Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Regional Studies / Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, Regionális Kutatások Központja
The Centre for Regional Studies (CRS) is an institute of multi-disciplinary research focusing on regional, urban and rural issues. It was founded in 1983 and operates as a network, employing 65 researchers (dominantly, social scientists) at 4 institutes. The network is geographically dispersed that largely supports the socio-spatial embeddedness of the institute’s academic and planning activities.
The CRS is a basis for the academic and applied research on socio-spatial processes, for planning spatial development in Hungary and East Central Europe, moreover, for the higher education of regional science and regional development (45 researchers are involved at 7 Hungarian universities), in co-operation with other research institutes and universities throughout Europe. The strategic research issues of the Centre for Regional Studies are as follows:
Academic, planning and consultancy activities of the CRS are focused onto a variety of geographical scales (local, regional, cross-border, transnational). Research results are disseminated through the CRS’ quarterly and annual journals, monographic series (English/Hungarian), a widespread international publication activity and through organising international conferences.
The CRS’s activities in SEMIGRA are focused on the transnational exchange of knowledge on the interrelations between imbalanced sex ratios in early adulthood and socioeconomic development of certain regions in Europe. The CRS is responsible for studying in Észak-Alföld − in strong co-operation with Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency (HU) − if and to which extent regions can benefit from gender-sensitive policy advice and to create knowledge about the specific needs and expectations of young women and young men in strategy building processes in this Hungarian region. Moreover, the CRS is the coordinator for the dissemination activities.