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Find our more about how we focus on Conflict and Peace through research, teaching, and knowledge exchange.

Political Settlements Research Programme

Examining how political settlements come into being, how open and inclusive they are, and how internal and external actors shape them.

The Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment

A comparative analysis of the challenges faced by those attempting to document torture and ill-treatment in Low-Income Countries, focusing on Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya.

Comparative Anthropology of Conscience, Ethics and Human Rights

Numerous international human rights documents formally declare their commitment to protect freedom of conscience. But, what is conscience and how do we know it when we see it?

The Dangerous Women Project

What does it mean to be a 'dangerous woman'? This initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities examines the label through guest contributions from a diverse range of women, including experiences relating to conflict and peace.


This project aims to advance Political Theory’s contribution to the interdisciplinary study of political violence.

Poverty and Conflict

Examining the mechanisms underpinning individuals’ different trajectories during and after armed conflict.


Examining relationships between military, political and religious dimensions of the making of war and peace today and in the past.

Conflict, Community and Faith: The Politics of Public Action in Sri Lanka

Faith-based organisations with specific values of peace or non-violence often are considered as important contributors to local capacities for peace. This project investigates the relationship between faith-based organisations. conflict, and peace.

Sexual Violence in War

University of Edinburgh researchers have published a key study on the effects of sexual violence in war. 'Physical, mental and social consequences in civilians who have experiences war-related sexual violence: a systematic review (1981-2014)' can be read and downloaded here.

Peacemaking through the Media Arts

This project explores the potential of the creative arts for contributing to processes of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Centres and Projects

Other Centres and Projects working on Conflict and Peace.