Institute for Regional Science, Environmental and Resource Economics

The Institute for Regional Research is a department of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences of Kiel University. It was founded in 1970 by Reimut Jochimsen and was lead by Karin Peschel for many years. Johannes Bröcker headed the institute from 2000 to 2015. Since 2016, Katrin Rehdanz has been the director of the institute.

Chair of Environmental and Energy Economics of Katrin Rehdanz at the Department of Economics

The institute’s research deals with spatial economic development on a European, national and regional scale. Recently, a focus is on spatial impacts of infrastructure, in the spirit of the founder Reimut Jochimsen. Following the tradition pioneered by Karin Peschel the research is based on modern mathematical methods. The research is externally financed, among others by the Framework Programmes of the EU, the German Employment Agency and Directorates of the EU commission. The director of the institute acts as advisor for the State and the EU commission.

Members of the institute are teaching in Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. Programmes of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences introductory economics, microeconomics, spatial economics, growth theory and applied equilibrium modelling. In addition, the institute offers a special Programme in Regional Science that students in economics, business and geography can choose as a part of their respective programmes. The programme covers spatial economics, methods of empirical regional science and software training.