The main research interest of Prof. Holzinger is in the theory of political decision-making and conflict resolution. She applies these theories to all political levels of action, and in particular, to the analysis of international cooperation and regimes and to decision-making and constitution-building in the European Union. At the University of Konstanz her research focuses on intra-state conflict and civil wars and on ways and procedures of managing and resolving those conflicts. She uses mostly, but not exclusively, the theoretical framework of rational choice and economic theories of politics. Her past empirical work has often dealt with environmental policy. Current research projects are dealing with the performance of communicative procedures of conflict resolution, with the convergence and change of environmental policies, and with the evolution of the European constitution.
Prof. Dr. Katharina Holzinger holds the Chair of International Relations and Conflict Management. She joined the Department in 2007. She studied Political Science, German Literature and Philosophy of Science at the University of Munich, Germany. In 1993, she did her PhD in Political Science at the University of Augsburg. Afterwards, she was a senior research fellow at the Social Science Research Center (WZB) in Berlin (1993-1997) and at the Max-Planck-Project Group for the Study of Common Goods in Bonn (1998-2003). In 2002/2003 she was Jean Monnet Fellow year at the European University Institute in Florence. From 2004 to 2007 she held a Chair of Government at University of Hamburg and acted as Director at the Centre for Globalisation and Governance. Prof. Holzinger is member of the board and Vice-president of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) since 2006 and member of the review board for the social sciences of the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2008.