Peter Praxmarer, lic.oec.publ. (University of Zurich, 1977) and Docteur ès sciences politiques (HEI, University of Geneva, 1984). Since 2002 he coordinates European Masters in Intercultural Communication (EMICC), a network of ten European universities specializing in intercultural communication, first as Executive Secretary, then as Executive Director. He also collaborates with the Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC) at the same university.
Before joining USI, he has taught international politics and relations in the United States (among other universities at Brown University, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania). He also was a consultant for UNITAR and the United Nations University on issues of social development, and has worked in the private sector (publishing and agriculture). In 1992 he participated in a fact-finding and assessment mission visiting UN peacekeeping forces in the Krajina region (Croatia), on behalf of the Watson Institute at Brown University. From 1999-2000 he served as Field and Training Coordinator with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, for which he has also developed training programs in the field of democratization and good governance.
His research focus is intercultural communication in international organizations, for cultural heritage and tourism, and in particular in post-conflict contexts (communication for peace). On a conceptual level he is interested in theories of othering, and how to deconstruct images of the enemy.
Since 2006 he regularly teaches or gives guest lectures at a number of universities in and outside Europe. For a number of years he has designed and offered courses in professional communication for a Hospitality College (State Tourism and Hotel Management School in Bellinzona (Switzerland)). He also gives workshops and trainings for various professional groups (health professionals, teachers, managers, NGO workers).