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About the ARL

We believe that numerous challenges such as climate change have spatial impacts and require global and cooperative approaches, for this purpose this virtual interactive knowledge and communication platform aims to raise the ARL’s international profile, providing access to the Academy’s work internationally and serves as an information, knowledge and exchange platform for spatial planning professionals.

The Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association

The ARL offers knowledge-based analysis and advice on current sustainable spatial development issues. Complex social challenges require integrative and thus interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. The specific working method of the ARL, which is transdisciplinary and network-based, allows for close collaboration and a wide-ranging exchange of ideas and knowledge between members of the academic community and planning practitioners.

The ARL’s network of eminent experts from science and practice carries out research and knowledge transfer activities within the Academy’s joint working bodies, thus offering important insights and findings for the future-oriented development of spatial structures and the political and planning measures necessary for shaping them.

For this reason, the ARL makes the results of its work available to all interested parties as well as to stakeholders in politics and public administrations on an ongoing basis. At the same time, the ARL’s knowledge transfer provides another benefit: the coproduction of knowledge expands specialist and sectoral perspectives, advances innovation and enlightens and enlightens the work of contributors from the academy and its network in their principal professional activities.

The ARL is an independent, non-partisan institution for the spatial sciences under public law and is based in Hanover. As a Leibniz institution, it is funded jointly by the Federal Government and the federal states due to its supraregional significance and its work in the interest of national science policy.

Latest News

Activities and Meetings in 2022

A first constitutive meeting took place in May 2022 in Berlin, Germany. The group has identified several key work areas, which are now being worked on in small groups.


ARL International Summer School 2022 - Public Online Events

The ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association in cooperation with Stockholm University is inviting applications for the ARL International Summer School 2022 on “Exploring Spatial Justice in times of disruptions”, which will take place from Wed. 24 August to Sat. 27 August 2022 in Stockholm. The summer school will be held in English.

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