PIER Conflict and Coordination
Wars, climate change, pandemics, and increasing global economic tensions pose major global challenges to peace and security. PIER Conflict and Coordination addresses relevant research questions in these areas and brings together research into peace, security, violence, and conflict by both university and independent actors within the wider Hamburg research community. Interdisciplinary research is hugely important here: the expertise of actors in the fields of natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and law is combined to achieve comprehensive, differentiated research results.
The PIER Conflict and Coordination profile provides the overall framework for the various research activities conducted in Hamburg in the area where “coordination” and “conflict” intersect. Under the leadership of the Universität Hamburg, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the MPI for Comparative and International Private Law Hamburg, PIER Conflict and Coordination, together with the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research Hans-Bredow-Institut, tackle research questions dealing with subjects such as:
- conflicts, fragility, violence
- international peace and security orders
- democracy, social peace, and domestic security
- arms control
- IT security of interlinked systems, critical infrastructures.
Key ongoing collaborative profile initiatives are „Democratising Security in Turbulent Times“ (participation: UHH/IFSH/GIGA/Helmut Schmidt University) and „Gewalt-Zeiten. Temporalitäten von Gewaltunternehmungen“ (“Times of Violence. Temporalities of Violent Ventures”) (participation: UHH/Helmut Schmidt University/Institute for the History of German Jews), which are joint projects of the Landesforschungsförderung state funding body.
In times of crisis (or crises), many of the academics involved become sought-after discussion and interview contributors in the media as well as in public discussions on a range of themes, most recently in the context of the Ukraine war. In addition to the scholarly examination of these crises, several of the institutions involved also strive to keep politicians and the public informed about assessments and evaluations from an academic perspective by publishing policy papers and shorter statements (including IFSH and GIGA).
Deputy profile spokesperson
- Prof. Dr. Cord Jakobeit (UHH, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences)
- Prof. Dr. Ursula Schröder (IFSH)
- Dr. Christian von Soest (GIGA)
- Prof. Dr. Ralf Michaels (MPI-Privatrecht)
- Prof. Dr. Markus Kotzur (UHH, Faculty of Law)
- Prof. Dr. Hannes Federrath (UHH, MIN Faculty)