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The University of Graz (Karl-Franzens-Universität) was founded in 1585 and is Austria's second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. It has some 30,000 students and 3,800 employees. Within the Faculty of Environmental And Regional Sciences And Education, the Department of Geography and Regional Science covers research fields such as regional development, environmental research and geospatial technologies.

The Department has a long-standing interest in the research on old-industrial regions, covering aspects such as brownfield reclamation, innovation and regional development strategies. This interest was underlined by the participation of the department in various projects in this field, e.g. READY (INTERREG IIIB, 2003-2006), ReSOURCE (EFRE-Objective 3 "Territorial Cooperation", 2009-2012) or SHIFT-X (EFRE-Objective 3 "Territorial Cooperation", 2012-2014) .

All projects indicated dealt with endogenous potentials of old-industrialised regions, mainly in connection to industrial heritage, as an element for regional development and innovation. Therefore the department intensively supported the application for the InduCult2.0 project from its starting phase, as Industrial Culture is seen as a still largely neglected segment of potentials. Research interest is to further investigate and understand the potential role of Industrial Culture in establishing a successful regional development path in old-industrialised regions after the transformation of their regional economy.

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