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Institute for Regional Development


​Peripheral rural areas are getting empty: People find no employment opportunities there and move on. The average age of those who stay, increases continuously. Cultural landscapes are disappearing. By contrast, the most accessible, urban and suburban areas struggle with completely opposite problems. There, conflicting land use interests, traffic problems and housing shortages affect people's quality of life.

We are conducting research on ways to overcome these spatial and socio-economic challenges. In doing so, we pursue socially innovative, environmentally sound and economically viable approaches. The expertise of our interdisciplinary team is based on numerous insights gained in international analyses. We apply these in applied projects of regional development in South Tyrol and other mountain areas. For example, we examine the societal and environmental impacts of transalpine heavy goods vehicles traffic, opportunities for diversification and value creation in rural areas, as well as possible forms of coexistence between humans and wild animals.

Our team consists of experts from the economic, social, cultural, agricultural, natural, traffic, spatial and planning sciences and conducts research in three thematic areas:​​



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Tel. +39 0471 055 300
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Viale Druso, 1 / Drususallee 1
39100 Bolzano / Bozen - Italy
Tel: +39 0471 055 055
Fax: +39 0471 055 099
Email: info@eurac.edu
Partita IVA: 01659400210
Host of the Alpine Convention