Faculty members affiliated with the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (IURS) engage extensively in international research and policy collaborations and have rich experience in comparative research of urban dynamics, planning tools and procedures, urban governance reforms and tools of local development.
Several applied research projects have been particularly identified with the IURS, such as a collaborative research on Estimating the Social and Economic Impacts of the New Industrial Zone of Qiryat Gat (including Intel's FAB18 plant) on the City and its Region (Arie Shachar, Eran Razin and Daniel Felsenstein with Yehuda Gradus and Shaul Krakover (BGU)), and Evaluation of District Outline Plans in Israel (Daniel Felsenstein, Eran Razin, Eran Feitelson, with Eli Stern (BGU)). The IURS was also engaged in several major domestic planning projects, particularly in the 1990s and early 2000s: The Metropolitan and District Plan of Tel Aviv and National Outline Plan No. 35.
In the years 1970 to 2005 the IURS published a series of publications, starting with The City in the Zionist Ideology (Erik Cohen, 1970). Since 2007, most research activity explicitly associated with the IURS has been conducted within the framework of Floersheimer Studies http://en.fips.huji.ac.il/. The Urban Clinic http://urbanclinic.huji.ac.il/?q=en/en provides since 2013 a framework for students, faculty, practitioners and community groups to work together on real-time urban policy and planning issues.