Personal and Professional

Wolfgang Dietrich holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies  at the University of Innsbruck and he is member of the Austrian UNESCO Commission since 2008.

Born in Innsbruck in 1956 and Austrian citizen, Wolfgang Dietrich was educated in Austria and England, received a Ph.D. in history and literature at the University of Innsbruck in 1980 and a Doctor of Laws LL.D. at the same University in 1984. In 1990 he was promoted to the degree of Adjunct Professor in Political Science.

He was co-founder of the MA Program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation in 2001 and its Academic Director from 2013 to 2021.

2015 the Association of the Alpine States (ARGE ALP) appointed him Peace Ambassador of Alpine Region and the University of Innsbruck promoted him to a Honorary Professor.

2017 he became head of the then new founded Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies, which he was until 2021.

2018 to 2021 he was co-director of the Research Center for Peace and Conflict INNPEACE at the University of Innsbruck.

Wolfgang Dietrich was president of the Austrian section of amnesty international from 1989 to 1991. He was director of the European Peace University from 1995 to 1998 and academic director of the Austrian Institute for Latin America from 1995 to 2007 before he committed full time to the development of Peace Studies Innsbruck.

He worked and taught mainly in Central and Latin America, but also in India, Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the USA and many European countries.

His focus is applied conflict transformation, peace philosophy and peace education.

His about 300 academic writings have been published in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish and Farsi. He has taught in departments for peace and conflict studies, political science, history, arts and law at universities all over the world.

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