Institute of Geography at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (IfG)

The Institute of Geography at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is one of the most important geographical institutes in the German-speaking world. The research activities of the Department of Economic Geography cover four interrelated topics: urban economies and neighbourhood development, knowledge-based urban and regional development, global business interconnections and regional development dynamics as well as geographic real estate market research.

The institute’s research is carried out along three lines: first, the »empirical analysis«, which includes the application of both quantitative and qualitative social-empirical methods for the collection and description of relevant facts from a spatial perspective. Secondly, the »theoretical-conceptual development«, which leads to a continuous development of concepts and theories. Thirdly, the »derivation of recommendations for action« which provides for the identification of good and best practices, as well as the preparation of action guides for policy makers and business decision-makers.

The beginnings of geography at the University of Jena date back to the 18th century. The current institute with its research profiles was newly established between 1992 and 1995 as a full institute. With seven professorships the entire range of geography is represented. Currently about 800 students are enrolled at the Institute of Geography.


Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)
Institute of Geography at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (IfG)

Löbdergraben 32, 07743 Jena

Contact Person
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Henn
Phone +49 341 26303234