Dr. Anna Butzin

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Research Department Innovation, Space & Culture

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Anna Butzin studied spatial planning with specialization in regional economic development and European structural policy at Technical University of Dortmund (graduated as Diplom-engineer) and at Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (graduated as M.Sc.). She wrote her doctoral thesis at the Department of Geography, Philipps-University of Marburg (title of thesis: „Knowledge Dynamics in Innovation Biographies. A Methodological and Spatial Perspective”).

Since September 2006 Anna Butzin is researcher at the department Innovation, Space & Culture of Institute for Work and Technology.

Research interests

  • time-spatial aspects of knowledge generation in innovation processes
  • further development of the research approach innovation biographies
  • development and diffusion mechanisms of social innovations
  • structural change and regional development

Further activities

  • Teaching assignments at Faculty of Spatial Planning, Technical University of Dortmund and at Institute of Interdisciplinary Work Studies, Faculty of Economics and Management, Leibniz University of Hannover.
  • Visiting researcher at Sozialforschungsstelle, Technical University of Dortmund (February-April 2014)
  • Best-paper award of the 2nd Central European Conference in Regional Science for the paper Butzin, A. (2007): Processes of innovation in the field of nanotechnology (conference paper).


  • Member of steering committee of the project SI-Drive (7th EU-Framework program, area social science and humanities)
  • Regional Studies Association
  • Junges Forum der Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung

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Publications (Selection)

Rabadjieva, Maria / Butzin, Anna
2019: Emergence and diffusion of social innovation through practice fields. In: European planning studies, published online 13 Feb 2019 Weblink

Butzin, Anna / Terstriep, Judith
2018: Actors and roles in social innovation. In: Howaldt, Jürgen / Kaletka, Christoph / Schröder, Antonius / Zirngiebl, Marthe (eds.): Atlas of social innovation: new practices for a better future. Dortmund: Technische Univ., Sozialforschungsstelle, p. 77-80 PDF

Butzin, Anna / Widmaier, Brigitta
2016: Exploring territorial knowledge dynamics through innovation biographies. In: Regional studies 20, issue 2, p. 220-232 Weblink

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