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.