Klaus Starl is acting director of the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels in Graz (Austria) and has more than 30 years of experience in human rights and organisational consulting for local and regional authorities, city networks, as well as the justice sector. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Graz. He investigates universities' role in establishing, maintaining and reinforcing human rights processes. Besides stressing the role of universities as research hubs and clearing houses needed for evidence- and human-rights-based policy making, they have the potential of academic and educational institutions to foster the establishment of a human rights culture in the city. Klaus Starl is organizing and teaching in human rights graduate programmes in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South-East Europe, Caucasus, Latin-America and the Caribbean and the Arab region how universities can contribute to promoting human rights in cities.