"Dedicated research and active consulting for sustainable development"

The institute

The Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS) was founded as early as 1956 by Prof Dr Hermann Priebe. Since then it has been addressing agricultural  policy issues as well as the development of agriculture and rural regions in Germany and Europe. The IfLS is an independent research institute at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main; it is carried by a non-profit association.

Our fields of work

| Sustainable development and multifunctionality of rural areas
Global change: land use – environment – climate change
| Climate protection and renewable energy
| Demographic change in rural areas
| Urban-rural interrelationships
Evaluation of rural development policy measures
Consulting regarding the advancement of agricultural policy instruments
Sustainable economic management
| Nature conservation-oriented regional development
Elaboration of integrated rural and regional development concepts
| Marketing of regional products
| Consulting provided to local action groups and regional management teams
| Organisational development and business strategies
| Coaching in the field of regional und marketing management

Our working approach

Our ability to holistically recognise, evaluate and interlink contexts is characteristic of our working approach.

Cross-project work, e.g. by using the results of our own research and evaluation work.

Holistic coverage, e.g. of ecological, economic and social dimensions. Accordingly, we are involved in numerous interdisciplinary projects.

Strong practical orientation, e.g. in locally, regionally and enterprise-oriented projects as well as in policy studies at the EU, German federal and Laender government level.

Strong commitment and involvement, e.g. in international research networks, in which joint projects are worked on co-operatively.

Special focus of interest, e.g. concerning questions related to European integration and global change, which is documented by our numerous international contacts, by hosting international symposia as well as by a multitude of transnational studies.

Our clients

| European Commission
| European Environment Agency (EEA)
| German ministries as well as subordinated authorities
| Municipalities
| Administrative bodies of nature conservation areas
| Associations
| Foundations
| Business companies