Human geography in the form of urban and regional research

At the University of Basel, the Human Geography/Urban and Regional Research group focuses on (1) urban and social geography, (2) regional development, and (3) development cooperation. It examines urban and regional developments in local, regional, and international contexts, studying topics such as changes in population, jobs, and quality of life, as well as structural sociodemographic and regional change, issues of sustainable urban development, the reinforcement of competitiveness, location studies, and location assessments. In selected developing countries, research is carried out into issues of poverty reduction as well as sustainable economic and regional development in new growth regions around the world.

In terms of methodology, there is a focus on empirical regional and social research (household, consumer, and company surveys) as well as regional statistical analyses of socioeconomic and demographic structures and processes and their documentation using geographic information systems (GIS). Information and guidance are drawn up to provide a basis for planning policy and for use by public administrative bodies (location and regional marketing, promotion of economic development, spatial planning, statistics and information services), private-sector companies (market structure studies, identification of market catchment and supply areas), and nongovernmental organizations (build-up of endogenous potential and local capacities). Furthermore, numerous projects are carried out in collaboration with potential end users, such as cantonal offices, and link up directly with the labor market and industry.


How to find us

Arriving by train:

Basel has two train stations. Basel SBB (trains from Switzerland, France and international trains) or Basel Badischer Bahnhof (trains from Germany). The bus no. 30 interconnects both stations.

Take the bus no. 30 from Basel SBB or Basel Badischer Bahnhof and exit at the bus stop "Bernouillanum". The building Klingelbergstrasse 27 is just a few steps away from that bus stop.

Arriving by plane:

If you arrive at the airport EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse take the bus no. 50 to the Bahnhof SBB and afterwards take the bus no. 30 and get out at the bus stop "Bernouillanum".

If you arrrive at the airport in Zurich you will have to first take a train to Basel (a journey of about 1 hour) and afterwards follow the instructions as described above (arriving by train).

Opening hours for students (please always contact yvonne.gilgen@unibas.ch first)

[Translate to English:] Humangeographie

Secretariat Yvonne Gilgen
Human Geography / Urban and Regional Studies
University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 27
4056 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 36 44