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Research at the ACP

The ACP contributes to the dialogue on current peace policy issues through research, conferences and publications.

Current research at the ACP focuses on three pillars:

  • Transition and peace processes in an international "political marketplaceā€
  • Perspectives for peacebuilding between normative and pragmatic requirements
  • Hybridity and complexity

Research results on these topics are regularly published in international, peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, the ACP publishes the ACP Report and ACP Policy Brief series. The Research Department is responsible for the ACP Vienna Lectures and organizes the annual "State of Peacebuilding" (StoP) Conference, which serves as a meeting point for renowned international scholars. Furthermore, scientific expertise is contributed to the annual Summer Academy.

Researchers at the ACP are involved in teaching and supervision at the Universities of Vienna and Graz. They are regularly active at international conferences and workshops and contribute with their expertise to the practical design of peace processes. Knowledge from research and practice is also the basis for political consulting. The ACP coordinates the so-called 3C Process, a dialogue forum for Austrian governmental and non-governmental actors active in crisis management.

Further Information

Research Agenda 


Peace appeals to the hearts; studies to the brain. Both are needed, indeed indispensable. But equally indispensable is a valid link between brain and heart. And that, in a nutshell, is what peace studies and peace practice are all about.

Johan Galtung