The approach of IHS is based on the cross-fertilization of our main three activities: education, advisory services and applied research. IHS staff members spend a substantial amount of time working in the field, and they possess relevant expertise within the context of different countries they have worked in. IHS urban specialists can create strong links between theory and practice by simultaneously being involved in different core activities. 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 also reflected in the classroom, where course participants benefit from the lecturers' rich knowledge and professional background.
IHS education, advisory services and research all revolve around 3 main thematic areas: