Since EURAC itself is deeply rooted in a mountainous region, it can research mountain areas from a variety of aspects and - in so doing - make a commitment to their future.
How is it possible to live and work in the mountains and at the same time take the landscape into consideration? How can a sustainable development process be introduced and managed? These are questions facing scholars in the areas of economics, environment, and social sciences. Biologists, economists, economic geographers, and landscape planners study ecosystems, the climate, long-term aspects of ecology, the interaction between urban and rural spaces, agricultural and socioeconomic development, and the influence of tourism and mobility on the environment and society.
The mix of different competences and the interdisciplinary approach put the scientists in the position to draw an integrated picture of the changes in the Alps thus far and to make predictions about future developments with regard to, for instance, traffic flows, climate change, risks to nature, or migration to cities. They are consequently able to provide politicians and public administrations with the basis for decisions and recommendations for action for sustainable planning – not only within the Alps, but also for other mountainous regions throughout the world.