research group Social and Economic Geography of the Department of Geography and Geology - University of Salzburg - has released some preliminary scientific papers that can be found here:
Working Papers (Geographies of Uneven Development)

The main purpose of these papers is to share our recent research with other social scientists, to make our findings available to interested readers and to elicit feedback on our work.  Whereas the specific topics of the working papers cover different research areas, the common denominator of all these papers are Geographies of Uneven Development.

Publication European Countryside Issue on Demographic Change

Prof. Andreas Koch of the research group Social Geography of the University of Salzburg has edited, in cooperation with Barbara Černič-Mali of the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, the March issue of the journal "European Countryside" on Demographic Change.

Together with Madeleine Koch, they wrote the introduction to the current issue, which can be found online for free via: European Countryside Issue March 2014.

Photo Competition (Scandinavia)

As part of the Excursion Scandinavia,  a photo competition among the students took place on specific social geographic topics. The aim was to strenghten students' capacity to recognize socio-spatial features and elaborate them with short statements.
You can find the winners, as well as other excellent work, here: Photo Competition

60th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International

Where: Atlanta

When: 13.11-16.11.2013

Further information

Social Atlas - Steirische Eisenstraße

Book publication
"Keep the ball rolling" is the first Austrian social festival with the aim to realize ideas for strengthening social togetherness. Emigration and aging popultion, economic and societal change - those are only some of the challenges that have to be faced by the inhabitants of the Steirische Eisenstraße.
What should be done locally according to the affected population? And how to address those challenges?
The social atlas Steirische Eisenstraße provides answers through 68 projects that have been developed in the course of the social festival "Keep the ball rolling". The ideas and visions for improving life quality and societal participation are examples of a sense of responsibility, individual initiative and creative dealing with local knowledge in the corresponding social and spatial environment, that can be examples for other locations and regions. Beyond, the underlying challenges of the region are depicted from perspectives of social geography, sociology and poverty research.

The book which was co-written by Prof. Andreas Koch is available here.

Publications: The Andean Mountains & Mountain Geography

Emiritus Professor Christoph Stadel of the University of Salzburg (research group social geography), in collaboration with Axel Borsdorf (Professor at University of Innsbruck and director of the institute of interdisciplinary mountain research of the Austrian academy of sciences), has published a comprehensive book on the Andes mountains.

An excerpt of the book description:
“Natural resources, overwhelming scenic beauties, a vast variety of seemingly intact cultures, economic diversity – those are keywords that are often connected with the Andes mountains. For the first time in decades it is attempted to draw the big picture of this region of the earth’s surface that is connected by the longest mountain range worldwide. (…) Illustrated with numerous fascinating photographies and and intuitively accessible charts and graphics, this book provides the base for a better insights of this natural space with all of its problems.”

The book is available via the following link: The Andean Mountains: A geographical portrait



In addition, Christoph Stadel, in collaboration with Jim Gardner (Canada) and Robert Rhoades (USA), has contributed the substantial chapter titled “People in Mountains” to the newly published book “Mountain Geography: Physical and Human Dimensions”, which is available here: Mountain Geography: Physical and Human Dimensions


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