About IHS

IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an education, advisory and research institute of Erasmus University Rotterdam. For 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities.

Looking at cities from different perspectives, we educate urban professionals with diverse backgrounds, consult national and local governments from the Global South and engage in cutting-edge urban research. Bringing practical experience from real-life projects back to the classroom, we inspire collaboration and co-creation of urban knowledge. Together with our partners we work at the forefront of urban development to improve the wellbeing of people living in cities. IHS is about making cities work. 

Our network of alumni includes over 9000 active urban experts all over the world, ranging from architects, social scientists, economists, to public administration workers, civil servants, and government officials.