Runtime: 01.01.2007-31.12.2010

Funding agency: EU-Framework Programme 6

Project coordination:

Scientific staff: Prof. Dr. F. Müller, Dipl.-Geoök. F. Kroll

Cooperation partner(s): Københavns Universitet / University of Copenhagen [KU], Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Copenhagen, Demark
Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ / Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research [UFZ], Department for Applied Landscape Ecology, Leipzig, Germany
Leibniz-zentrum für agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V. / Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research [ZALF], Department for Land use Systems and Landscape Ecology, Muncheberg, Germany
Alterra B.V., Green World Research [ALTERRA], Landscape centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA [IIASA], World Population Programme, Laxenburg, Austria
Austrian Research Centres GmbH [ARC], Systems research dicision – regional development department, Wien, Austria
Anvendt Kommunal Forskning / Institute for Local Government Studies [AKF], Environment and Energy, Copenhagen, Denmark
Suomen Ymparistokeskus / The Finnish Environment Institute [SYKE], Research Department, Programme for Enviromental Policy, , Helsinki, Finland
Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne [UP1], Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne / ERASME, Paris, France
Centre National du Macinisme Agricole, de Genie Rurale, des Eaux et des Foret / Agricultural and environmental engineering research centre [CEMAGREF], Cemagref groupements de Montpellier, Grenoble, Bordeaux, France
Zentrum für Europaeische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH / Centre for European Economic Research GmbH [ZEW], Department of Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management, Mannheim, Germany
Panepistimio Thessalias / University of Thessaly [UTh], Department of Planning and Regional Development,Volos, Greece
Városkutatás KFT / Metropolitan Research Institute LTD. [MRI], Budapest, Hungary
University College Dublin, National University of Ireland [UCD], School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, Dublin, Ireland
Commission of the European Communities – Directorate General Joint Research Centre [EC-DG JRC], Institute for Environment and Sustainability – Land Management Unit and Natural Hazards Unit, Ispra, Italy
Instytutu Geografii I Przestrennego Zagospodarowania Polskiej Akademii Nauk / Polish Academy of Sciences [IGiPZPAN], Stanilaw Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warszawa, Poland
Univerza V Ljubljana / University of Ljubljana [UL], Biotechnical faculty, Agronomy department, Centre for Agricultural Land Management and Agrohydrology & Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Bath [UBATH], Department of Economics and International Development, Bath, United Kingdom

The University of Manchester [UOM], Planning and Landscape, School of Environment and Development, Manchester, United Kingdom
Edinburgh College of Art [ECA], OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Scandinavian Branding A/S [SCANDING], Copenhagen, Denmark
Büro für urbane Projekte [BUP], Leipzig, Germany
Studio Mediterana, Projektiranje, Svetovanje in Investicije, D.O.O./ Studio Mediterana, architecture designing, advisory and investment inc., Izola, Slovenia
Munich Design International [MUDI], Irene Burkhardt Landschaftsarchitektur, München, Germany
RAL2005 Architects [RAL2005], Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Queen’s University Belfast [QUB], Agri Food and Land Use, School of Biological Sciences, Belfast, United Kingdom
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen [RuG], Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Department of Planning, Urban and Regional Studies Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands
Research Institute of Forestry Policy and Information, Chinese Academy of Forestry [RIFPI, CAF], Beijing, China
Alfred Peter Paysagiste [Atelier Alfred Peter], Strasbourg, France 

University of Edinburgh [UEDIN], Centre for the study of Environmental Change and Sustainability


Objectives: Plurel is a large research project funded within the 6th Research Framework Programme of the European Union. 31 partner organisations from 14 European countries and China participate in the project. It is led by the University of Copenhagen. The PLUREL project will develop the new strategies and planning and forecasting tools that are essential for developing sustainable rural-urban land use relationships. These strategies and tools, generic in nature, will support the analysis of urbanisation trends in the EU so that ways can be identified of both supporting this process and mitigating its negative impacts. In this way the PLUREL tools will help improve the quality of life of the population living in cities as well as in the peri-urban and rural surroundings. PLUREL will evaluate costs for the implementation of these strategies, and help stakeholders to better understand, plan and forecast the interactions between urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

Contact of this site's webmaster: webmaster (at)