Head of Department
Conflict Transformation Research
Beatrix Austin is Head of Department CTR (Conflict Transformation Research), of which she was interim director from April to October 2019. She manages various work strands, among which the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation is the longest running flagship publication project. As a researcher, her interests focus on issues of dealing with the past and reconciliation as well as on linking theory and practice in conflict transformation. As a scholar practitioner, she specializes in dialogue facilitation and accompanying transformative learning and reflection processes.
Prior to her work with Berghof Foundation, 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.