The IDS KoBRa comprises four thematic fields:
- Sharing as a process of social transformation
- Planning processes in collaborations as a challenge for towns and municipalities
- Social change and its effect on the way we live our lives
- Energy collaborations
These thematic fields link to existing research strategies and activities at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and complement them at an interdisciplinary level. The IDS KoBRa runs projects that encompass each of these thematic fields and acquire other research funding. This allows research questions to be covered in greater depth.
Since the questions are complex, the research teams are interdisciplinary in composition, thus facilitating collaborative networks amongst the researchers and, at a transdisciplinary level, partners in industry. These activities are intended to facilitate the formation of collaborative networks at a local and regional level, as well as between research and industry partners.
The goal of the individual research ventures is to develop application-oriented tools and collaborative processes targeting the optimised use of resources and the creation of shared added value.