Institute for Human Security

The Institute for Human Security (IHS) focuses on the security and protection of individuals and communities while promoting peace and sustainable development.

To achieve this, IHS catalyzes collaboration between and creates synergies among the fields that place people at the center of concern: conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian studies, and political and economic development.

Our research, education and training, and policy engagement therefore emphasizes the following principles:

  • Protection and promotion of the rights of at-risk populations, particularly women, children, minority groups, and migrants
  • Empowerment of people through dialogue, negotiation/mediation, political participation, and training
  • Promotion of responsible government and institutional practices to better respond to development-, rights- and conflict-related challenges