Berghof Handbook & Publications
Beatrix Austin (formerly Schmelzle) co-edits and coordinates the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. In this capacity, she reviews conflict transformation themes and issues, liaises with authors and partners, and is responsible for overall management. She is also involved in numerous other publication projects and contributes to developing a publication strategy at Berghof Foundation. As a researcher, her interests focus on linking theory and practice in conflict transformation as well as on issues of dealing with the past.
Before coming to Berghof she worked for Search for Common Ground and International Alert, among others. She is a founding member of the Vienna Conflict Management Partners and a member of the training team of the Vienna School of Negotiation. Beatrix graduated with an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a diploma in Political Science/International Relations from the Free University in Berlin. She is (very slowly) pursuing a PhD on peacebuilding and victimization in post-war regions.