Birgit Allerstorfer gained her PhD in international law and legal gender studies at the university of Linz, Austria, and her Master of Advanced Studies in peace and conflict transformation at the World Peace Academy, university of Basel, Switzerland.
She was a lecturer of European law and politics for Europe Direct and adviser to the member of government in education, research, women and youth. Her professional experiences comprise leading positions in business advocacy and corporate industry with focus on learning and development, as well as process facilitation of interethnic dialogue and communal integration, gender analysis/trainings and training courses for non-commissioned officers at the Austrian armed forces.
She is member of the faculty at the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the university of Innsbruck, Austria (MA program in peace, development, security and international conflict transformation), independent consultant and trainer. Since 2015 she heads the department of communal integration - the ReKIs (Regional Competence Centers for Integration and Diversity) of Caritas in Upper Austria. Her experiences, research interest and publications embrace the phenomenon of “Unconditional Spaces” in peace and conflict transformation and elicitive methods in process facilitation. She is committed to the unique potential of individuals and groups and offers participatory approaches of communication, learning and transformation.