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Institute for Regional Studies CERS HAS - Pécs

The Institute of Regional Studies, CERS of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; was founded as a network of institutes in 1984 as the legal successor of the Transdanubian Research Institute founded in 1943. The CERS and the IRS have their headquarters in Pécs and four institutes with further four departments covering the entire territory of Hungary.

IRS employs economists, geographers, politologists, sociologists and lawyers whose researches are aimed at European and Hungarian regional development. 70% of researchers have PhD and DSC title, hold significant positions at universities and are internationally known. Centre for Regional Studies is an important actor of Hungarian and CEE regional science, has its own periodical, scientific society called Regional Science Association. The fellow workers of IRS lead Master and PhD schools and courses in regional development and policy. The researchers of IRS regularly provide scientific establishment for the local-regional and central decision making processes concerning development plans and regulation of regional policy. The several disciplines of IRS researchers’ allow the elaboration of complex interdisciplinary works. All researchers carry out basic researches in their fields, the results of which are also utilised in applied research done on external contracts. HAS Institute of Regional Studies conducted more than 150 national and international projects since 1990 among others several ESPON, INTERREG, IPA, 5th and 6th Framework Programmes, researches for the European Commission’s Directorate Generals. Acknowledging its scientific excellence IRS was awarded the right of the organisation of the annual international conference of Regional Science Association 2010.

Basic research activities:
The primary field of study of the Hungarian and international features of regionalism:

• regional economic development and urban and rural development: development of the territorial structure of the economy, the appearance of new organisation forms, the spread of innovations in space, correlations of the territorial factors and the economic structure, territorial analysis of financial and income processes, regional competitiveness
• survey of the urban structure and the spatial structure of the society: Modernisation of urban functions, spatial structure of the urban network, differentiation of rural settlements, demographical and sociological analyses;
• Hungarian regional policy and regional administration: Theoretical establishment of the further development of the structure of Hungarian regional administration, analysis of the regional development activities, establishment of the professional and effectiveness requirements becoming more and more important within the local governmental system (regional planning, financing, other means and institutions of the regional policy);
• regional policy in the European Union, international and interregional co-operations; new driving forces of regional development of the post-industrial Europe;
• environmental researches: survey of the breaking points leading out of the environmental crisis and examination of the requirements, objectives and tools of sustainable development.
• Lately increased attention is devoted to towns, urban networks and the issue of urban development, urban governance and the topic of city and its surrounding. The Institute of

Regional Studies was assigned by the Hungarian Government with the professional establishment of the Hungarian Settlement Network Development Concept, in the course of which we have utilised our experiences collected during our participation in the different ESPON Programmes.

Frequent publications:
• Space and Society, published every quarter year since 1987, periodical,
• Regional and Urban Studies (35 monographs have been published until currently),
• Regions of the Carpathian Basin – series of monographs (12 volumes published),
• Europe of Regions (3 volumes)
• Great Plain Studies (19 volumes),
• Discussion Papers, English language series (90 published).

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