The research of the group focuses the conditions for regional development in Sweden; especially in the region of "Västra Götaland". The relations to the external environment is highlighted. The research is based on data of population, industries and public services related to specific places. These data are available in the database of GILDA (Geographical Individual Longitudal Database for Analysis) at the School of Business, Economics and Law, are used for analysis of the competitiveness of "Västra Götaland".
A predecessor was the ICT Research Group directed to studies of geographical prerequisites and impacts of the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Results of these studies (ICT -publications) are important as springboard for present approaches of surveys even if the field of subjects are broader and includes more activities (see members and research profiles, partnerships and networks, ongoing projects and publications).