The Institute of Regional Science

For over 50 years, the Institute of Regional Science (IfR) of KIT has analyzed structures and processes of land use as well as ¬¬effects of natural hazards. The IfR’s thematic and regional focus is on the regions of the global south, often still referred to as “underdeveloped“. Its interdisciplinary research team develops concepts to analyze and resolve conflicts. By means of an intervention theory-based approach, efficacy and effects of measures of development cooperation are studied. The institute’s guiding principle is a close cooperation between research, teaching and applied planning at the interface of geo, natural and social science.

Caused by climate change, the influence of natural extreme events with disastrous socio-economic effects (“natural disasters“) is constantly increasing, threatening  humans, their living spaces as well as biodiversity on earth. The regions of the global south are among those most affected.

The IfR cooperates with the regions of the global south to conceive spatial development concepts adapted to the particular natural landscapes and economic and social conditions to find sustainable and future-oriented solutions for present challenges and those to be expected in future.

Warentransport am Strand von Benin. Eine Reihe aus vier Personen wandert mit Körben auf den Köpfen am sonnigen Strand. In Richtung der Kamera zeigt ein Mofa mit Fahrer und Sozius. Das Bild wird eingerahmt von Schatten spendenden Bäumen.
History

For over 50 years, the Institute of Regional Science of KIT has analyzed structures and processes of land use as well as ­­effects of natural disasters.

History
Gruppenfoto der Mitarbeiter des Instituts für Regionalwissenschaft
Staff

The following list provides an overview of our staff and their contact details.

Staff
Bibliothek zur Regionalwissenschaft
Library

One of the most comprehensive regional science libraries throughout Europe including a large collection of plans is at your disposal to support your scientific work.

Library

Concepts of the Institute

The Institute of Regional Science and the Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning rely on a set of thematic guidelines and concepts listed below. The guidelines are binding for the IfR’s staff. Some concepts are password-protected.