Further and cross-cutting research

Corona pandemic research

As part of its research, the IOER deals with a wide range of questions of high relevance for coping with current and future pandemics. Fundamentally, it examines how cities and regions must change in order to permanently protect individual and collective health from global environmental risks and their negative consequences, and to use crisis situations effectively for sustainability transformations.

This includes approaches to initiate and control participatory adaptation and transformation processes (e.g. FutureCity, Heat-Resilient City, TransVer) or the development and evaluation of spatial plans and concepts (including density, landscape, circular economy) as well as a wide range of individual measures, among others. In the context of the pandemic, the accessibility and quality of ecological infrastructures and nature-based solutions (e.g. Bidelin), air quality (e.g. SAUBER), local-regional supply of resources (e.g. KartAL IV) and food (e.g. Edible Cities), as well as their synergies with each other play a central role. The institute also actively contributes to the Leibniz Research Alliance Crises in a Globalized World.

Communications on the IOER Corona pandemic research:

Urban greenery helps people endure the Corona pandemic – it will remain an essential resource even after the crisis

Home office and quarantine indoors - How can we withstand the summer heat during the Corona pandemic?

COVID-19 and urban transformations: Challenges and opportunities (Online course 19 May 2020)





Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram
Phone +49 351 4679 210 (Office)