In its recommendations on the further development of peace and conflict research, the Council of Science and Humanities stated that a temporary federal funding programme should significantly strengthen supraregional cooperation in peace and conflict research in Germany. Although the interdisciplinary field of research is very well positioned overall and earlier controversies between security policy research and peace and conflict research have largely been overcome, "better networking within the field of research and with related disciplines would allow the great potential in research and policy advice to be exploited even more effectively and international visibility to be further increased".
The funding should enable the institutions to develop and pursue joint strategies across locations, to intensify interdisciplinary research, to make existing competencies and contacts more visible, and to gain an overview of research data. The Council of Science and Humanities also sees responsibility in the states and calls on them to further strengthen regional cooperation in peace and conflict research through complementary programmes.
In order to further develop research funding, the Council of Science and Humanities recommends that the federal and state ministries increase the duration and funding volume of their research projects and peace and conflict research projects. This should strengthen the link between applied and basic research, which is equally important and profitable for science, politics and civil society.
"We consider the recommendations of the Science Council to be correct and important," says Nicole Deitelhoff, Managing Director of HSFK, "In addition to better networking, the recommended increased investment in scientific and technical peace research, e.g. in the area of cyber security, is also indispensable in order to develop strategies for dealing with new technologies," Deitelhoff continues.
The background to the Science Council's recommendations on the further development of peace and conflict research was a comprehensive evaluation of the research field initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the request of the German Bundestag. This evaluation covered both university research and teaching as well as non-university research and the role of the German Research Foundation (DSF).
Press release "Wissenschaftsrat calls for further strengthening of peace and conflict research", 15 July 2019 (in German)
Recommendations for the Further Development of Peace and Conflict Research, July 2019 (PDF in German, 1MB)
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