IÖR Overview

Brief Profile

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden is an establishment of the Leibniz Association for research in the spatial sciences focusing on ecological aspects of sustainable development. It was founded on 1 January 1992, is jointly funded by the federal and Saxony governments and is a research establishment with a staff of over 100.

Our Research

In accordance with its Leitbild, the Institute addresses the scientific basis for the sustainable development of cities and regions in the national and international context. Research concentrates on five main areas:

The 'Landscape Change and Management' research area analyses the changes in cities and regions. Open spaces and their ecosystem services are given special consideration, as are the strategies, tools, and forms of governance required in order to influence them.

The 'Resource Efficiency of Settlement Structures' research area investigates to what extent and with which approaches cities, buildings and infrastructure can be shaped and developed so as to use land and natural resources in the most sparing and environmentally friendly way.

The 'Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development' research area deals with the analysis and assessment of environmental risks caused by natural hazards and climate change as well as with the respective measures, strategies and tools required for taking the risks into account.

The 'Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space Development' research area develops methods for acquisition, monitoring, analysis and visualisation in order to better describe, understand and project the state and changes of land use and the building stock.

The 'Economic Aspects of Ecological Urban and Regional Development' research area deals with the economic analysis of goal conflicts, scarcity of resources and actions of economic agents as well as with cost-efficient management options for an ecologically and economically sustainable spatial development.

Of further importance are issues involving the adaptation of urban areas to demographic and socio-economic change as well as to environmental changes. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (IZS) in Görlitz is dedicated to these challenges of transition towards sustainability, energy efficiency and resilience. This Joint Urban Lab is supported and operated by the IOER and the Technische Universität Dresden.

Based on its research, the IOER advises political actors and society. Through this knowledge transfer, the insitute firmly anchors questions pertaining to ecological urban and regional development within the societal discourse.

Promotion of Young Scientists

The IOER places great value on the promotion of young researchers. Doctoral candidates receive structured funding, and postdocs from Germany and abroad have the opportunity to carry out independent research. Together with the Technische Universität Dresden we organise the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS). At this international graduate school we support work that focuses on sustainable and resilient urban and regional development. Furthermore, our researchers teach at universities in Germany and abroad.