About the Brandt School
The resulting Brandt School approach stands out through its systematic trans-disciplinarity, its comprehensively global focus, and its methodical linking of theory and practice. It is also at the cutting-edge of our times, taking the geopolitical rise of the global South as seriously as the continuing relevance of the legacy of the global North. It is neither limited to mature democracies, nor to elite decision-making, but encompasses all types of policy environment, from state administration to non-state governance, from conflict and transition to development and conservation. In this, it purposely seeks to go beyond the provision of technocratic expertise and instead aspires to endow its students with the analytical toolkit needed to understand and interact with the functional logics behind political, social, and economic processes in a diversity of operational theatres.
The best thing you're going to learn during your master's is interacting with your peers, because everyone has such a different background, a different culture and a different life story. Take your time to meet everybody.
- Inés Alberico, MPP alumna
Along these lines, the Brandt School has been educating future leaders in government, civil society, and private enterprise for almost twenty years now.
At the core of the Brandt School's teaching is the Master of Public Policy Program, which is embedded in a dynamic and highly innovative research environment in which cutting-edge public policy themes are explored in an integrated manner and the methodological frontiers of the social sciences expanded. Understood as a discipline of disciplines, public policy sits at the interface between theory and practice, understanding and engagement, knowledge and politics.
The entrepreneurial approach is also visible in the Brandt School's research.
The research at the Brandt School deals with policy problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective, combining theoretical and applied research and is reflected in the specialization modules offered in the Master's Program. The core areas of research at the School are