Cooperation and Networking

Being an inter-disciplinary centre on spatial social research, the IRS is outstandingly networked at the regional, national and international level. Scientists from the IRS maintain relations inside the Leibniz Association, with universities and research institutions as well as within their respective scientific communities. The IRS maintains institutional partnerships with the University of Manchester (Department of Geography at the School of Environment, Education and Development), the University of Leicester (Centre of Urban History – School of Historical Studies), the Adam-Mickiewicz University of Poznán, and the University of Eastern Finland. Furthermore, the IRS cooperates with a number of other partner institutions in the form of project consortiums funded by the EU framework programme of research and innovation (Horizon 2020) and other bi- or multi-national as well as German programmes. Here you will find an overview of currently running projects and our project partners.


Being a non-university research institution of the Leibniz Association, the IRS is in a variety of contexts connected to the other Leibniz institutions. In this context, the IRS´s commitment with three inter-disciplinary Leibniz research combines as well as in the context of the association of spatial-research institutes (5R Network) must be emphasized. more infos

One crucial pillar of the cooperation with the Universities of Brandenburg and Berlin are joint appointments together with the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, the University of Potsdam, the Free University of Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin. more infos

The IRS is an institutional member of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), while the IRS researchers are connected to various scientific associations in their own right. The appointments to boards signifies the appreciation of the researchers' expertise both in the scientific communiy as well as in politics, administration, economy and society. more infos