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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) and co-financed by the DAAD, 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.


World Public Sector Report 2018

WIPCAD as one of the contributing organizations is pleased to announce the published WPSR 2018.

WIPCAP Lecture Series: Prof. Dr. David Gough, 22 February 2017, Potsdam

On 22 February 2017, Prof. Dr. David Gough gave a lecture on the topic "Evidence-based policy-making".

Current Dissertations by WIPCAD Doctoral Fellows

WIPCAD doctoral fellows and associates introduce in brief their research project. The dissertation projects can be located in three areas: knowledge, coordination, strategy.

Introduction on WIPCAD


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

Research Program

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

WIPCAD Fellows & Staff

More information on WIPCAD staff and fellows.

Qualification Program

The four pillars of the qualification program are concepts and theories, research design and methods, soft skills training, a doctoral colloquium and the lecture series.

News Archive

The news archive contains all news concerning WIPCAD.

Admission to WIPCAD

Learn how to apply for a WIPCAD research fellowship.