Institute

Founded in 1996 with the mandate to address a gap in interdisciplinary conflict and violence research, today, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG) constitutes one of the leading German academic institutes in the area. Situated at Bielefeld University, IKG provides an overarching structure for interdisciplinary theory development and empirical research on politically and socially relevant phenomena of conflict and violence and their implications for social cohesion, participation, democracy and peace. IKG situates its research in a continuous dialogue between research and civil society and considers contributing to social and political discourses as one of its central responsibilities. Accordingly, IKG hosts research projects on conflict and violence and has a wide network of academic and non-academic partner institutions as well as research teams at the local, national and global level.
Some of the Institute’s signature research and publications include, for example, the reports on group-focused enmity, its studies on right-wing extremism, (de)radicalization and its works on cultures of violence and sports, to name but a few.
In regard to its structural set-up, IKG cuts across, and closely collaborates with, the faculties of educational sciences, sociology, history, law and psychology at Bielefeld University. Conceptionally, staff at IKG work in an interdisciplinary and internationalized setting in conjunction with experts from the disciplines mentioned above as well as other relevant areas of humanities and social science. With a small, core-funded structure of directorate, management and strategic consultants, most of the Institute’s research is conducted through third-party-funded projects and project staff (EUR 1.2 million in 2015) that is organized in four research clusters:

  • Radicalization/De-radicalization
  • Discrimination/Equivalency
  • Integration/Marginalization
  • Migration, Space and Social Change
Interdisciplinarity, theory development and the qualitative and/or quantitative empirical foundation of conflict and violence research are an integral part of IKG’s research paradigm. Key to IKG´s success is its work and research culture with low hierarchies and an inclusive structure, providing a vibrant framework for the ongoing development of IKG’s research clusters and their project portfolios. As a part of it, IKG supports individual qualification projects, post-doc staff, short-term fellows and international guest researchers.