Institute of Urban Development is a scientific and research institute. The Institute’s personnel is composed of 64 persons constituting an interdisciplinary team of research and technical staff representing the following areas: urban planning, spatial planning, architecture, geography, law, economy, political science, biology, civil engineering, hydro-engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanics, electrical engineering, land reclamation, chemistry, transportation, computer science, organisation and management, geology and forestry.
The Institute employs five Professors, twelve holders of Ph.D. The IRM team also includes experts and specialists holding authorisations of professional institutions and organisations. The Institute is member of international consortia participating in research projects of the European Union, and its intention is to increase its involvement in research projects supported by the EU, the UN and other organizations. The Institute has worked out self-developed and tested methods and techniques for resolution of specific problems. As a research and development unit carries out both: constant research and pilot projects and works on continuous quality improvement.
The Institute experience comprise works on: spatial planning, municipal economy, environmental assessment, communication, rehabilitation, strategy and housing policy at national, regional and local levels, social and economical problems of housing, management of housing resources, building market and real estate market.
The main goal of the Institute is to lead researches and to transfer their results into practice, so to:
- support the central local governments in the realization of the state policy in the field of spatial and housing management
- elaborate and opinion on standards of spatial management,
- research on socio-economical and spatial processes of urban development
- research on conditions and definition of urban and urbanizing space sustainable development principles
- assess the employed methods, regulation policies, instruments of urban development
- elaborate methodical, legal, organisational, planning, financial and other, conditions of urban development.
The results of research works are used by the Polish Ministry of Construction and other government agencies, Parliament committees and regional and local governments. The results of current operations are published in own publications and regular scientific and professional journals.
The Institute achievement includes for example the works carried out by the IGPiK O/Kraków and IGM as part of aid offered to municipalities (Phare Fund, British Know-How Fund, USAID). Other projects were conducted jointly with the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) and the University of Lille and as part of the European Union programmes.
The Institute and the members of the staff are involved in cooperation with several associations and research networks such as IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning), ENHR (European Network for Housing Research), ENTP (European New Towns Platform) and METREX (Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas).