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  • DFG-Research Training Group "WIPCAD"

Welcome to WIPCAD

The Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD) was founded in October 2012 at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2012-2017, the program offers outstanding interdisciplinary training and research opportunities to graduates of political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management.

WIPCAD combines an innovative research focus with excellence in policy and administrative analysis, strengthening the Department’s role as a leading German center for the training of administrative scientists.

We invite you to learn more about our academic profile, your career opportunities and life in the Potsdam-Berlin region.


WIPCAD welcomed Prof. Stephen Osborne

From 25 to 27 January 2016 WIPCAD welcomed Prof. Stephen Osborne from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, as visiting researcher.

Predicting the UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015

WIPCAD held a special event concerning the climate negotiations 2015 in Paris in collaboration with PIK - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and - international partners.

WIPCAD News Archive

The news archive contains all news concerning WIPCAD

Introduction on WIPCAD


The research training group WIPCAD introduces itself, the research program and the academic environment

WIPCAD Fellows & Staff

More information on WIPCAD staff and fellows

Admission to WIPCAD

Learn how to apply for a WIPCAD research fellowship

WIPCAD Lecture Series

Current and old WIPCAD lecture series schedules, videos and guests

Research Program

Here you can find abstracts provided by WIPCAD fellows on there projects and other publications, and information on WIPCAD conferences

Qualification Program

We introduce our qualification program