The CPD Policy Blog is a project of the Austrian Conflict, Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) and is supported by the University of Graz, Institut für Konfliktforschung (IKF), Demokratiezentrum Wien, ASPR as well as Shabka.

United by the perspective of increasing the effectiveness and sustainability of political measures, the project partners find their institutional grouping in the CPD Policy Blog. The blog also helps the specific research focus of the CPD cluster to be more effective.

The Institute of Legal Foundations combines legal research in five disciplines: legal history and European legal development – Roman law – the philosophy of law, sociology of law, negotiation and mediation research – law and IT – and the comparison of political and legal systems. This, on the one hand, leads the existing teaching and research within the five disciplinary focal points. These include gender, global justice and transnational constitutionalism, democracy, peace and conflict research, teaching methodologies, information and communication technology, legal development, legal traditions and legal history, and ADR & mediation.

Point of Contact: MMag. Dr. Maximilian Lakitsch MA

Shabka was founded in Vienna in 2013 and is an inclusive network that serves as a mouthpiece for a critical public and space for political and social discussion. Through long-term projects such as the "Salon" and the "Journal," Shabka aims to foster the development of critical-thinking capabilities that make it possible to think outside the box, formulate questions and think in alternatives. In individual projects Shabka combines critical awareness, dialogue and networking, and addresses key topics that include peace and conflict research, security policy, regional research, global learning, social justice and global inequality.

Directors: Lukas Wank & Jürgen Neuhuber

At the Institut für Konfliktforschung IKF in Vienna, which has existed since 1976, the focus is on research into political and social conflicts. Central topics include democratic research, cleavages in politics and society, security research and historical social research. The IKF develops solutions designed to provide advice for political decision-making, these activities are underpinned by basic research.

Director: Birgitt Haller

The Demokratiezentrum Wien, which has existed since 2000, represents the CPD Cluster’s important component of democratic research and democracy. Its central themes as a research institute and virtual knowledge center are current and historical democratization processes, (e-)participation and political education, the media and information society, including digitalization and visual communication as well as views of history and migration.

Director: Mag.a Gertraud Diendorfer

The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), based at Schlaining Castle, has been focusing on peacekeeping, conflict management and conflict resolution since 1982. Its activities comprise peace and conflict research, peace mediation and conflict transformation, a training centre for civilian peacebuilders and peace education courses. The ASPR earned the UN’s "Peace Messenger" status in 1987 and the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1995.

Director: Mag.a Gudrun Kramer