The Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning at University of Stuttgart stands for a research and teaching agenda that aims to enhance the sustainability and resilience in spatial and infrastructure development. A focus is on international comparative studies that deal with selected questions of environmental change, spatial development and planning systems. Against this background they develop in cooperation with national and international expert networks strategies that are designed to address new challenges and risks of environmental and social transformation processes in a timely manner. The Head of the Institute, Prof. Jörn Birkmann, has written more than 100 scientific publications and five edited books. He has made important contributions to international scientific reports, such as the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.