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Prof. Dr. Sven Chojnacki


Chair of the Research Unit Peace and Conflict Studies

Ihnestr. 26
Room 201
14195 Berlin
++49 30 838 52759

Office hours

Via the secretariat: Ms. Judith Schmidt, friedensforschung@polsoz.fu-berlin.de

Sven Chojnacki has been Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin since 2022. Due to this activity, only limited capacities are available for the supervision of theses.

Academic functions
  • Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin (VP3)

  • Speaker of the Center for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research (INTERACT)

  • Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science


Committee work and joint tasks
  • Dean of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (2021-2022)

  • Chair of the Examination Board (2017-2021)

  • Chair of the ABK (2009-2013)

  • Coordination of curriculum planning (2015-2017)

  • Member of the Institute Council (2007-2008, 2011-2018)

  • Member and Deputy Chair of the Examination Board (2006-2008, 2011-2016)

  • Member and Deputy Chair of the Doctoral Committee (2009-2021)

  • Member of the Commission for the Award of Doctoral Scholarships (NaFöG) for the Department of PolSoz (2019-2021)

  • Member of the Joint Commission on the Ethics of Security-Related Research (Charité, FU Berlin, 2022-


Scientific stations
  • University Professor of Comparative Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies (since 2009)

  • University Professor for International Politics and International Society at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) and Director at the Institute for Social Sciences at the CAU Kiel (2008-09)

  • Junior Professor for International Peace and Security Policy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Free University of Berlin (2005-08)

  • Research Associate at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), International Politics Research Group (1999-2005)

  • Doctorate (Dr. phil.) from the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Free University of Berlin (1999)

  • Scholarship holder of the DFG within the framework of the Research Training Group "The New Europe. National and International Dimensions of Institutional Change" (1995-1998)

  • Studied political science, philosophy and history at the University of Hanover (1986-1994)


   General courses
  • Lecture on the introduction to peace and conflict research: "How do I get peace?"
  • FKF colloquium: "From the idea to scientific work"
Special courses (subject areas)
  • Changing forms of war
  • Transnational dynamics of violence and flight
  • Autonomy and control of migration
  • Representations of gender and violence
  • Postcolonial and feminist approaches in peace and conflict research
  • Performative approaches in peace research
 Commitment to studies and teaching
  • Member and Chair of the Examination Board (2006-2008, 2011-2021)
  • Coordination of curriculum planning (2015-2017)
  • ABK Chair at the Otto Suhr Institute (2009-2013)
  • Co-organization of the Open Lecture Hall on the Ambivalences of Science as part of the interdisciplinary Dual Use working group
  • Speaker for the German Foundation for Peace Research "Das Lernen Lehren"
  • "The researchers peace = ?". A project with the GRIPS Theater (2018)
  • Playing with the crisis: A project with the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Ernst Busch Drama School (2014)
  • Coordinator and sponsor of the student project krisenspiel (2004-2014)
  • "LorBär" (2004) for outstanding teaching at the Otto Suhr Institute (OSI)
current focal points
  • War: concepts and theories

  • Changing forms of war (including the automation of warfare)

  • Transnational conflict dynamics and interdependencies

  • Critical migration and border research

  • Space, power and knowledge: Violent cartographies

  • Ambivalences of the sciences (dual use problems, research ethics)

Basic areas
  • Conflict theories (including post- and decolonial theories, feminist approaches)

  • Phenomenology of violence (structural, symbolic and epistemic violence)

  • Methodological foundations of peace research ("contested concepts")

  • Forms of knowledge production (use, limits and consequences of knowledge, reflexivity)


Research activities (selection)
  • Establishment and spokesperson of the Center for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research (2019-)

  • European Network for Conflict Research (ENCoRe), Management Committee (2012-2016), COST Action (IS1107)

  • Collaborative Research Center (SFB 700) "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, Project Leader Subproject C2 (2006-2013)

  • "Local conflict dynamics: Environmental change, food crises and violence in sub-Saharan Africa", German Foundation for Peace Research (2010-2014)


Expert activities
  •  e.g. European Journal for International Relations, International Studies Review, International Interactions, Global Society, Political Geography, Geopolitics, Security Dialogue, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Die Friedenswarte

  • Expert reviewer for e.g. German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), German Research Foundation (DFG), Thyssen Foundation


  • Frieden, Konflikt, Krieg, Sicherheit, neue Kriege, Bürgerkriege, Resolution, Transformation, Otto-Suhr-Institut, FU Berlin, Peace, Conflict, Security, War, Civil War, Sven Chojnacki
SFB 700