Fields of activities:
|» Cultural Heritage |
» Other social sciences
» Urban studies
» Public administration
|» Media and socio-cultural communication |
» Information sciences
» Architecture and design
» Computational Social Sciences (incl. Social biomedical sciences)
» Transport planning
Brief description of your activity focus
IRMiR is an expert research institution. Our focus: urban studies, spatial policy, regional planning and local development.
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
The Institutes activities are aimed at acquiring practical and theoretical knowledge and its dissemination to
make cities and regions develop in a sustainable way, creating friendly environment for people and ecosystems
now and in the future. Thanks to the broad formula of cooperation with various research centres and entities
and by maintaining the inter- and transdisciplinary nature of conducted research, as well as undertaking projects
that meet specific social needs (such as the City Observatory), the Institute has achieved the status of an
opinion-forming, well recognised expert institution in Poland.
Contemporary urbanization processes are extremely dynamic throughout Europe and the world. Urban spaces
arise, grow and change, their transformation takes many forms and is increasingly discontinuous and diverse,
requires understanding of many social, economic and cultural phenomena embedded in many international
contexts. In our research, we try to use modern quantitative and qualitative methods that are best suited to
current, complex problems, designing and confronting the results with the perspective of practitioners, decision
makers and social stakeholders. That is how we build our reputation by gaining important information on
sustainable transformation and design of urban spaces.
We can offer our experience and knowledge in recognising local and regional environment, which leads to better
understanding of societal change reflected for instance in spatial disparities, income inequalities, labour
churning and employment flows. We are well trained to work with big data bases, we know how to use various
research methods (statistical like spatial econometrics, panel data analysis and many others like content or
network analysis). Our recent research activities include city sprawl and shrinking processes, internal and
external migrations, revitalisation, climate adaptation and public participation. Achieving the research goals
intended for these projects would be impossible without a creative, multidisciplinary approach. This approach is
possible only thanks to constant research curiosity, high work culture, teamwork skills and maintaining high
quality standards, which we owe.
EU Framework Programme related activities:
» LC-GD-1-2-2020: Towards Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative Cities
» LC-GD-1-3-2020: Climate-resilient Innovation Packages for EU regions
» LC-GD-10-2-2020: Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
» LC-GD-10-3-2020: Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement
|Project Title||Inclusive Science and European Democracies|
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Urban Lab Network in V4 + – the innovation tool for smart cities (under the Visegrad + grant).
The project is realized with partners from Czech Republic (Charles University), Slovakia (GeoSupport s.r.o.), Hungary
(Geographical Institute of Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Ukraine (City Institute).
The main goal of the project is to create and develop a network of cities in Central and Eastern Europe where urban
labs already operate or where there is an interest in creating them and joining the Urban Lab Network. Urban Lab is
practical instrument which appeared at a certain stage in the evolution of the smart city idea, and it is widely
understood as a city laboratory for practical testing and implementation of the SMART concept.
The specific objectives of the project are also:
– cooperation of cities and exchange of experience in order to improve the quality of life of the V4 + countries
– promotion of solutions within the Smart City 3.0 concept using the urban lab tool,
– inclusion of municipal authorities and other involved entities in the current discussion on modern solutions in the
field of smart city.