Governance and Structure

The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) was founded in 1971 and is an independent entity operating as a civil law foundation. According to the charter, the aim of the institute’s work is to address security policy problems within the framework of peace research and, in doing so, fulfil the criteria for independent research and instruction, advancement of early career scholars and the publicising of research findings.




Board of Trustees

Dr. Eva Gümbel, Staatsrätin der Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke

Vice Chairperson
Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren, University of Hamburg, President

Other Members

  • Prof. Dr. Anja P. Jakobi, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute for International Relations
  • Prof. Dr. Cord Jakobeit, Universität Hamburg, Fakultät Sozialwissenschaften
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran, Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer, Universität Hamburg, Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
  • Niels Annen, Member of the German Bundestag and Minister of State at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Devlepment
  • Dr. Anke Frieling, Member of the Hamburg Parliament
  • Antje Möller, former Member of the Hamburg Parliament
  • Eva Gaßen, Student Representative, University of Hamburg

Institute Council

Members of the council are:

  •     The Scientific Director
  •     The Senior Researchers
  •     One Representative of the group of Researchers
  •     One Non-academic Representative
  •     One Representative from the group of young researchers and assistants

Advisory Board


Prof. Dr. Anja P. Jakobi, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Internationale Beziehungen

Other Members

  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker, Universität Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven, formerly Institut für Theologie und Frieden, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter, Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Reuter, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Prof. Stephanie C. Hofmann, European University Institute, Florence
  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ulrich Schneckener, Universität Osnabrück

Ombud Person

Dr. Regina Heller is the ombudsperson for compliance regarding the IFSH Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Scholarly Practice.


Equal Opportunity Commissioner

Equal Opportunity Commissioners are Dr Aline BartensteinDr Moritz Kütt and Franziska Stärk.

Research Sponsoring

Peace Research Sponsoring Association (VFIF)

The Peace Research Sponsoring Association (VFIF) was founded on 28 January 1997 at the initiative of Dr Heinz Liebrecht and the then-member of the Hamburg state parliament, Georg Berg.

The association endeavours to support the Institute’s work by acting as a broker, transmitting results to the political and public spheres and raising additional funds.

Executive Board:

Andrea Wist (Chairperson)
Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska  (Deputy Chairperson)
Liane Bayreuther-Lutz (Secretary)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Gießmann (Treasurer)
Prof. Dr. Ursula Schröder (Director IFSH)

Beim Schlump 83, 20144 Hamburg

Contact: Carsten Wode