Vienna, Austria

Urban and Regional Infrastructures

when 29 September 2021 - 2 October 2021
language English
duration 1 week

The ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association in cooperation with the University of Vienna is inviting applications for the ARL International Summer School 2021 on “Urban and Regional Infrastructures”, which will take place from Wed. 29 September to Sat. 2 October, 2021 in Vienna (the arrival is scheduled for 28 September 2021). Advanced master and doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to apply. The summer school will be held in English. The deadline for applications is 11th April 2021.


Infrastructure has regained interest in geography and planning studies in course of a global, interdisciplinary ‘infrastructural turn’ during the last two decades. The new systemic questions around infrastructure development and planning exceed well beyond engineering and technology issues of the former centuries and reach into social, political and economic spheres of debate. Global connectivity, mobility, digitalisation, urbanisation, energy demand, capitalist growth and crises attach their uneven trajectories to infrastructural networks and services. Through that, the development of urban and regional infrastructures may shape new geographies of inequality and re-negotiates standards of infrastructural provision – such as availability, accessibility, affordability, quality and variety. At the same time, normatively spoken, ‘good’ governance and development of infrastructure can be a key for sustainability oriented urban and regional planning as well as policy.


The ARL realizes its International Summer School 2021 in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the University of Vienna as a member of the UNIVIE Research Platform ”The Challenge of Urban Futures“. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss conceptual, methodological, and empirical contributions that explore urban and regional infrastructures with critical, spatial, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. The presentations and discussions should deliver insight into selected facets of infrastructure planning and discourses, relate these to the role they may play in/for urban and regional development, and address their consequences for spatial planning and development strategies. Specifically, we invite – but do not limit – contributions from early career researchers who demonstrate a particular interest in:

- analysing social and technical infrastructure planning practices,
- governance and policy discourses, the politics of infrastructure,
- the role of public, private, and civic actors and their connections (public-private-partnerships),
- historical avenues, postcolonial and political economy perspectives,
- future trends, digitalisation, social, economic and technical innovations,
- collaborative practices as drivers for community-based economies/collaborative endeavours,
- arrival infrastructures,
- gender approaches to infrastructure provision and access,
- implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Course leader

ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association in cooperation with the University of Vienna

Target group

Advanced master and doctoral students

Course aim

Our aim is to stimulate discussion, gain insight, and develop new research questions on the topics presented at the summer school. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research and receive individual feedback from international professors and experts. In addition, keynote speeches and plenary sessions offer the opportunity to intensify the debate and develop further research ideas. Field trips and shared social activities will help bring the topic of urban and regional infrastructures to life.

Credits info

there will be a possibility to get credits, but it´s not fixed yet

Fee info

EUR 0: The ARL sponsors the accommodation and travel costs of all selected participants