DIA investigates complex processes of communication and interaction in the conflict-laden triangle of politics, economy, and civil society. The research team has special expertise in social scientific approaches and is familiar with methods and advanced techniques of qualitative and quantitative social research.

In its research DIA employs mainly discursive methods of investigation. This means, that the research team uses structured dialogue in order to systematically collect information about perspectives, arguments and values of social groups and individuals and includes this information into its analyses.

DIA’s special areas of research and expertise comprise risk research, communication and participation research, and research on the inter-relationships between technology, science, and society.

In its research work DIA brings together theoretical reflections about the role of dialogue and participation in political, economic and social life on the one hand, with the development and conduct of innovative dialogue and participation processes as well as the use of established processes, on the other. This allows DIA to learn continually through an iterative process of theoretical development and practical validation.