Key Research Areas

Security politics and political violence

Our research focuses on issues of security and security politics: We address the question how and by whom security, insecurity and risks are defined, and whose security is considered to be relevant. We analyze security policies, institutions, technologies, and practices from the perspective of critical security studies, including feminist and postcolonial approaches. Additionally, we research the forms, characteristics, causes, processes, and effects of terrorism, extremism, radicalization as well as hybrid threats to Austrian, European and global security. We take different ideological orientations as well as individual, group, and state actors into account.

  • Security Regimes, anti-Terror and Security Policies
  • Extremism, Radicalization and Terrorism
  • Hybrid Threats
  • Security Technologies
  • Border Politics
  • Gender and security; Women, Peace, and Security

Europe and its neighborhood

Our research focuses on the relations between the EU and its immediate neighborhood: the Western Balkan states, Turkey, and the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. We examine the effects of the EU accession processes, the European Neighborhood Policy, and analyze the foreign policies of these countries towards the EU. We further investigate the societal and political dynamics within these countries with a focus on democratization processes, the factors which contribute to the rise of authoritarian and illiberal forces, the functioning of state and political institutions, as well as their impact on the foreign relations of the respective states.

  • EU accession processes
  • EU Neighborhood Policy / Euro-Med Relations
  • Autocratization, authoritarian Populism and the struggle for Democracy
  • State, Statehood and Governance
  • Transnationalism and Diaspora Policies

Regional Focus

We have a regional focus on the EU, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the MENA region, China and the Indo-Pacific. We additionally provide expertise on the role of the USA in the world and Euro-Atlantic relations.

We follow social, societal, and political trends and developments and collaborate with partner institutions, researchers, civil society actors, political actors, and media representatives in our focal regions. We are member to different research networks such as EuroMesco, the CATS network, BiEPAG, as well as a partner of the International Studies Association (ISA).