Organisational Structure

Key responsibilities of the administration include financial management and administration of third party funds, human resources management, procurement, corporate travel management, property management and IT infrastructure support. more infos

The stated institutions of the IRS include the General Assembly, the Management Board and the Scientific Advisory Board. Internally the institute is subdivided in five research departments with special content issues, research prospects and disciplinary anchorage. Besides that staff members are working in the administration and in the area of research management and communication in two research supporting service areas for the IRS.



The General Assembly decides on all fundamental issues of the institute. It sets the guidelines of the IRS’s activities and supervises the Management Board. more infos

The Scientific Advisory Board advises the General Assembly and the Management Board. It develops recommendations regarding the IRS’s research fields and work programmes. more infos

Institute Management and Employee Representation

The Management Board heads the institute and manages its businesses in accordance to decisions by the General Assembly. more infos

Elected representatives of the interests of the employees. more infos

Central areas

Research Areas

The Research Area examines how spaces are constructed and transformed by interactive, innovative, creative, knowledge-based and entrepreneurial activity. It focuses on the complex interaction of civil society, public and private sector actors. more infos

The Research Area analyses the political negotiation, planning and transformation of the social and spatial development of cities and regions. It primarily examines the governance of increasingly uncertain, complex and ambiguous constellations. more infos

The Research Area addresses problems of design, planning and appropriation of spaces in recent history. The focus is laid on the history of urbanisation, architecture and urban planning in the GDR, the significance of materiality in the historical transformation of the built environment, and cross-border cooperation in spatial development. more infos


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