This scheme illustrates how the TPSN framework interacts with the Research Clusters,
The GHL addresses the plurality and complexity of spaces, transfers and interactions by applying a multidimensional perspective on spatiality to overcome methodological territorialism, place-centrism, scale-centrism and network-centrism (Wenzlhuemer 2010; Allen and Dinnen 2017). As Jessop, Brenner and Jones (2008) highlight, the key dimensions of socio-spatial relations are territories, places, scales and networks which are mutually constitutive and relationally intertwined (TPSN framework). Each of the four socio-spatial relations can be used as a structuring principle, either in itself, as a structuring principle with an impact on other socio-spatial configurations, or as a structuring field, produced in part through the impact of other socio-spatial configurations. The novelty of the RCs consists of adding a fifth configuration, namely time, to the analytical framework. The spatio-temporal dimension in combination with the TPSN framework will enable the RCs to analyse transformations, articulations and manifestations in past forms of complex spatialities. Therefore, the RCs will provide a ‘thick description’ of spaces and spatiality by involving the dynamic articulation of at least two or more among the dimensions.
Allen, Matthew G. and Sinclair Dinnen, ‘Is the ‘hybrid turn’ a ‘spatial turn’? A geographical perspective on hybridity and state-formation in the Western Pacific’, Third World Thematics: A TWO Journal, 2017, 1–18.
Jessop, Bob, Neil Brenner and Martin Jones, ‘Theorizing sociospatial relations’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26, 2008, 389–401.
Wenzlhuemer, Roland, ‘Globalization, communication and the concept of space in global history’, Historical Social Research 35:1, 2010, 19–47.