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The KU… strong in research


The KU’s research covers a wide range of disciplines and topics. Hermeneutic and empirical research methods are both used and complement one another. Connections are made between philosophical questions, historical research, and methods from cultural studies and the social sciences.



Four major research areas

Research is conducted at all of the KU’s faculties and institutes. Guided by its Christian values, the University has established four major research areas: the Church, religion and society; responsibility and justice; global education and teacher training and cultural contact and transcultural processes. These areas provide the framework for interdisciplinary research activities and are based on the KU’s Catholic mission.

Flight and migration

The newest large interdisciplinary project at the KU is the Center for Interdisciplinary Flight and Migration Studies, which is in the process of being established. The Center will coordinate all of the University’s existing and future projects in research and teaching on these topics, as well as practical work with refugees. The Center will specialize in academic study of asylum policy, integration measures, flight and migration, as well as the development and analysis of new forms of initial and advanced training. It will involve the fields of business and economics, cultural studies, education and the social sciences, allowing the topics to be considered from a wide range of perspectives.

Central research institutes

In addition to its faculties, the KU has several well-established research institutes and groups. The three central institutes are the Center for Marriage and Family in Society (ZFG), the Center for Latin American Studies (ZILAS) and the Center for Central and Eastern European Studies (ZIMOS). ZFG focuses on empirical family research. In addition to its research activities, ZFG offers advice and training courses. ZILAS aims to improve the understanding of the countries of Latin America along with their culture and history. One of its key tasks is organizing collaborative research projects with partners in Latin America. ZIMOS deals with historical questions related to Central and Eastern Europe. It has a particular interest in current processes of transformation in the economy, culture and society.

In addition to these institutes the KU has several research groups, such as Aueninstitut Neuburg where the professor of applied physical geography is based. Its research focuses on the ecology of flood plains and rivers, as well as renaturation. Sustainability is a particularly important topic here. Coordination and promotion The new Center for Research Promotion (ZFF), established in April 2016, coordinates and supports the many different research activities in which the KU’s members are involved. It has a particular focus on acquiring third-party funding, the amount of which has already risen by almost 50 percent since 2009 and now lies at nearly 6.5 million euros.