Working Group Economic Geography


  • Beer, A., Ayres, S., Clower, T., Faller, F., Sancino, A., Sotarauta, M. (2018). Place Leadership and Regional Economic Development: A Framework for Cross Regional Analysis. Regional Studies. Link
  • Faller, F. (2018): Die Energiewende als Praktik. In: Kühne, O. und Weber, F. (Hrsg.): Bausteine der Energiewende. Wiesbaden. Link
  • Faller, F. & C. Schulz (2017) Sustainable practices of the energy transition – Evidence from the biogas and building industries in Luxembourg. Applied Geography. Link
  • Steen, M., Faller, F. & Ullern E.F. (2016). The Role of Region in Promoting Sustainable Energy With Smart Specialization Strategies, CenSES Working Paper 6/2016. Link 
  • Hassink, R., Gong, H. & F. Faller (2016): Can we learn anything from economic geography proper? Yes, we can! Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography #16.22, Utrecht University. Link
  • Faller, F. (2016): Räumliche Praktiken der Energiewende am Beispiel der Biogaserzeugung in Rheinland-Pfalz. Raumforschung und Raumordnung 74(3), 199-211. Link
  • Faller, F. (2016): A practice approach to study the spatial dimensions of the energy transition. Environ. Innovation Soc. Transitions 19, 85-95. Link
  • Faller, F. (2016): Energetisches Regionalisieren. Transformationspraktiken der Energiewende am Beispiel der Biogaserzeugung, Études luxembourgeoise/Luxemburg-Studien 10, Peter Lang, Frankfurt/Main.
  • Faller, F. (2016): Biogas – Power – Space. On the Construction of Energy Regions in Border Areas. In: Wille, C., Reckinger, R., Kmec, S. & M. Hesse (eds.): Spaces and Identities in Border Regions. Policies - Media - Subjects. Bielefeld: transcript. Link
  • Faller, F. (2014): Regional Strategies for Renewable Energies: Development Processes in Greater Manchester. European Planning Studies, 22 (5): 889–908. Link
  • Faller, F. (2014): Biogas – Macht – Raum. Zur Konstruktion von Energieregionen in Grenzräumen. In: Wille, C., Reckinger, R., Kmec, S. & M. Hesse (Hrsg.): Räume und Identitäten in Grenzregionen. Politiken – Medien – Subjekte. Bielefeld: transcript, 105 - 118. Link
  • Faller, F., Amann, W., Heimböckel, D., Kreutz, B., Kreutzer, E. & H. Mauer (2014): Raum- und Identitätskonstruktionen durch institutionelle Praktiken. In: Wille, C., Reckinger, R., Kmec, S. & M. Hesse (eds.): Räume und Identitäten in Grenzregionen. Politiken – Medien – Subjekte. Bielefeld: transcript, 73-81. Link
  • Brautsch, M., Burkel, A., Conrad, M., Endres, M., Faller, F., Lechner, R., Miosga, M., Kohl, S., Kreißl, M. & M. Ruckdeschel (2012). Aufschwung durch die Energiewende. Konzeptstudie der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiewende Nordostbayern (Advancing the Energy Transition. A study from the working group Energy Transition in North East Bavaria). Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiewende Nordostbayern.
  • Faller, F. (2011): Regional Governance und Strategieentwicklung. Steuerungsmöglichkeiten für die Energiewende am Beispiel der Region Greater Manchester (Regional Governance and Regional Strategy Development. Governing options for the energy transition in Greater Manchester, UK). Bayreuth: Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Bayreuth.

Focus of Research

  •   Environmental Economic Geography
  •   Regional Transformations & Industrial Policy
  •   Energy Transition
  •   Theories of Practice

I am currently working on regional transitions to “green” economies, applying concepts from Environmental Economic Geography and Theories of Practice. The goal of my research is to develop a deeper understanding of the evolution, dispersion and transformation of economic and political practices of regional transformations towards alternative green economies. Aspects of interest are, e.g., emerging practices in the “green economy” and which practices are important for the creation of “green growth” institutions; How practices of the green economy interrelate, which networks of practices contribute to regional transformations towards green economies; which regional dynamics emerge from green economic practices and processes; which contexts support or impede regional transformations towards a ‘green economy’; which and how industrial policies impact such transformations.

In the policy-implementation-oriented INTERREG-BSR-project "Co2mmunity" (link) I am working on community energy projects in the Baltic Sea Region and how they can be supported for increasing the overall share of renewable energies.


  • Since 04/2015: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Kiel, Economic Geography
  • 04/2013-07/2014: Visiting Lecturer, Saarland University, Institute of Geography
  • 06/2011-03/2015: Scientific Collaborator and Assistant to Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz, University of Luxembourg, Environmental Economic Geography
  • 10/2009 - 05/2011: Freelance work (consultant) in the field of local authorities and climate change
  • 09/2007-09/2009: Student Assistant, University of Bayreuth; German Geographers Congress 2007, Economic Geography (Prof. Dr. A. Matuschewski), Social Geography (Prof. Dr. D. Müller-Mahn), Urban and Regional Development (Prof. Dr. A. Matuschewski)


  • 07/2016: Summer Institute in Economic Geography, University of Kentucky; organizers: Susan Roberts, Michael Samers, Andrew Wood, Matthew Zook, and Jamie Peck
  • 06/2011- 02/2015: PhD studies in geography; project: “Energetisches Regionalisieren. Transformationspraktiken der Energiewende am Beispiel der Biogaserzeugung” (Energetic regionalizing. Energy transition practices and the case of biogas production), joint supervision by Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz and Prof. Dr. Peter Dörrenbächer
  • 10-11/2012: International PhD course on Economic Geography at Utrecht University: "Geography of knowledge, networks and clusters"; organizers: Ron Boschma, Bjorn Asheim, and Anders Malmberg
  • 2006-2011; Studies in Geographie (Diplom) at the University of Bayreuth; Diploma-Thesis: "Regional Governance und Regionale Strategiebildung. Steuerungsmöglichkeiten für die Energiewende am Beispiel der Region Greater Manchester, UK" (Regional Governance and Regional Strategy Development. Governing options for the energy transition using the exapmle of Greater Manchester, UK) , supervision by Prof. Dr. Anke Matuschewski (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service - D/10/44452)
  • 2005-2006: Studies in Cybernetic Engineering at the University of Stuttgart

Academic networks and committee work

Research Networks

  • "Junges Forum" of the Akademie der Raumforschung und Landesplanung (ARL) (since 2011)
  • "Regional Studies Association" (since 2012)
  • UmWiG - Umweltorientierte Wirtschaftsgeographie; colloquium on Environmental Economic Geography (since 2011)

Committee work

  • "Mittelbausprecher" at the Department of Geography (since Nov 2015)


Former Activities

Professional Review Activities

  • Administrative Sciences
  • Die Erde
  • energies
  • Energy Policy
  • European Planning Studies
  • Geographica Helvetica
  • Local Environment
  • Raumforschung und Raumordnung
  • sustainability
  • Urban Studies
  • Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeogaphie