HAS Centre for Regional Studies

Research; Consulting; Teaching
Main indicators:
Total staff – 115 persons (70 researchers)
Total budget: 35 Million Euros
Publication Items: 400 per year
Books published: 10 per year
Number of strategic partners:  national: 15
     foreign: 10
Address: 7621 Pécs, Papnövelde u. 22. Hungary
Postal address: 7601 Pécs, PoBox: 199, Hungary
Management of CRS:
Director-General: Dr. Gyula Horváth
Deputy Director General: Dr. László Faragó

The Centre for Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; was founded as a network of institutes in 1984 as the legal successor of the Transdanubian Research Institute founded in 1943. The CRS has its headquarters in Pécs and four institutes with further four departments covering the entire territory of Hungary.
CRS employs economists, geographers, politologists, sociologists and lawyers whose researches are aimed at European and Hungarian regional development. 70% of researchers have PhD and DSC title, hold significant positions at universities and are internationally known. Centre for Regional Studies is an important actor of Hungarian and CEE regional science, has its own periodical, scientific society called Regional Science Association. The fellow workers of CRS lead Master and PhD schools and courses in regional development and policy. The researchers of CRS regularly provide scientific establishment for the local-regional and central decision making processes concerning development plans and regulation of regional policy. The several disciplines of CRS researchers’ allow the elaboration of complex interdisciplinary works. All researchers carry out basic researches in their fields, the results of which are also utilised in applied research done on external contracts. HAS Centre for Regional Studies conducted more than 150 national and international projects since 1990 among others several ESPON, INTERREG, 5th and 6th Framework Programmes, researches for the European Commission’s Directorate Generals. Acknowledging its scientific excellence CRS was awarded the right of the organisation of the annual international conference of Regional Science Association 2010.
Basic research activities:
The primary field of study of the Hungarian and international features of regionalism:
• regional economic development and urban and rural development: development of the territorial structure of the economy, the appearance of new organisation forms, the spread of innovations in space, correlations of the territorial factors and the economic structure, territorial analysis of financial and income processes, regional competitiveness
• survey of the urban structure and the spatial structure of the society: Modernisation of urban functions, spatial structure of the urban network, differentiation of rural settlements, demographical and sociological analyses;
• Hungarian regional policy and regional administration: Theoretical establishment of the further development of the structure of Hungarian regional administration, analysis of the regional development activities, establishment of the professional and effectiveness requirements becoming more and more important within the local governmental system (regional planning, financing, other means and institutions of the regional policy);
• regional policy in the European Union, international and interregional co-operations; new driving forces of regional development of the post-industrial Europe;
• environmental researches: survey of the breaking points leading out of the environmental crisis and examination of the requirements, objectives and tools of sustainable development.
• Lately increased attention is devoted to towns, urban networks and the issue of urban development, urban governance and the topic of city and its surrounding. The Centre for Regional Studies was assigned by the Hungarian Government with the professional establishment of the Hungarian Settlement Network Development Concept, in the course of which we have utilised our experiences collected during our participation in the different ESPON Programmes.
Frequent publications:
• Space and Society, published every quarter year since 1987, periodical,
• Regional and Urban Studies (35 monographs have been published until currently),
• Regions of the Carpathian Basin – series of monographs (8 volumes published),
• Europe of Regions (3 volumes)
• Great Plain Studies (19 volumes),
• Discussion Papers, English language series (63 published).