Berghof Conflict Research (BCR)
|Institution||Berghof Conflict Research (BCR)|
|Themes||peace building, reconciliation and coming to terms with the past in post-war societies, transformation of former rebel and resistance movements into politically involved actors.|
|Orientation||applied research and research-supported consultation, methods of participatory action research|
Berghof Conflict Research (BCR), founded in 1993 as the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management (Berghof Forschungszentrum für konstruktive Konfliktbearbeitung), is a permanent project of the Berghof Foundation. It operates at the interface of conflict research and peace policy, and investigates and develops innovative approaches to conflict transformation in cooperation with international partners. BCR analyses the causes, forms and dynamics of primarily ethno-political conflicts and shows conflict actors ways to settle differences without resorting to violence.
In addition, BCR is active in consultation for civilian actors, research partners as well as development policy actors, state agencies and international organizations. Its most important publication is the Berghof Handbook of Conflict Transformation. It also offers a platform for discussion new ideas on conflict transformation between research and practice that serves as a continually updated online resource.