DLGS is excited to announce that Summer School 2022 will be held on September 21st at Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden. The program is lined up with presentations from invited doctoral candidates and a workshop for PhD candidates by Ina Horlings. 

The aim is to provide doctoral candidates with the opportunity to present their on-going research work and discuss different theoretical and epistemological approaches, with experts and other researchers.

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Summer School is a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference 2022. To register for the conference, please follow this link


Wednesday | 21.09.2022



Welcome and Introduction


Parallel Sessions




Parallel Sessions






Reflection and Outlook


Workshop Engaged scholarship and co-creativity: Are you a change agent?
Prof. Dr. L.G. (Ina) Horlings, chair in Socio-Spatial Planning, Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

This workshop deals with the role of researchers in place-based sustainable transformation. In order to bring about the much needed change responding to sustainability challenges and climate change researchers increasingly work with citizens and communities instead of doing research about them, while having varied roles and applying participative research approaches.

Engaged scholarship means being driven not simply by a desire to interpret and understand the world, but also to change it, aligning thought and action. Engaged scholarship is informed by (but not limited to) principles of Participatory Action Research, Militant Scholarship, Appreciative Enquiry, Care-full Scholarship and Transformative Research. Specific attention wil be paid to co-creativity, engaging with people and places.

During this interactive workshop the topic will be introduced and  we will discuss your experiences as a researcher. Inspiration is drawn from the European Marie Curie ITN programs on Sustainable Place-shaping (www.sustainableplaceshaping.net) and Resourceful Communities (www.recoms.eu). Key questions are: What is your (normative) positionality and role as a researcher, how does this influence your choice of methods and how can this potentially contribute to sustainable transformation?


Short biography

Ina Horlings is affiliated as Prof. Socio-Spatial planning at the University of Groningen (RUG) in The Netherlands. She has an educational background in social (environmental) geography and finalised a PhD in Policy Sciences. She has expertise on topics such as place-based development, sustainability, citizen engagement and leadership. Her research focus recently shifted to the topic of transformative citizens' and community responses to climate change. She is a member of the Research Committee within the RSA. Lummina Horlings participated in several INTERREG projects, co-coordinated the Marie Curie ITN program SUSPLACE on sustainable place-shaping and is currently co-initiator and partner of the Marie Curie ITN project RECOMS on resourceful communities. She edited books, on Passion (2009), Vital Coalitions (2010), Leadership (2012), and the role of Culture in Regional Development (2015), and has written many peer-reviewed scientific articles. She is involved in the RUG Schools on 'Sustainable Development' and 'Energy and Climate'