MA Agnes Matoga

  • Institut für Regionalwissenschaft
    Geb. 10.50
    Reinhard-Baumeister-Platz 1
    76131 Karlsruhe

Agnes Matoga is a research associate at the Institute for Regional Studies. In her doctoral thesis she deals with experimental governance processes in shrinking cities. She is currently researching changes in the housing market in the context of the Renovation Wave of the European Green Deal. In addition to these research activities, she teaches at the IfR and is an active member of the AESOP Young Academics, as well as on the editorial board of the journal plaNext.

Research Focus

  • Experimental governance
  • Participation and Active Citizenship
  • Temporary use of urban spaces
  • Co-production of local governance
  • Social Innovation
  • Qualitative and comparative case study analyses
  • Innovative methods of empirical urban research




Matyushkina, A., LeBorgne, S., Matoga, A. (2023): Overcoming the limitations to co-production in shrinking cities: insights from Latvia, France, and the Netherlands. European Planning Studies (accepted for publication)

Matoga, A. (2022): Changing governance processes to make way for civic involvement: the case of Gebrookerbos in Heerlen, Netherlands. Sustainability 2022, 14(16): 10126. Special Issue: Reviving Shrinking Cities for Being More Sustainable, Just and Resilient-Prospects and Challenges for Urban Transformation, Policymaking and Planning,
Matoga, A., (2022): Governance in accommodating shrinkage and uncertainties in decision making. In: Pallagst, K. et al. (eds) Handbook on Shrinking Cities.
Matoga, A. (2019) Governance of temporary use. Urban Planning and Design, 172(4), 159-169.
Matoga, A. (2018) How media shape the perception of temporary use. A qualitative media analysis on vacancy and temporary uses in Vienna. Disp-The Planning Review, Vol. 55, 85-96.
Matoga, A. & Franz, Y. (2018): Stadtteilentwicklung in den Niederlanden: Zwischen „active citizenship“ und kooperativen Planungsansätzen. Zur Vorbereitung und Durchführung einer Fachexkursion mit Geographiestudierenden. Geographische Rundschau, Heft 7-8/2018, Niederlande.
Matoga, A., Doyle, A., Avellini, E. and Vari, C. (2017): The Anyone - Anywhere Space(s)? Analyzing Diversity in Public Spaces. In: Franz, Y., C. Hintermann (eds.) (2017): Unravelling Complexities. Understanding Public Spaces.


  • Qualitative methods of empirical regional science research (M2)
  • Participatory and digital approaches to empirical regional research (M2)
  • Spatial planning - foundations and practice (M6)
  • Interactive and participatory analysis (M6)

Conferences/ lectures/ special activities

  • AAG Conference, online, 7-11 April, 2021, “Governance in Shrinking Cities. The role of active citizenship in experimental Governance.”
  • IGU Conference, online, 23-24 June, 2021. “Governing Shrinkage. The role of civic initiatives.”
  • Symposium “Delivering Urban Transformation Through Co-Production” TU Dortmund, 24-25 January, 2022. “The limits of co-production in shrinking cities. Case studies from Netherlands, France and Latvia.”

Professional experience

  • Since 2022 research associate at IfR, KIT
  • Since 2022 part of the editorial board team of plaNext – Next Generation Planning
  • Since 2019 PhD student at IPS, RPTU
  • 2019 – 2020 chair of the coordination team of the AESOP Young Academics
  • 2018-2020 member of the coordination team of the AEOSP Young Academics
  • 2015 – 2018 MA in Spatial Research and Planning, University of Vienna
  • 2011 – 2015 BSc in Spatial Planning and Regional Planning, Vienna University of Technology