(2010): In/Security in Colombia: Writing Political Identities in the Democratic Security Policy, New Approaches to Conflict Analysis, Manchester, Manchester University Press 


Synopsis: Based on geo- and biopolitical analyses, this book reconsiders how security policies and practices legitimate state and non-state violence in the Colombian conflict.

Using the case study of the official Democratic Security Policy (DSP), Echavarría examines how security discourses write the political identities of state, self and others. She claims that the DSP delimits politics, the political, and the imaginaries of peace and war through conditioning the possibilities for identity formation.

In/security in Colombia offers an innovative application of a large theoretical framework on the performative character of security discourses and furthers a nuanced understanding of the security problematique in a postcolonial setting. This wide-reaching study will benefit students, scholars and policy-makers in the fields of security, peace and conflict, and Latin American issues.


Edited Collections

(2019): Mediation und Elizitive Konflikttransformation. Special Issue, Perspektive Mediation. Wien: Verlag Österreich. With Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.)

(2018): Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan. With Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.)


Synopsis: This book comprehensively gathers the current academic literature, field expertise and artistic developments on Wolfgang Dietrich’s Many Peaces theory, in the ways it has been conceptualized and practiced by peace and conflict workers around the world. Both scholars and practitioners challenge and creatively explore the field of transrational peace philosophy, contributing their insights on elicitive methods and conflict mapping. The book is further enriched by artistic perspectives on integrative approaches to theatre for living and intercultural soundscapes.

(2011/2014): The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective, Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan. With Wolfgang Dietrich, Gustavo Esteva, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.)


Synopsis: In this ground-breaking new volume, the social function of 'peace' is explored through the prism of cultural pluralism. Prominent scholars and thinkers from more than 30 different cultures reflect on the notion of peace, and the diversity of their perspectives highlights the different cultural perceptions surrounding the meaning and scope of peace. What we understand as 'peace' is dependent on the context within which it is used. Some cultures have a multitude of notions that translate into English simply as peace, whereas an equivalent to peace in the European sense does not even exist in others. This volume shows that the concept of world peace can only be realised as a plural of 'many peaces'; an understanding of peace cannot be reached without the explicit acceptance of the many different notions of peace.


(2006): Schlüsseltexte der Friedensforschung, Wien, Lit. With Wolfgang Dietrich and Norbert Koppensteiner (ed.)


Synopsis: The Key Texts of Peace Studies are a collection of articles in English, German and Spanish, which are of special relevance for the current debate on concepts like "development", "security", "nonviolent conflict transformation" and different ways of thinking peace. To give those literarily and politically precious texts a platform, from which they can be thought and discussed anew under current conditions, is one of the concerns of this volume. Contributors: Wolfgang Dietrich, Gustavo Esteva, Ivan Illich, Francisco Muñoz, Wolfgang Sachs, Wolfgang Sützl, Gianni Vattimo.

Articles and book chapters

(2019): "Dissonanzen und Konflikte: Harmonie und Lösungen", in Special Issue Mediation und Elizitive Konflikttransformation, Perspektive Mediation, Hg. Josefina Echavarría und Norbert Koppensteiner. Wien: Verlag Österreich. With Katharina Oberbichler

(2019): "Education for territorial peace in Colombia: what role for transrational peace?", Journal of Peace Education, 16:3, 316-338, DOI: 10.1080/17400201.2019.1697068. With Hillary Cremin.

(2019): “Transrational Peacebuilding Education to Reduce Epistemic Violence.” In Teaching Peace and War: Pedagogy and Curricula edited by Annick T.R. Wibben and Amanda Donahoe, London: Routledge. With Hilary Cremin and Kevin Kester

(2019): Wahlen und Weichenstellungen in Lateinamerika 2018: Eine länderspezifische Analyse. Vienna: University of Vienna and Austrian Latin American Institut – LAI. With Berthold Molden and Julia Harnoncourt

(2018): "Transrational Peacebuilding Education to Reduce Epistemic Violence", Peace Review 30(3), special issue on Designing Peace and War Curricula, with Guest Editors Amanda Donahoe and Annick T.R. Wibben. With Hilary Cremin and Kevin Kester

(2018): "Sexualidad y reconocimiento como apuestas a la transformación de la seguritización en El Salvador: una reflexión transracional", ORGANICOM 15(28), Special Issue on Comunicação Estudos para a Paz e Violência Organizacional. With Erika Julieta Rojas

(2018): "On Resonances: An Introduction to Transrational Peaces and Elicitive Conflict Work" in Echavarria, Josefina, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.): Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan. With Norbert Koppensteiner


(2018): "Sexuality, security and migration: Seeking elicitive clues in the Analysis of the 2015 Cologne's Sylvesternacht" in Echavarria, Josefina, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.): Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan.

(2015): "Die Kunst des Social Healing in Kolumbien", Polylog: Zeitschrift für interkulturelles Philosophieren, 34, 43-65.

(2014): "Elicitive Conflict Mapping: A Practical Tool for Peacework", Journal of Conflictology, 5 (2), 58-71.

(2014): "(Re)Imagining Migration", Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, special issue Migrants and Cultures of Hospitality26(2), 178 - 184. 

(2011): “Conclusions” in Dietrich, Wolfgang, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Gustavo Esteva, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.) (2011): The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective, Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan. With Daniela Ingruber & Norbert Koppensteiner

(2010): "In/Security in Colombia: Peace and War at the Crossroads", The Virtual Peace Library of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck. 

