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Dr Darja Reuschke 

Associate Professor

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Dr Darja Reuschke is Associate Professor in Human Geography within Geography and Environmental Science 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

Member of the ESRC Peer Review College 2015 - 2019
Series Editor ‘Entrepreneurship, Space and Place’ with Edward Elgar
Associated Editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science 2014 - 2016
Associate Member of theWork Futures Research Centre, University of Southampton

Research interests

  • The complex interrelationships between people’s working lives and private lives
  • Geographies of self-employment, micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Microspaces of economic activities and enterprises in homes and beyond homes including in coworking spaces and other people’s homes
  • Daily mobilities, residential migration and interconnections with work, employment and gender relations
  • Neighbourhoods and housing in relation to how they shape people’s employment decisions, business start-ups and business practices
  • Longitudinal research and modelling change over time particularly with respect to people’s employment careers

Research Projects

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) : Pathways to Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Business Creation in Europe

This grant was awarded to ‘accelerate’ impact of the ERC WORKANDHOME project over a duration of 12 months in 2017. Specifically, we are working with the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (LEED) in the OECD, Paris, to produce a policy brief ‘Policies for Home-based Businesses’ and organising an event for discussing policies of fostering home-based business creation and growth with key policy stakeholders across the OECD member states.

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.

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.

ESRC Seminar Series ‘Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods’ 

Housing equity and the mortgage crisis, Regional Studies Association

Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Affiliate research group

Economy, Society and Governance

I have been teaching students of geography and spatial planning since 2004/05. I have a broad expertise in teaching economic geography, population geography, housing and geographical skills and methods.

I currently teach undergraduate students in the BA geography programme and the joint geography/social statistics programme in the following modules:

GEOG1010 - Geographical, quantitative and field skills

GEOG2034 – Economic Geography

GEOG1007 – Geographical Skills for understanding population & geography

In my courses and field classes, students do not only learn about interconnections between businesses, cities and urban governance and how changing geographies of work and businesses are currently changing cities, but also to identify secondary data sources in relevant topic areas and how to collect own data, analyse and interprete them. Students of GEOG1010 and GEOG1007, for example, go into coffee shops to observe how these sites are being used – is it only for social purposes? How can we ‘measure’ whether people work in these spaces?

I am a Personal Academic Tutor to currently five BA geography students.

I currently supervise five undergraduate students in their third year thesis, topics covering agglomerations and innovation, employment and health, and green spaces in the city and social inequality. I am particularly interested in supporting students in the broad areas of geographies of employment, work and businesses.

Admin Roles

I am the Geography Programme coordinator for the joint Geography/Social Statistics programme.

I have contributed to the ATHENA SWAN submission of the Department of Geography & Environment in April 2017. I have experience in gender and wider equality issues in academia and the private sector through earlier roles in the Athena Swan procress at the University of St Andrews and my role in government in Germany in supporting ethnic minorities in the labour market.

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