Rethinking (In)Equality

International Conference: (In)Equality Reloaded: Targeting glocal inequality relations | Churburg Economic Talks 2.0: (In)Equality relations in rural areas

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  • Date: 14-15.10.2021, Day 1: 14.00 – 17.30 CET | Day 2: 10.00 – 17.00 CET
  • Place: Auditorium Eurac Research & Kulturhaus Schluderns/Sluderno
  • Typology: Conference & Churburg Economic Talks 2.0

Inequalities are embedded in every society and result in certain groups receiving advantages from which others are excluded: There are the wealthy and the less wealthy, there are the powerful and those over whom power is exercised, there are the highly educated and the low-skilled, there are socially valued population groups and those who are less respected, there are people who are better off because of their gender or origin and those who are disadvantaged. What has changed, however, is the context in which inequalities emerge, as well as their framework conditions, their nature and extent. For example, digitalisation has not only changed the way we do business and work, but has also had a significant impact on the distribution of income, wealth and power. Current crises are hitting the weak and disadvantaged in society even harder and exacerbating the disparities. Inequalities not only affect individual lifestyles, but also lead to social and political problems. How can this imbalance be addressed and, at best, solved? What are the prospects for development? Are there examples of how inequality can be countered in an exemplary way? These are questions that renowned experts will try to answer.

The first part of the conference will take place in Bolzano and is organised in cooperation with SIBE - School of International Business and Entrepreneurship at Steinbeis University Berlin. The main focus will be on global dynamics around the topic of inequalities, including income inequalities, access to resources, education and social mobility. On the second day - as part of the third edition of the Churburg Economic Talks 2.0 in Schluderns/Sluderno - the focus is on the regional level. In cooperation with the start-up and innovation centre BASIS Vinschgau Venosta, inequality-relevant aspects and topics in rural areas, such as rural exodus, affordable housing, as well as possible development perspectives will be discussed.

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Programme: (In)Equality Reloaded | 14.10.2021 in Bolzano/Bozen

Targeting glocal inequality relations

Global inequality dynamics, resource distribution and ultimately also geopolitical power relations have - even if not always visible at first glance - direct effects on the local level. We question and discuss system logics that are responsible for existing inequality relations.


Eröffnung der Veranstaltung
Roland Psenner, Präsident, Eurac Research

Einführung in das Thema „(Un)Gleichheit neu denken“
Harald Pechlaner, Leiter des Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research
Stefanie Kisgen, geschäftsführende Direktorin der Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) GmbH und der SIBE Scientific Projects GmbH

Dimensionen globaler Gerechtigkeit
Barbara Unmüßig, Politologin und Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin

Gender Inequalities in Leadership Positions: Economic, Social and Governmental Aspects
Juliana Oliveira Nascimento, Lawyer, Co-founder of the Compliance Women Committee and Manager at KPMG Brazil

Recenti tendenze nelle disuguaglianze regionali in Italia: Nuove riflessioni sul divario nord-sud
Francesco Asso, Professore Ordinario di Storia dell'Economia, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali (DEMS), Università di Palermo

16:15 Kaffeepause

Podiumsdiskussion: (Un)Gleichheitsverhältnisse in Südtirol
Cristina Masera, Generalsekretärin des Gewerkschaftsbundes AGB/CGIL
Esther Ausserhofer, Vizepräsidentin der Jungunternehmer im Unternehmerverband
Thomas Benedikter, POLITiS, Freie Universität Bozen

17:30 Abschluss der Veranstaltung

Harald Pechlaner, Leiter des Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research

Programme: Churburg Economic Talks 2.0 | 15.10.2021 in Sluderno/Schluderns

(In)Equality relations in rural areas

The tensions in rural areas are multifaceted: mobility and accessibility, access to resources and their distribution, spatial planning, affordable housing and brain drain. What inequalities prevail in rural areas? This topic is the focus of this year's Churburger Wirtschaftsgespräche 2.0.

In cooperation with: BASIS VINSCHGAU VENOSTA

Begrüßung und Eröffnung der Veranstaltung
Harald Pechlaner, Leiter des Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research
Hannes Götsch, Sozialunternehmer, Projektentwickler, Gründer BASIS Vinschgau Venosta

Global trifft lokal
Barbara Unmüßig, Politologin und Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin

Nachhaltigkeit und soziale Ungleichheit. Warum es keine Nachhaltigkeit ohne soziale Gerechtigkeit geben kann
Davide Brocchi, Publizist und Transformationsforscher, Köln

Moderiertes Gespräch
Barbara Unmüßig, Politologin und Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Berlin
Davide Brocchi, Publizist und Transformationsforscher, Köln

12:30 Mittagspause

6x7: Impulse aus der Region

  • Thema: Stadt-/Landflucht
    Philipp Corradini, Forscher am Institut für Regionalentwicklung, Eurac Research (Bozen)
    Philipp Rier, Raumplaner (Deqing County/Bozen)

  • Thema: Leistbares Wohnen
    Ulrich Santa, Direktor der KlimaHaus Agentur (Bozen)
    Ulrich Kriese, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Projektentwicklung, Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung, Stiftung Edith Maryon (Basel)

  • Thema: Zugang zu Bildung und Arbeitsmarkt
    Stefan Perini, Direktor des Arbeitsförderungsinstituts (Bozen)
    Matthias Einhoff, Co-Direktor des Zentrums für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U) (Berlin)

Gemeinsames Arbeiten an Lösungsvorschlägen zu den Themen Stadt-/Landflucht, leistbares Wohnen sowie Zugang zu Bildung und Arbeitsmarkt

Diskussion der Ergebnisse der Arbeitstische

Abschluss der Veranstaltung
Harald Pechlaner, Leiter des Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research
Daria Habicher, Forscherin am Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research
Hannes Götsch, Sozialunternehmer, Projektentwickler, Gründer BASIS Vinschgau Venosta

Ausklang auf der Churburg
auf Einladung von Johannes Graf Trapp mit musikalischer Umrahmung von Gernot und Bernadette Niederfriniger

Registration and Info

Participation only with Green Pass!
REGISTRATION is required: https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/B2Z62BS
Participation is free of charge.

The conference in Bolzano will be held in the Eurac Research auditorium in compliance with the current security regulations. It is also possible to follow the lectures online.

The Churburg Economic Talks 2.0 will take place in the Kulturhaus Schluderns. Should the situation change, the lectures will be available to watch online.

Follow-up report

You can find the follow-up report on the conference HERE.


Eurac Research
Center for Advanced Studies
Drususallee 1 / Viale Druso 1
39100 Bozen / Bolzano
T +39 0471 055 801

School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE)
Steinbeis-Haus Herrenberg
Kalkofenstraße 53
71083 Herrenberg
T +49 (0) 70 32-9458-0

BASIS Vinschgau Venosta
Drusus-Kaserne / Caserma Druso
Kortscher Straße 97 / Via Corzes 97
39028 Schlanders / Silandro
T +39 333 9754800


Daria Habicher

ResearcherCenter for Advanced Studies

Elisa Innerhofer

Senior ResearcherCenter for Advanced Studies

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