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Institute of Regional Science (IfR)

Kaiserstraße 12
building 10.50
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
phone: +49 721 608 42365
fax: +49 721 608 42888

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All over the world, problems of land use, damages caused by natural disasters and conflicts between land users increase.

The Institute of Regional Science (IfR) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, analyzes these structures and processes. With a focus on developing countries, the institute's interdisciplinary research staff develops regional and spatial planning concepts to meet these challenges. The institute's guiding principle is an active exchange of research and teaching at the interface of geo, environmental and social sciences. 

In the framework of the Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, the IfR offers three different four-term study programmes focusing on the special challenges of spatial and regional planning in emerging and developing countries. The IfR also fulfills teaching and research responsibilities of the former Institute of Urban and Spatial Planning (ISL) at KIT.

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Foto: B. Mallick/Bangladesh

Foto: S. Kubisch/Chile


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Job offer: student assistant IT (m/f/x)

Are you at home in network administration? And keen on acquainting yourself with new subjects? The IfR needs you as IT assistant. Start of work: earliest possible.


Our first-year students meet on Monday, 10 October at 10 am. Please find information regarding all students on the first week‘s schedule. May you all have a successful term!

Ask Claudia and Gulmira

Are lectures also held in English? What is the objective of field trips? Our student representatives Claudia and Gulmira are happy to provide first-hand information!

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What is regional science?

Why study it?

An introduction
by Prof.  J. Vogt

Regional Science?
La science régionale?
Ciencia Regional?


Lectures workspace

Lecture notes on courses of IfR and former ISL are available on ILIAS. Find your courses via Vorlesungsverzeichnis. Also check the current timetable for summer term 2019.

Latest publications

Click on latest publications to access the latest papers, book chapters and conference contributions of IfR. Further publications are listed in the projects chapter of this website and on the employees' profile pages.