Organisational Structure

The stated institutions of the IRS include the General Assembly, the Board of Trustees, the Management Board as well as 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.

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The Board of Trustees decides in all principal issues of the institute. It provides guiding lines for the institute's work and supervises the Management Board. more infos

The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the IRS. It decided about changes of the statutes and the liquidation of the institute, approves the annual accounts and exonerates the Management Board. more infos

The Scientific Advisory Board gives counsel to the Management Board and the Board of Trustees. It developes recommendations for the IRS' research fields and the work programmes. more infos

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

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

Ombudsman, Equal of Opportunities, Compliance, Data Security more infos

Elected representatives of the interests of the employees. more infos

The office supports the director and the researchers in strategic issues and matters of communication that arise in connection to excellent research. more infos

Research Departments

The research department focuses on the complex interplay between economic activities and learning, on the one hand, and spatial and institutional structures on the other. The department dedicates much of its research to analysing the significance and impact of knowledge and how creative processes are organised. more infos

The research focuses on institutional arrangements and forms of governance for collectively used goods (public goods) against the background of the interplay between centralised decision-making in a multilevel state system, on the one hand, and decentralised action on the other. Thematically, the focus is on the production, distribution and use of energy as well as on cultural landscapes. more infos

The department focuses on communication and knowledge processes in spatial transformations. It examines how communication facilitates the emergence and dissemination of new spatial knowledge, social processes and material configurations of space. The department studies transformations in structurally weak areas as well as processes through which cities and regions adapt to climate change. more infos

The department studies processes of urban regeneration and considers these crucial for analysing urban transformations. The research centres on planning practices that address socio-spatial inequalities and fragmentations within and between cities in the context of increasingly global challanges such as migration. more infos

The Department for Historical Research explores urbanisation paths and planning cultures of the 20th century with a particular focus on contemporary history after 1945. Besides urban and regional planning, it examines the actions of public administrations and the long-term plans underlying them, as well as interventions and appropriations of space by civil society actors. more infos