Research Topics

The DLGS launches a new call for research applications every year. Considering the overall scientific remit and concern for producing knowledge to enhance spatial sustainability transformations, each call topic focuses on one well-substantiated priority challenge. These are multi-dimensional by nature and allow applying different scientific perspectives to explore the same set of interconnected problems. As a general principle, DLGS call topics therefore:

  • Are problem-oriented and selected with a view to the evolving time horizons, pressures and priorities of spatial sustainability transformations;
  • Are open to research approaches based on any pertinent scientific disciplines;
  • Enable meaningful empirical study in and across any global region(s).

Please see here for details on the current DLGS call topic.

Past DLGS calls have covered broader topics and for longer time periods:

  • Sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities and regions (2016-20)
  • Urban and regional resilience (2012-16)
  • Regional strategies in times of demographic, climate and economic change (2010-12)
  • Demographic change and regional development strategies (2008-10)