In research and teaching, the Institute of Regional Science (IfR) focusses on
- analysing spatial structures and processes on a local and regional scale especially in developing and newly industrialised countries,
- analysing and developing concepts and schemes of spatial management and development
- the special tasks of spatial planning in regions affected by natural hazards (e.g. seismic or climatic extreme events with disastrous consequences), called hazard-oriented spatial planning, as well as
- urban research and development.
The work on these topics is carried out in the framework of
- the Master's Degree Course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning focussing on the special challenges of developing and newly industrialised countries,
- the Joint Master's Degree programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning in cooperation with the Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile, focussing on the responsibilities of disaster management in spatial planning and risk-oriented regional development,
- courses in the field of spatial and urban planning for students of civil engineering and other degree programmes specialising in this field;
- different research projects.
In the framework of the International Master's Degree Course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, the IfR offers two different, four-term degree programmes, both of which focus on the special problems of developing and newly industrialised countries:
- The International Master's Degree Programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning taught at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, leading to the degree of "Master of Regional Science, M.Sc.", including a field research period of several weeks,
- the Joint Master's Degree Programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning with a special focus on risk-oriented regional planning, taught in equal shares at the KIT and the Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile and leading to the double degree of "Master in Regional Science - Magíster en Ciéncias Régionales".
Both programmes are supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which offers scholarship programmes for both German and non-German students.
The formation is closely linked to the IfR's research projects which may be opened to dissertation projects of especially qualified students.
Responsibilities of the former Institute of Urban and Spatial Planning (ISL)
After the closure of the ISL, the Institute of Regional Science has taken on part of the ISL's research and teaching responsibilities.
Themepool of subjects for final papers in civil engineering degree courses