Cooperation project municipality development
Since early 2013 the research group social geography of the University of Salzburg is working together with the Salzburg Institute for Spatial Planning & Housing (SIR) to add expertise to this year's municipality development project: "The municipality as a local supplier"
For decades now, municipalities have to handle evermore tasks. Demographic development and the change in societal demands and needs have extended the scope of tasks for muncipalities while financial resources have not grown to the same amount.
The shift of tasks of municipality, its reasons and impacts are topics of the cooperation of the municipality development Salzburg with the research group social geography. To gain a detailed view onto municipalities, undergraduate students of the geography department of the University of Salzburg are conducting interviews with several majors of municipalities with different economic, social and geographic backgrounds. Quantitative data analysis, executed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch and his team, is completing the picture of the municipalities of Salzburg.
On the 3rd of October 2013, the results of the research are presented at the municipality development conference in Elixhausen.
For further information and regular updates visit also the page of the municipality development Salzburg.
Demochange is embedded into the Alpine Space Projects frame and funded by the European Union EFRE fund. Its central aim is to investigate and evaluate demographic changes in peripheral Alpine regions of Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, and Austria in order to formulate adaptation strategies for spatial planning and regional development. Based on a thorough analysis of socio-economic and socio-demographic data several pilot activities have been launched in each model region. Furthermore, an online SWOT analysis tool and a comparative roadmap have been developed to allow regional planners and other local and regional stakeholders a coordinated engagement in dealing with an ageing population, migration and commuting issues, gender policy, preservation of basic infrastructures, and governance efforts. The Social Geography Research Group is one of two Austrian project partners.
The Austrian Spatial Development Concept 2011 highlighted DEMOCHANGE as Good Practice Example.
Project period: 10/2009 – 11/2012.
Public Perception of Demographic Change
The socialgeography research group participated at the event “Uni:hautnah” in 2010. A public discussion was held about what is meant by demography and the effects of demographic change on the everyday life of individuals as well as on various societies. The project “An interactive journey …in the demographic future of Land Salzburg“ enabled the participants to discuss demographic issues on different scales and perspectives.
Project period: 11/2010
Interactive multimedia visualization of agricultural product transport routes
Within the public event of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg “Uni:hautnah” the socialgeography working group set up an interactive multimedia visualization of agricultural product transport routes within Land Salzburg using an geographic information system. Under the title “From out of the region back to it” the project aimed to start an open discussion with the wider public on the structural connections of regional products transportation and the regional as well as seasonal availability of goods. The consumer behaviors and patterns of commerce were discussed under the focus of regional product chains.
Project period: 11/2008
Factors of Success of Factor Outlet Centers
Based on an extensive analysis of existing factory outlet centers in Germany (and Europe) the project evaluated economic geographical key success factors for a planned factory outlet center in Rhineland-Palatinate. Scientific analysis has been conducted by Department of Geosciences, University of Munich (Koch Andreas).
Project period: 9/2005 – 6/2006.
Neural Spatial Interaction Models and Genetic Algorithms
During a research semester at the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, Vienna University of Economics and Business (10/2000 – 03/2001), Andreas Koch collaborated under supervision of Prof. Dr. M. M. Fischer in this FWF-project with Martin Reismann. The idea was to develop a Neural Network Model that is capable to represent and simulate spatial interactions between Austrian cities, based on telecommunications data.
Project period: 03/2000 – 02/2002.