DigPion – Digitale Pioniere in der ländlichen Regionalentwicklung

DigPion – Digitale Pioniere in der ländlichen Regionalentwicklung


Principal investigator at BTU:  V-Prof. Dr. Julia Binder

Project team:  Kamil Bembnista,Julia Zscherneck, Hanna Zeißig and Isabelle Krebs

Funding organization: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), Förderlinie Bundesprogramm Ländliche Entwicklung (BULE+)

Link to funding measures website: https://www.ble.de/DE/Projektfoerderung/Foerderungen-Auftraege/BULE/Foerdermassnahmen/Forschungsvorhaben/Digitalisierung.html

Duration: 04/2020 - 03/2023

The BULE research project DigPion (4/2020-3/2023) analyses the networks and collaborative strategies amongst digital pioneers in rural areas. The aim of this project is to develop policy strategies that can foster sustainable spatial development and prevent spatial disparities. The project DigPion is based at the Chair of Regional Planning at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus.

The research focuses on digital pioneers with ICT-knowledge who drive social innovation and regional development in rural regions. These pioneers will be identified and their networks and collaborations will be systematically examined using network analytical methods. The data will be used for a case-based comparison. The following key questions are central to our research design: What are the socio-spatial conditions necessary for digital pioneers to mobilise knowledge, resources, networks, and social innovation in these regions? What can be learnt from this with regard to sustainable regional development? Can the positive impact of digital pioneers be enhanced by collaborative and communicative planning approaches?

WIR! - Project alliance “region 4.0” - Joint project: Enhancement of the innovation strategy; Sub-project on innovation environment and governance

WIR! - Project alliance “region 4.0” - Joint project: Enhancement of the innovation strategy; Sub-project on innovation environment and governance


Principal investigator at BTU:  Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing

Project team: Sunna Kovanen, Dr. Peter Ulrich

Consortium partners: Hochschule für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE) (Koordination), Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft (TU Berlin), Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Investor Center Uckermark GmbH, Stadtwerke Schwedt GmbH, Uckermärkische Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH, pro agro – Verband zur Förderung des ländlichen Raumes in der Region Brandenburg-Berlin e.V.

Funding organization: Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), funding programme "WIR! – Wandel durch Innovation in der Region“

Duration: 09/2019 - 09/2022

The project “region 4.0” is an alliance of the programme “Wandel durch Innovation in der Region (WIR!)” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project alliance comprises relevant actors from the scientific, economic and public sector from Berlin and Brandenburg. The main objective of the “WIR!” alliance is to implement an innovation strategy “Region 4.0” which encompasses the development of innovative value networks in the action fields tourism, agriculture/food and public services/infrastructure within the region of Brandenburg (districts Barnim and Uckermark) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (former district Uecker-Randow).

The BTU is mainly responsible for conducting the sub-project on innovation environment and governance (part of work package on the development of an innovation strategy). The contribution of the BTU to the project alliance “region 4.0” is the scientific foundation and reflection with regard to the innovation strategy. The research-centered project contribution of the IRS is the empirical and methodical linkage of three perspectives on regional innovation processes: First, the scientific editing on innovation in “organisationally thin regions“; second, environment analysis with governance actors in the project region; third, comparison with similar “organisationally thin regions“ in Germany.