How ILS research is organised

Responsibility for the Institute’s activities, within the sense of German commercial law, is divided between research and commercial management units:

Managing Director of Research

The Managing Director of Research organises the Institute’s work in substantive terms on the basis of the criteria of scientific excellence.

Commercial Managing Director

The Commercial Managing Director is responsible for the Institute’s administrative affairs.

The Commercial Department and Services encompasses organisation, contract management, Human Resources, internal and external accounting, IT, procurement, general administration and the ILS library.

Research coordination

The research coordination unit is mainly responsible for research planning and quality assurance in close consultation to the management board.

Transfer and Transformation

The unit Transfer and Transformation includes the areas of knowledge transfer and the coordination of transformative research at the ILS. It prepares current research results and communicates them to various target groups.

Knowledge transfer on the basis of our transfer strategy covers press and public relations with all print products, events, our website and social media. With new transdisciplinary research formats, we enter into a close exchange with the practice for the transformation and solution of social problems. The department also includes design/layout and printing.


ILS research is organised in three interdisciplinary research groups and the Geoinformation and Monitoring unit. With the areas closely interlinked, ILS researchers are not permanently assigned to individual areas but instead to the defined research themes. In addition, regular research conferences take place, promoting interchange between the areas.

Geoinformation and Monitoring

The „Geoinformation and Monitoring“ unit provides services for all research groups. These services are crucial to the research work carried out by the Institute’s geo-data processing facilities, under which all data of relevance to the Institute’s research groups are processed and formatted. Its cartography facilities are used for producing high-quality visual material (maps, diagrams, etc.) for research projects, publications and presentations, and also digital media. The objective of ILS „Geoinformation and Monitoring“ is to develop and implement concepts for observing small-scale phenomena and processes in an urban context.

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Studie und Interview veröffentlicht

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Siedentop, Stefan; Stroms, Peter (2021): Stadt und Land: gleichwertig, polarisiert, vielfältig. Eine Metastudie zu Stadt-Land-Beziehungen im Auftrag der ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hrsg.). Hamburg. Weitere aktuelle Fachpublikationen finden Sie hier.


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