Research Unit III investigates the transformation of cities and regions and identifies factors affecting these processes. It also examines the central framing conditions for economic and fiscal development in multi-level systems.

The research unit focuses firstly on analysing the framing conditions and effects of socio-economic, ecological and political change in cities and regions as well as their embedding in multi-level governance structures. Secondly, the unit conducts regional economic analyses and works on the topic of public finance. The focus is on economic, fiscal and tax policy as well as city-states in multi-level systems. Consulting, moderation and evaluation projects are conducted in various applied fields.