Our Mission

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development is an establishment of the Leibniz Association for research in the spatial sciences focussing on ecological aspects of sustainable development. Our concern is the scientific basis for the sustainable development of cities and regions in the national and international context.

We investigate causal relationships between the natural environment and society and the options available to society for influencing them. Particular attention is paid to the global and regional challenges of urban and regional development, for example those posed by climate change and demographic change.

We are interested is how cities and regions can be developed with reasonable effort to offer the population the greatest possible quality of environment and life and to provide nature with far-ranging possibilities to develop that are resource-efficient and offer adequate safeguards against environmental risks.  

On the basis of our findings we advise government and society. Our research enables us to provide knowledge about changes in spatial structures, their effects and the possibilities available to society to take action to influence them from the point of view of an ecologically oriented spatial science.
Our endeavour is to contribute through innovative research and advice to the compatibility of human action and the development of the natural environment in order to ensure the sustainable basis of life and enable  sustainable spatial development.

We adopt an interdisciplinary approach in our work. Issues are tackled across all planning levels and on all scales. We demand scientific excellence and societal relevance in our work, and that it should be of national and international import.

We seek to arouse the enthusiasm of young researchers for societally relevant topics in spatial and environmental development and to provide them with the necessary theoretical, methodological, and practical research skills, as well as an understanding for the requirements of practice. We integrate them into interdisciplinary research teams and offer them structured support.