The approach of IHS is based on the cross-fertilization of our main three activities: education, advisory services and applied research. By being involved in different core activities at the same time, IHS urban specialists are able to create strong links between theory and practice. IHS staff members spend a substantial amount of time working in the field and they possess applicable expertise within the context of different countries they have worked in. This way, they provide support, training and services that are relevant for course participants and clients. Inputs drawn from the advisory and research activities are reflected also in the classroom, where course participants benefit from the rich knowledge and professional background of the lecturers.
IHS education, advisory services and research all revolve around 3 main thematic areas: