Welcome to WIPCAD

The Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD) was founded in October 2012 at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2012-2017, the program offers outstanding interdisciplinary training and research opportunities to graduates of political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management.

WIPCAD combines an innovative research focus with excellence in policy and administrative analysis, strengthening the Department’s role as a leading German center for the training of administrative scientists.

We invite you to learn more about our academic profile, your career opportunities and life in the Potsdam-Berlin region.


+++ Applications for WIPCAD doctoral fellowships starting in October 2015 are invited until March 31, 2015 +++

+ + + Impressions and videos of the 2nd WIPCAD-Conference  on „Contested Public Organizations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy“ at the University of Potsdam, December 4-6, 2014 +++

+ + +  Lecture Series downloads: program and online videos of the talks in winter 2014/2015 +++


 WIPCAD doctoral fellows and staff in April 2014


WIPCAD faculty, staff and doctoral fellows in April 2013



WIPCAD faculty and staff in April 2012