Network Peace and Conflict Research in Austria
Since its foundation, the ASPR has acted as an interface for peace research.
In 2015 the Center for Peace Research and Peace Education (ZFF) of the University of Klagenfurt conducted a survey among experts on the situation of peace research in Austria. It revealed a lack of a networked, institutionalized and organized peace and conflict research. This was the impetus that led to the establishment of the "Network for Peace and Conflict Research and research-based Peace Work in Austria" (NeFKÖ) in July 2016 as a loose association of institutions and individuals involved in peace and conflict research and peace work in Austria.
It is an open and pluralistic network in disciplinary, theoretical, philosophical and practical respects, to which academic researchers and peace practitioners working on the basis of science belong to. The aims of the network are to strengthen peace and conflict research, to make its effects visible, to promote cooperation and to use synergies. Furthermore, the network is an exchange platform between research and practice, disciplines, and generations.
In the meantime, NeFKÖ has developed into a permanent format that has significantly improved networking within peace and conflict research in Austria.