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Conversion studies for a more peaceful world

As an independent, non-profit organization, BICC (Internationales Konversionszentrum Bonn—Bonn International Center for Conversion) deals with a wide range of global topics in the field of peace and conflict research centering on Conversion Studies. Our vision is a more peaceful world. Our mission is to conduct critical, problem-oriented, policy relevant research in response to the problems posed by organized violence.

To do so, we engage in active exchanges with scholars and politicians as well as stakeholders in everyday practice and civil society. As a think tank, BICC seeks to engage in a dialogue with NGOs, governments, private organizations, research institutes and universities and well as with interested individuals.

Research themes

BICC examines the dynamics of organized violence at three levels:

Natural resources as well as Migration are intersecting research themes which show multiple inter-linkages with organized violence.

Our work

BICC’s work is based on a ‘knowledge circle’, which intends to bridge the gap between research and practice. We believe in mutual learning processes. With our applied research, being credible, relevant, and legitimate, we aim to have an impact on political and social processes. At the same time, our practical experiences and interactions with non-academics should open up avenues for further academic research

BICC’s portfolio includes:

Organization

BICC was founded as a non-profit limited company in 1994 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Shareholders are the States of NRW and Brandenburg. The Center is headed by a Director for Research and a Director for Administration. The governing bodies are the Supervisory Board, the Board of Trustees, and the International Board. The Center’s concept of Conversion Studies focuses on applied research and frames the institute’s activities for the next five years.

The Center is subject to the Public Corporate Governance Code of the state of NRW, understood as the measure of good and responsible management and control. The Code aims at making a company’s decisions with regard to management and control transparent and comprehensible (see “Corporate Governance Bericht 2015”).

BICC is a founding member of the Johannes-Rau-Research Community, an umbrella organisation for 15 independent non-university research institutes with more than 1,000 employees in North Rhine-Westphalia, established in 2014. The Community is dedicated to conducting holistic research and advisory activities with regard to issues that a society that is becoming increasingly more complex will have to face in the future. It believes in co-operation that crosses disciplinary borders. Being part of the Johannes-Rau-Research Community requires excellent research on issues important for the future and meeting uniform quality standards. This is why member institutes are externally evaluated on a regular basis.

Partners, donors, and clients

BICC receives a core funding from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). This funding enables the Center to perform research projects and research-based policy advice with funding from a variety of donors.

Bonn University is the seat of the professorship for Peace and Conflict Research held by BICC’s Director for Research.  

BICC cooperates with international and national research institutes and foundations, UN and other international organizations, ministries such as the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as with institutions such as the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), NGOs, and international and bilateral organizations working in the field of development cooperation. BICC is co-editor of the annual “Peace Report” (Friedensgutachten).

ⒸJRF e.V.