About the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies

Question 1-3

Research Agenda


The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies’ research agenda takes the embeddedness of innovation processes in society as a whole as its general focus of interest, with particular emphasis on the interdependent topics of electro-mobility and urban systems. All research activities take East Asia (China, Japan, Korea) as the subject of their analysis, but provide interfaces for international comparisons and comparative research agendas.

Innovation is understood as a social phenomenon which not only encompasses the technological dimension but which must also be embedded in specific ‘social technologies’ that create innovation-inducing environments and promote the diffusion of new technological solutions in the socio-economic system in order to succeed.

The starting point for the research is therefore the transdisciplinary literature on the institutional foundations of national, regional, sectoral and technological innovation regimes. These specific institutions can be interpreted as ‘capital goods’ determining the productivity of individual and social innovation efforts. But as these embedding institutions exist in specific national cultures and follow different cultural, political and technological path dependencies, innovation in general must be understood as a process that is very much determined by national and cultural idiosyncrasies.

Based on this understanding, we believe that systematic collaboration between different disciplines and area studies can generate significant advances in our knowledge of innovation in general and the parameters of national, regional, sectoral and technological competitiveness in particular.

Organization of Research
 

Our research is organised around research groups, a well-established concept in the natural sciences but still new to social sciences.

The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies has six research groups, each consisting of one Junior Professor / postdoctoral researcher and two PhD students. Each group works on one specific aspect of the research agenda.

Communication and sharing of ideas, results and insights between the groups are facilitated by a series of workshops and joint events and by a team of mentors from the University of Duisburg-Essen and leading international institutions.

These mentors will act as PhD supervisors in their respective faculties and provide advice and support for specific research activities. They also build intellectual bridges between the research groups and work being conducted on meta-topics in order to create coherence within the research agenda as a whole.

Methodological Focus


Another important aim of the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies is to introduce promising methodological approaches from the social and economic disciplines into area studies.

All our research agendas are linked to institutional(ist) approaches within their respective disciplines. In the field of economics, the focus is on behavioral economics in general and experimental economics in particular.

The methodological cornerstone of research based on the political sciences is the process tracing approach, while in sociology, the emergence school is a key focus of our research agendas.

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Internationalisierung von Wissenschaft und Forschung


Der globale Wettbewerb bringt besondere Herausforderungen für das Wissenschafts- und Innovationssystem in Deutschland mit sich. Die Bedeutung von fundiertem Wissen über andere Weltregionen wächst, geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise ist gefragt. Die Bundesregierung begegnet dieser Nachfrage mit ihrer Strategie zur Internationalisierung von Wissenschaft und Forschung.

Mit dem Förderschwerpunkt “Stärkung und Weiterentwicklung der Regionalstudien (Area Studies)” knüpft das BMBF an die Internationalisierungsstrategie der Bundesregierung und die Empfehlungen des Wissenschaftsrates zu den Regionalstudien an. Durch eine erste Förderlinie 2009/2010 wurden innovative Formen der universitätsübergreifenden Zusammenarbeit der Regionalstudien untereinander vorangebracht. Ziel der zweiten Förderlinie 2012/2013 ist die Förderung inneruniversitärer Strukturbildung und Vernetzung. Im Fokus stehen die Kooperation der Regionalstudien mit den systematischen Disziplinen oder der Regionalstudien untereinander sowie die inhaltliche und methodische Weiterentwicklung der Regionalstudien. Zusammen mit seinen Schwesterprojekten möchte die IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies hierzu einen Beitrag leisten.

Die Projekte der zweiten Förderlinie
 

Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies 
Universität Bayreuth
www.bayreuth-academy.uni-bayreuth.de 

Die Amerikas als Verflechtungsraum
Universität Bielefeld
www.uni-bielefeld.de/cias/entangled_americas 

IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies 
Universität Duisburg-Essen
www.uni-due.de/in-east/school

Africa’s Asian Options (AFRASO)
Universität Frankfurt
www.afraso.org 

CETREN – Transregional Research Network
Universität Göttingen
www.cetren.de 

Centrum für Nah- und Mitteloststudien (CNMS)
Universität Marburg
www.uni-marburg.de/cnms