Wolfgang Dietrich is head of the Unit for Peace at Conflict Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Innsbruck/Austria. He holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies and is director of the MA Program for Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the same University. He is member of the Austrian UNESCO Commission.
Born in Innsbruck in 1956 and Austrian citizen, Wolfgang Dietrich was educated in Austria and England, received a Ph.D. in history and literature at the University of Innsbruck in 1980 and a Doctor of Laws LL.D. at the same University in 1984. In 1990 he was promoted to the degree of Adjunct Professor in Political Science. Being founding director of the MA Program for Peace Studies in 2001 he holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck since 2008. 2015 the Association of the Alpine States (ARGE ALP) appointed him Peace Ambassador of Alpine Region and the University of Innsbruck promoted him to a Honorary Professor. In 2017 he became head of the new founded Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck.
Wolfgang Dietrich has spent most of the eighties in Central America. He was president of the Austrian section of amnesty international from 1989 to 1991. In the nineties he did field research in Latin America and the Caribbean, India, Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. Since the nineties his focus is applied conflict transformation and peace research.He was director of the European Peace University from 1995 to 1998 and academic director of the Austrian Institute for Latin America from 1995 to 2007 before he committed full time to the development of the Innsbruck School of Peace Studies.
His more than 200 academic writings have been published in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese and Farsi. He has taught in departments for peace and conflict studies, political science, history,arts and law at universities all over the world.