The IKF has the legal status of a non-profit association. It is headed by its director and has about 8 employees (the number depends on project activities). Approximately 90 per cent of the budget comes from research projects which are mainly funded by ministries, provincial authorities, public foundations and by EU/EC programmes. The rest is financed by public institutions, mainly the Ministry of Science and Research. Depending on the projects' issues it cooperates with international as well as domestic partners. Since the IKF is one of the founders of the new Conflict-Peace-and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) its main partners are: the Democracy Center Vienna, the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution - ASPR (which is an ALF-member) and the Center for Peace Research and Peace Pedagogics at the University of Klagenfurt.
The objectives of the Institute are to conduct research into political and social conflicts at an interdisciplinary level and to generate possible solutions designed to provide advice for political decision-making. These activities are underpinned by basic research.
The Institute's focus encompasses the following fields:
(1) Research on democracy: research on development of democracy in liberal political (sub-) systems, research on development of democracy in the European Union. (2) Cleavages in politics and society: gender research, migration/integration research, secularisation research. (3) Security research: security and the rule of law, security and the welfare states, violence research. (4) Research on prejudice: research on anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism and misogyny research and/or training programmes in the field of citizenship education. (5) Historical social research: women and Nazi persecution (in particular in Ravensbrück and Mauthausen), oral history and remembrance policy. Information about the research projects are available on the IKF-website www.ikf.ac.at
Due to our experience in various research fields as well as because of our international and domestic contacts, including some of the Austrian ALF-members, we want to contribute to and foster the Austrian network.
We would like to enlarge our contacts and, moreover, we think that we might be able to contribute to many potential projects because of the variety of our research fields.