The publisher of the journal Regional Development and Regional Policy is the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management of Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, Poland.
The Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management was established in 1984. It is an organisational unit of the AMU Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences. The Institute is engaged in teaching and research.
Its research activity focuses on the following topics:
1. Theory and methodology of geography and spatial management
2. Methods in spatial analysis; spatial modelling
3. Changes in the socio-economic structure of Poland, the Wielkopolska region and the Poznań agglomeration
4. Spatial consequences of the systemic transformation in Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe
5. Regional policy in Poland and the European Union: determinants, instruments, effects
6. Sustainable regional and local development
7. Socio-economic development in the conditions of globalisation and international integration
8. Building a knowledge-based economy in regions; regional innovation strategies
9. Foundations of physical planning at a regional and a local scale
10. Territorial-administrative structures and their reforms.
The Institute cooperates with many academic centres at home and abroad (e.g. in Amsterdam, Barnaul, Berlin, Bratislava, Dortmund, Irkutsk, Moscow, Kiel, Leipzig, Portsmouth, Tbilisi, Usti on the Elbe, and Vilnius). The Institute is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Regional Studies Association, European Regional Science Association, and Network of Spatial Studies and Planning Institutes in Central and Eastern Europe (spa-ce.net).
The Institute takes part in many research projects, both national and foreign, e.g.:
● CIRES - Cities Regrowing Smaller (under the COST programme);
● SIESTA - Spatial Indicators for a "Europe 2020 Strategy" Territorial Analysis (under the ESPON programme);
● CREA.RE - Creative Regions (in cooperation with the Poznań City Hall);
● EBEH - Visitors in the city structure - the city facing visitors (financed from the National Science Centre means);
● Socio-economic development and the pattern of growth and stagnation areas (financed from the National Science Centre means).
The staff and students also participate in the ERASMUS international exchange programme.
The Institute's didactic activity embraces lectures, classes and master's seminars for students of Spatial Management, Geography, Tourism and Recreation, Environmental Planning, Geoinformation, Management of Water and Mineral Resources, and European Studies.
Together with the Wrocław Polytechnic, the Institute was an initiator of a Spatial Management course of study and of adding it to the list of fields of study in Poland. The first Spatial Management students enrolled in the academic year 1991/1992, and the first graduates defended their master's theses in the year 1995/1996. The Institute is also the only unit in Poland to offer, as part of the Spatial Management syllabus, master's studies in the speciality Development and Renewal of Cities, Towns and Rural Areas, conducted in Collegium Polonicum at Słubice, as well as upper-level (master's) studies in the Regional Development speciality. As part of its teaching activity, the Institute has prepared and launched its own programme of post-diploma studies in Cultural Industries in the Policy of Urban and Regional Development, supported by means from the European Social Fund under the NCBiR project.
Prof. Paweł Churski
Deputy Director for Student Affairs
Prof. Eliza Kalbarczyk
Deputy Director for Administrative-Economic Affairs
Prof. Jan Hauke