Planning space is usually defined by political and administrative boundaries, although our living and economic space is shaped by functional contexts such as: catchment area, everyday travel, and spatial identity. When planning regional development, the region must always be redefined as the object of planning and communicated as such during the participation process. Further development of the region in partnership with local people is the goal of innovative regional development.

The Research Unit (formerly Centre) of Regional Planning and Regional Development deals with methods, the process design, implementation, and evaluation of regional spatial planning and regional development. Through dissertations, research projects, commissioned projects, final year projects and practical courses, we study, develop and accompany the implementation of spatial development processes and instruments that cut across municipal, provincial, and national borders. In this context, interdisciplinary collaboration with experts, universities, public authorities, and NGOs is regarded as an essential component and put into practice accordingly.


Site plan of the new office at Karlsgasse 13. From the entrance, a few steps lead to the mezzanine floor, from where a elevator takes you to the third floor. On the third floor, you will find the Research Unit of Regional Planning and Regional Development.

The Research Unit of Regional Planning and Regional Development has moved back to Wieden! From now on you can find us on the 3rd floor at Karlsgasse…