(2008): "Telling Different Stories: Subjectivity and Feminist Identity Politics", The Virtual Peace Library of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck. 

(2008): "Scherze über die Sicherheitsmassnahmen führen zu Ihrer Festnahme!", in Sützl, Wolfgang & Doris Wallnöfer (ed.): Gerechtigkeit und Präzision: Krieg und Sicherheit in Zeiten des Terrors, Wien, Turia + Kant, 45 - 57. With Norbert Koppensteiner 

(2007): "Conflict Transformation and Conflict Prevention in Colombia: Institutional Peace Plans in Antioquia", Peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-War Reconstruction, Conference Proceedings, Conflict Resolution Institute, University of Denver, 467 - 501.

(2007): "Krieg und Frieden", Planet: Zeitung der Grünen Bildungswerkstatt, 49, Juli/August, Wien, 7.

(2006): "Re-thinking (in)security discourses from a critical perspective", Asteriskos Journal of International and Peace Studies, vol. 1/2, Galizan Institute of International Security and Peace Studies, 61 - 82.


(2006): "La promesa de (in)seguridad: Algunas reflexiones críticas", Revista Estudios Políticos, vol. 28, Instituto de Estudios Políticos, Universidad de Antioquia, 101 - 119.

Other publications

(2019): Elicitive Curricular Development: A Manual for Scholar-Practitioners Developing Programs in International Peace and Conflict Studies. With a Foreword by George López. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press. With Adham Hamed and Noah Taylor

Edition of Volumes, Masters of Peace. A Series for Outstanding MA-Thesis written at the MA Program for Peace Studies and published by the UNESCO Chair 

  • Ismail, Lama (2019): "Re-Imagining Peace: Analyzing Syria’s Four Towns Agreement through Elicitive Conflict Mapping", Masters of Peace, Innsbruck, Innsbruck University Press.
  • Najibullah, Heela (2017): Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan: A Transrational and Elicitive Analysis towards Transformation, Masters of Peace Volume 14, Berlin, Springer. 
  • Mahmoud, Noor (2013): Twisting Identity and Belonging Beyond Dichotomies: The Case of Second Generation Female Migrants in Norway, Masters of Peace Volume 8, Vienna, LIT.
  • Vallejo Piedrahíta, Catalina (2012): Plurality of Peaces in Legal Action. Analyzing Constitutional Objections to Military Service in Colombia, Masters of Peace Volume 7, Vienna, LIT.
  • Dueck, J. Alicia (2012): Negotiating Sexual Identities. Lesbian, Gay and Queer Perspectives on Being Mennonite, Masters of Peace Volume 6, Vienna, LIT. 

(2019): “InnPeace - The New Research Center for Peace and Conflict: A look at itstransdisciplinary mission, organic structure and first activities". Many Peaces Magazine, Vol. 9.

(2017): "Continuous Support from European Universities to Peace Education in Colombia: A report from the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria)". Global Campaign for Peace Education. 19 April 2017.


(2017): "Oft hilf nur noch Singen. Friedensmacher: Ausbildung für Peacemaker an der Universität Innsbruck". Interview mit Ursula Ott. Chrismon, Dezember 2017.


(2017): "Including Sexuality and Gender in Conflict Analysis". Interview with Mayme Lafurgey. In Gender and Peace Building. Many Peaces Magazine, Vol. 5.


(2016): "Nein zum Referendum, Ja zum Frieden in Kolumbien". Tiroler Tageszeitung. 12 December 2016. With Adham Ahmed


(2016): "Greeting Note". In Revolutionary Moments. Many Peaces Magazine, Vol. 4. 


(2016): "How can we peacefully transform the conflicts originated by international migration movements?", The Big Questions of Our Time, Strategic Foresight, Mumbai.


(2015): "Buscando y Encontrando la Paz: Discursos y Prácticas para el Postconflicto Colombiano."Review of the book Construcción de Paz en Colombia (Edited by Angelika Rettberg). Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico del Banco de la República, Nr. 89.


(2015): Foreword. Katharina Hartl: “Kamasa Warmi: Die Stärke der Frauen in El Alto”. Investigaciones: Forschungen zu Lateinamerika. With Ulrich Brand.


(2014): “Moral, Cultura y Ley: Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre Seguridad Ciudadana”. Review of the book Antípodas de la Violencia: Desafíos de Cultura Ciudadana para la Crisis de (In)seguridad en América Latina (Edited by Antanas Mockus, Henry Murraín y María Villa). Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico del Banco de la República, Nr. 85.


(2013): “Contribuciones Académicas a una Paz Estable y Duradera”. Review of the book Conflicto Armado, Seguridad y Construcción de Paz en Colombia (Edited by Angelika Rettberg). Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico del Banco de la República, Nr. 84


(2011): "Foreword: Angewandte Intersektionalität". Neuhauser, Johanna: Zwischen Anpassung und Widerstand: Hausarbeiterinnen in Recife/Brasilien – Subjektbildung und ihre strukturellen Bedingungen im peripheren Kapitalismus, Investigaciones: Forschungen zu Lateinamerika, Wien, Lit. With Jens Kastner


(2006): “Towards an active citizenship: Good practices and capacity building manual of the Local and International Young Women’s Council in Europe and Latin America”, Project URB-AL R12 A 10-04, Imprima, Barcelona. [Manual also published in Spanish, German and Catalan]


(2001): “Política de Turismo para una Sociedad que construye la Paz”, Ministerio de Desarrollo Económico, Bogotá.