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Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung) (ARL)
Hosting Legal Entity
Leibniz Association
Vahrenwalder Straße 247, Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, Hannover, PO: 30179 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1946
Scientific Description
Founded in 1946, the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) – Leibniz-Forum for Spatial Sciences is a non-university forum and centre of competence for sustainable spatial development. The research focus is on spatial structures and developments, their causes and effects, and policy and planning options for their management. The work of the Academy is characterised by the holistic, integrative and future-oriented perspectives taken of complex, spatial-social challenges.The outstanding unique feature of the Academy is its inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation. Experts from both academia and practice in the fields of spatial science research, spatial development and spatial planning come together in a multidisciplinary network. Scientific and practice knowledge is thus pooled and new applied knowledge generated and transferred. This transdisciplinary research focuses on societal problems that require a holistic, inter-sectoral approach. The network of experts currently comprises 200 members of the Academy, 685 other contributing specialists and over 200 individuals active in the Young Professionals’ Forum.The results of its work are made available to scholars, politicians and public administration, as well as to the general public, through ARL publications and events.

RI Keywords
sustainable spatial development, Environment, Energy and environment, Spatial Sciences, Socio-economics, Spatial Research and Planning, Planning, Demographic and socio-economic transformation, Climate change
RI Category
Environmental Management Infrastructures
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Access to Events and Publications
Research cooperations

The ARL is not a research institute in the classic sense where staff work on research projects. The uniqueness of the Academy is rather drawn from close voluntary cooperation between researchers from the spatial and planning sciences and practitioners of spatial planning and development. Joint, cross-disciplinary cooperation in working groups and projects brings together the knowledge of experts from both academia and practice.

Date of last update: 21/08/2019
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