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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.

A scene from South Sudan – an area that has experienced both peace and conflict in recent decades.
A scene from South Sudan – an area that has experienced both peace and conflict in recent decades.

The intention is to establish a 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 a major EU Horizon 2020 project on the European Union and crisis response, on how the Turkish state has responded to migration (especially from Syrian), on the micro-economics of conflict-affected societies, and everyday indicators of peace and safety in societies emerging from violent conflict.


Tim Jacoby, Roger Mac Ginty and Birte Vogel.

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PhD candidates

Gosia Polanska, Eric Lepp, Kristina Tschunkert.

Key publications and resources

  • Everyday Peace Indicators
  • Birte Vogel, “Civil Society Capture: Top-down interventions from below?” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding , Vol. 10 (4), pp. 472-489, 2016 DOI:10.1080/17502977.2016.1192786
  • Birte Vogel (with – Kristoffer Liden and Elena Stavrevska), "EU engagement with civil society (organisations) in conflict-ridden countries – a governance perspective", International Peacekeeping, Vol. 23 (2), pp. 274-301, 2016. DOI:10.1080/13533312.2015.1126521
  • R. Mac Ginty and A. Williams (2016) Conflict and Development, second edition, Routledge.
  • Róisín Read & Roger Mac Ginty (2017) "The Temporal Dimension in Accounts of Violent Conflict: A Case Study from Darfur", Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, DOI:10.1080/17502977.2017.1314405
  • Pamina Firchow and Roger Mac Ginty (2017) ‘Measuring Peace: Comparability, commensurability and complementarity using bottom up indicators’, International Studies Review 19, 6-27.