The Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, established in 1984, is an organisational unit of the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. It is engaged in research and teaching. Its didactic activity embraces lectures, classes and master’s seminars for students of Spatial Management, Geography, Tourism and Recreation, Environmental Planning and Protection, Geoinformation, as well as Management of Water and Mineral Resources.

As part of the Spatial Management speciality, the Institute offers master’s studies in the following fields:

  • Physical Planning,
  • Development and Renewal of Cities, Towns and Degraded Areas,
  • Regional Development,
  • Spatial Management, and
  • Protection of European Cultural Assets (implemented together with the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt on the Oder).

Since 2013 the Institute has also offered a post-diploma course of study in Cultural Industries in the Policy of Urban and Regional Development, an ESF-funded project in the framework of the Operational Programme of Human Capital.

The Institute has a staff of 64, including 12 professors and 33 doctors representing a variety of specialities. They are supervisors of 17 doctoral students on scholarships.

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), the Regional Studies Association, and the Network of Institutes of Spatial Research and Planning in Central and Eastern Europe (

The Institute takes part in many research projects conducted at home and abroad, e.g.:

  • CIRES – Cities Regrowing Smaller (in the framework of the COST programme),
  • SIESTA – Spatial Indicators for a „Europe 2020 Strategy” Territorial Analysis (in the framework of the ESPON programme),
  • EBEH – Visitors in the Structure of a City – a City Faced with Visitors (funded by the National Science Centre), and
  • Socio-Economic Development and the Formation of Growth and Stagnation Areas (funded by the National Science Centre).

The research staff and students also participate in the ERASMUS international exchange programme.


  1. Methods in regional and local analysis
  2. Socio-economic development and the formation of areas of economic growth and stagnation
  3. Processes of socio-economic convergence and the modelling of spatial structures and processes
  4. Changes in the socio-economic structures of Poland and Europe in the conditions of globalisation and international integration
  5. Changes in the spatial structures of agriculture and rural areas in Wielkopolska, Poland, and European Union countries
  6. Planning, spatial management and sustainable development at a national, a regional, a local and a transborder level
  7. Present-day determinants, mechanisms and tendencies in urban and regional development
  8. Cities, metropolises and metropolitan areas in Poland and Europe: Spatial structures, functions, management and revitalisation
  9. Human spatial behaviour patterns in an urban environment