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Dr Darja Reuschke 

Associate Professor

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Dr Darja Reuschke is Associate Professor in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton

Since August 2016 – Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Southampton
2012 – 2016 – Lecturer in Human Geography, University of St Andrews
2011 – Marie Curie Fellow of the European Commission, University of St Andrews
2010 – Lecturer in Human Geography, Trier University
2004 – 2010 – Lecturer, Research Fellow, TU Dortmund
2003 – 2004 – Co-ordinator of EQUAL, European Social Fund, Federal State of Bremen






Research interests

- Interrelationship between people’s worklives and private lives
- Self-employment, micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship
- Microspaces of economic activities and enterprises
- Residential mobility, neighbourhoods, housing
- Longitudinal research

Research Projects

1. Reshaping society and space: home-based self-employment and businesses (WORKANDHOME)

WORKANDHOME is an international research project funded by the European Research Council through a Starting Grant to Dr Darja Reuschke, 2015-2020. WORKANDHOME investigates the intersection of the economic and the social, and production and reproduction, through the lens of self-employed workers who mainly use their home as workplace.

Digital Workplace for Innovation and Participation (DigiWIP)

Online marketplaces have dramatically increased in importance with the rise of platforms such as and Upwork. Existing research points at the risk of reproducing social inequality and exploitation of ‘traditional’ labour markets on those platforms. This project adds to existing knowledge of online platforms and crowd work through investigating links with innovation and collaboration. The key objective is to reveal new ways of working and collaborating between enterprises and individuals, to encourage innovation and participation building towards a new vision for ‘Factories of the Future’.

Urban Studies Foundation Seminar Series: Spatial Reconfigurations of Work in Cities

Work is increasingly organized outside employer-employee systems, people hold multiple jobs and an increasingly mobile workforce works in multiple places including own homes, other people’s homes, co-working spaces, warehouses, virtual spaces, public spaces and ‘third-spaces’. This seminar series brings together cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the changing geographies of workplaces in cities.

2. Microbusiness Online Research Hub:

This project was developed in partnership with the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at the Middlesex University. The online portal provides all information and data-sources concerning micro-enterprises including those that are home-based.

3. ESRC Seminar Series ‘Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods’ 

4. Housing equity and the mortgage crisis, Regional Studies Association

Research group(s)

Economy, Governance and Culture



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