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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Critical Peace and Conflict Studies

This strand is committed to advancing critical theoretical, conceptual and empirical understandings of the responses to conflict and the construction of peace.

In particular our research aims to interrogate the relationship between international, local and other actors in peace-support intervention contexts. It is interested in the local and international encounter over the terms, framing, and nature of peace, and in particular in its everyday qualities - a peace dividend - for its 'subjects'.

Our aims

Our work seeks to synthesise empirical data (through case study fieldwork) with theoretical analyses. In particular it is interested in uncovering marginalised spaces (geographical and otherwise), issues and actors in conflict and in peacebuilding. The unifying focus of its research lies in a critique of mainstream debates about dealing with conflict and building peace, in the light of the Coxian notion that theory can be problem-solving or emancipatory, laden with agendas related to actors' interests and objectives.

Peace in a former conflict zone, South Sudan
Peace in a former conflict zone, South Sudan

The intention is to establish a recognisably coherent and innovative agenda for critical peace and conflict research and to build connections with other related disciplines. The objective is to act as a forum for theoretical advancement and for accounts of case studies where important lessons can be learned about conflict and its redress. To this end, we have established a peer-reviewed journal (Peacebuilding) and hold an annual Peacebuilding conference in Manchester in September.

Team members are currently working on an EUFP7 project examining cultures of governance and conflict resolution in India and the EU, as well as pursuing independent research projects covering 'peace formation' and state-building, everyday peace and diplomacy in several locations around the world, resistance, development and state formation in the Middle East, and the 'third space' of conflict resolution in Cyprus.


Tim Jacoby, Roger Mac Ginty, Jenny Peterson, Emily Pia, Sandra Pogodda, Oliver Richmond, and Birte Vogel.

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PhD candidates

Yoshito Nakagawa, Minji Yoo, Christina Saint Germaine and Jasmine Ramovic.

Key publications and resources

  • Everyday Peace Indicators
  • Jacoby, Tim and Özerdem, Alpaslan (forthcoming) Peace in Turkey? Lexington, Lanham MD.
  • Mac Ginty, Roger (2012) Between Participation and Compliance: Non-participation and the liberal peace. Journal of Intervention and State-building, 6(2): 167-187.
  • Peterson, Jenny (2009) Rule of Law’ initiatives and the liberal peace: the impact of politicised reform in post-con´Čéict states. Disasters 34(1): 15-34.
  • Pogodda, Sandra (2012) Inconsistent Interventionism in Palestine: Objectives, Narratives, and Domestic Policy-Making. Democratization 19 (3): 535-552.
  • Richmond, Oliver P (2011) A Post-Liberal Peace. London: Routledge.