The University of La Laguna’s Regional Development Institute (IUDR) was founded in 1976 to study and research the problems related to the development of the Canary Island archipelago. It is therefore a public and interdisciplinary center that is devoted to scientific research and to providing technical advice in those areas of knowledge in which it specializes.
The primary objective of the IUDR is the development of scientific research, both theoretical and applied, so as to promote quality and international competitiveness in this field, particularly through its support of interdisciplinary research and specialized training in the areas of regional development. In short, the IUDR serves to enhance the development of excellence in research whose aim is to advance knowledge and technical innovation and to provide a higher quality of life for people.
So as to better serve these goals, the IUDR encourages scientific exchange and collaboration with other centers in Spain and abroad, thus contributing to the training of specialists in its fields of expertise.
Moreover, the IUDR fosters the dissemination of the scientific activities of its research personnel by facilitating the conditions for said activities to be conducted with the necessary rigor and by providing the proper means for their publication, promotion and distribution.
The IUDR operates thanks to the basic financing provided by the University of La Laguna. In addition, it also obtains funds to conduct its research activity from other public and private entities through academic research projects relevant to the Institute’s areas of study, as well as through agreements and contracts to engage in specific work that, due to its socio-economic importance, is of interest to both the Canaries and to Spain as a whole.