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ARL – 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 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.