Public policy

CCRD10 Elective Course 4 ECTS
Period NOT ON OFFER 2019-2020 -
Instructor Matthias Kokorsch


This course provides an overview of regional and rural policy from a global perspective. A special emphasis is on the distinction between top-down and bottom-up policies as they relate to neoliberalism and the welfare state.


At the end of the course, students

  • will be able to relate regional and rural policy to a global perspective
  • will be able to explain the differences between top-down and bottom-up policies
  • will be able to present and explain findings from the scientific literature and discuss them with peers
  • will develop their critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, through course assignments




Dr. Matthias Kokorsch is the director of the master’s program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development. He holds a PhD from the University of Iceland in Geography, a state examination for teaching in Geography, Social Sciences and Pedagogy from the University of Duisburg and Essen. His PhD dissertation was entitled “Mapping Resilience – Coastal Communities in Iceland” (Seigla íslenskra sjávarbyggða).

Matthias Kokorsch’s research interests include community resilience, regional development, particularly in sparsely populated regions, structural changes of old-industrial areas, and resource management in combination with aspects of justice and decision-making processes. His recent publications include “Prosper or perish? The development of Icelandic fishing villages after the privatisation of fishing rights” and “Where have all the people gone? The limits of resilience in coastal communities”. Earlier publications are on fisheries management in Iceland. Prior to his job as program director, Matthias Kokorsch worked as scientist for the Thünen-Institute of Rural Studies in Germany and taught at the University of Hanover.