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Conflict – Peace – Democracy Cluster

The Conflict, Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) was initiated by the law faculty at the Karl Franzens University of Graz at the beginning of 2016. The CPD-Cluster cooperates closely with external institutions such as the Democracy Center in Vienna, the Institute for Conflict Resolution and the Austrian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Graz.

The purpose of the CPDC is to bundle complementary competencies and resources within the field of Conflict, Peace, and Democracy. The Cluster pursues the goal to contribute to a peaceful, nonviolent and non-discriminatory social progress. In this context, it aims at increasing its visibility within the political and social landscapes within and beyond Austria.

Defined by its international approach, the Cluster affords a platform to connect research, teaching, training as well as the practical implementation of research projects that focus on regions and topics with relevance to Austria and the EU. Furthermore, the partners cooperate in the competition for national and international research funding and to promote further academic training.

Steering Group

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joseph Marko and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pirker (University of Graz)
  • Mag. Gertraud Diendorfer (Democracy Center Vienna)
  • Dr. Birgitt Haller (Institute of Conflict Research)
  • Mag. Gudrun Kramer (Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution)

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