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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Dr. Ludger Gailing


The spatiality and governance of energy, infrastructures and landscapes


  • Geographies of energy transitions
  • Conceptualisations of the socio-materiality in human-environment relations
  • Cultural landscapes and infrastructural governance


Dr. Ludger Gailing is the acting head of the department „Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods“ and principal investigator of the lead projects of this department at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) in Erkner. He studied spatial planning in Dortmund and Grenoble and is a researcher at the IRS since 2003. Currently, he prepares a habilitation project at the Geography Department of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. In 2017 he was a guest researcher at Durham University (COFUND-Programme of the European Commission, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions).

Since 2017 he is a member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) and 2018 he became a member of IRI THESys.

Selected Publications

Gailing, L., & Leibenath, M. (2017). Political Landscapes between Manifestations and Democracy, Identities and Power. Landscape Research, 42(4), 337-348. 10.1080/01426397.2017.1290225, 25, 1-41. doi: 10.1080/23308249.2016.1209160. 

Gailing, L. (2016). Transforming Energy Systems by Transforming Power Relations: Insights from Dispositive Thinking and Governmentality Studies. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 29(3), 243-261. 10.1080/13511610.2016.1201650

Gailing, L., & Moss, T. (Hrsg.) (2016). Conceptualizing Germany’s Energy Transition: Institutions, Mate-riality, Power, Space. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1057/978-1-137-50593-4

Gailing, L., & Leibenath, M. (2015). The Social Construction of Landscapes: Two Theoretical Lenses and Their Empirical Applications. Landscape Research, 40(2), 123-138. 10.1080/01426397.2013.775233

Gailing, L. (2014). Kulturlandschaftspolitik: Die gesellschaftliche Konstituierung von Kultur-landschaft durch Institutionen und Governance. (Planungswissenschaftliche Studien zu Raum-ordnung und Regionalentwicklung; Nr. 4). Detmold: Rohn.

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