Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung, Germany

The IRS researches social, economic and spatial aspects of urban and regional development. It investigates the transformation and governance of cities and regions through a social science approach and interdisciplinary teams focusing on long-term research.

With its research projects the institute contributes actively to devising objectives and strategies for the development and stabilisation of European sub-regions. The theoretically-founded and practice-oriented research targets the generation of knowledge in four fields:

  • Dynamics of Economic Spaces
  • Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods
  • Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge, and Spatial Development
  • Regeneration of Cities and Towns

 The research area currently encompasses the new federal states, the Federal Republic of Germany as a whole, Eastern and Central Europe and other EU countries.

The IRS cooperates at national and international levels with universities and extra-university research institutes. Cooperation agreements exist with the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Free University Berlin, Potsdam University, Technical University Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Currently (December 2010) 71 people are employed at the IRS, of whom 46 are academics (19 in third-party funded projects, 14 postgraduates). The institute is funded by the Federal Government and the State of Brandenburg with equal shares. The annual budget is about 3.0 Mio. €. In addition, external funding amounting to ca. 0.75 Mio. € each year is won to conduct research for ministries of the federal states (the “Länder”) and the Federal Government, the German Research Council (DFG) and the European Commission.

Contact: Hans-Joachim Bürkner, buerkner@irs-net.de
Phone: +49 33 62 793 250
Address: Flakenstrasse 28-31, Erkner 15537,Germany

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Dr. James Scott
Project manager
Ph: (+358) 50366 0653
Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €