Scientific Cooperation in a German Polish Border Region in the Light of EU Enlargement

  • Jutta GüntherEmail author
  • Gresa Latifi
  • Judyta Lubacha-Sember
  • Daniel Töbelmann
Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)


Starting point of this paper is the Eastern enlargement of the EU and the economic advantages and disadvantages for the old and the new EU member states. It focuses on the impact of the enlargement on border regions, especially between Germany and Poland, and introduces into the EU support programs which aim to integrate regions on both sides of the border. The scientific cooperation is picked as an example of cross-border activities which had to be (re-)established after the system break. An empirical study on the example of Europa University Viadrina—a newly founded university in the German-Polish border region—shows the extent of German-Polish cooperation based on co-publication activity.


Cross-border cooperation Scientific cooperation EU enlargement Bibliometrics 



We thank Mahmood Shubbak (Faculty of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Bremen) for his kind assistance in running the network analysis and Marcel Lange (Faculty of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Bremen) for his kind assistance in data collection and formatting.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jutta Günther
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gresa Latifi
    • 2
  • Judyta Lubacha-Sember
    • 3
  • Daniel Töbelmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Business Studies and EconomicsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Management, Economics and Industrial EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Economics, Finance, and ManagementJagiellonian UniversityCracowPoland

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