ZALF Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research Mission of ZALF is to deliver solutions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. As a contribution to overcoming global challenges such as climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation and resource scarcity, we develop and design crop systems, integrated in their landscape contexts, that combine food security with sustainability. ARL Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association The ARL offers knowledge-based analysis and advice on current sustainable spatial development issues. Complex social challenges require integrative and thus interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. The specific working method of the ARL, which is transdisciplinary and network-based, allows for close collaboration and a wide-ranging exchange of ideas and knowledge between members of the academic community and planning practitioners. ILS Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development The ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development conducts application-oriented basic research and investigates recent urbanisation processes in order to develop inter- and transdisciplinary findings for a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable transformation and design of urban spaces on different spatial scales - including international comparisons - in an active dialogue with practice, politics and society. IRS Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space IRS conducts research on the dynamic interrelation between social and spatial development of cities, towns and regions from a social science perspective. Processes of transformation and governance are of particular interest. IfL Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig is tasked with analysing social processes from geographical perspectives and visualising social change. As a member of the Leibniz Association and as the only non-university research institute for geography in Germany, the institute brings together basic research and knowledge transfer. iamo Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies
AMO analyzes economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia. IAMO works to enhance the understanding of institutional, structural and technological changes.
IÖR Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development The IOER is a non-university research centre and a member of the Leibniz Association. It investigates the sustainable development and transformation of cities and regions in the context of the global human-ecological crisis, focusing on the dynamic interactions between ecosystems and society at and across multiple spatial scales, as well as options for responsible stewardship.

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Spatial Science Research Data

Information portals, thematic maps and monitoring - the Leibniz R-Institutes and other spatial science institutions collect spatial data and prepare them for further use. An overview of the directly linked research data offer (in German) can be found below.
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Spatial Science Colloquium

Leibniz R regularly organises events such as the biennial “Spatial Science Colloquium“ to promote dialogue and exchange between science, politics and practice on current issues of spatial development. Regular meetings and workshops, other publicity events, offer to promote young scientists and the joint issuing of scientific publications are also on the network’s agenda. The last colloquium dealt with spatial development and the Corona virus and took place on May 11th, 2021. A review oft he event (in German) can be found below.
Review 2021 (German)

Current Projects

Here, we inform about current articles, policy papers and young researcher programms.

Leibniz R Journal

Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning is a forum for topics and debates relevant to the field of spatial sciences. The interdisciplinary journal addresses issues of spatial development and planning. It focuses on urban and regional planning, demographic and urban spatial change, landscape development, environmental planning, sustainable development, adaptation to climate change, mobility, economic geography, regional governance and planning theories. The journal is published Open Access („golden“ road to OA) by oekom.

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Network partners

The Leibniz research network Spatial Knowledge for Society and Environment – Leibniz R is one of ten research networks in the Leibniz Association. The network partners analyse social, ecological and economic processes and interrelations in the spatial context.

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