Concept & Structure

The IAPSS Think Tank is a new project, introduced in 2014, aiming at the academic exchange and cooperation among members of IAPSS. The Think Tank is an academic structure which intends to bring together students from MA, PhD and post-doctoral level into a research community focused on a specific annual theme.

The IAPSS Think Tank working group – a group of 5 postgraduate students – researches and works on academic or policy papers, essays and other forms of publication in a strongly collaborative fashion. Supported by the IAPSS Think Tank Coordinator, members work both individually and collectively, mutually stimulating each other through debate, ongoing review and exchange. The process enables identifying strengths and weaknesses, reviewing and improving the applied research designs and methodology, and therewith producing high-quality publications during a continous learning process.

Results of the work are published and disseminated either in IAPSS Publications (our journals Encuentro Latinoamericano and POLITIKON), in other forms (e.g. conference papers, collective volumes) and with external partners. They intend to represent a significant student contribution to current debates and research within the wider field of political science and adjacent disciplines. Members of the IAPSS Think Tank are also encouraged to host guest panels at IAPSS Conferences (e.g. the IAPSS World Congress, the IAPSS Autumn Convention, and the IAPSS Conference in Latin America), with travel grants provided (budget allowing).

The Theme of 2016-2017

Humanitarianism and the study thereof is at a critical juncture. While the world is experiencing crises on a never before seen scale the entire international humanitarian system is called into questions, with agendas for reform and revolution and events such as the World Humanitarian Summit seeking profound change. The 2016 – 2017 IAPSS Academic Think Tank seeks to find critical and imaginative answers to some of the core questions in research on humanitarianism and the role of politics therein. It will critically examine the politics of humanitarianism and the political-ness of humanitarian actors.

Inquiries & Contact

You’re interested in the publications of the IAPSS Think Tank? You’d like to get in touch with us to discuss a cooperation?

Then do not hesitate to consult with Charlotte Hammer, the IAPSS Think Tank Coordinator, at