Annual Conference 2024

Global (De-)Fragmentation?
Consequences for Peace and Conflict Research and Practice

4-6 September 2024
Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep)
University of Edinburgh

The call for papers is now closed. 
If you have any questions please email the conference organisers, Finn Klebe and Isadora Gotts,

The Conflict Research Society (CRS) invites submissions that explore topics related to global and domestic fragmentation, the initiation and cessation of conflict, contentious politics, diplomacy, peace processes, and geopolitical transitions.

In recent years, both patterns of intrastate conflict and mediation appear to have changed – both appear to be more fragmented than before. Conflict within states is often highly fragmented involving competing actors and interests across local, national, and international scales. Global efforts to mediate ends to conflict, also now proliferate in ways that seems to fragment international responses.

Collaborative endeavours of the research and practice communities are vital to identify innovative solutions to these ever-changing and fragmented international dynamics of conflict generation and resolution. The conference aims to explore new avenues towards sustainable peace, foster dialogue, embrace diversity and inclusiveness, support evidence-driven initiatives, and seize opportunities to mitigate violence while promoting collaboration and reconciliation.

The CRS conference promotes multidisciplinary approaches across practice and research communities, to  peace processes and transitions, political violence, dialogue, conflict diplomacy, and peacebuilding. We invite you to submit panel and individual paper proposals that bridge theory, empirics, and practice in peace and conflict research.

The 2024 conference is hosted in partnership with PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform based at the University of Edinburgh Law School.

As in previous years, practitioners and students enjoy a reduced registration fee, and this year for the first time we also offer financial support to scholars and practitioners from countries in receipt of Overseas Development Aid (see below). The CRS conference will include a range of participants, papers, and invited keynote speeches. The conference will retain its multidisciplinary focus and invites a wide array of methodological approaches to the subject.

The conference will also feature keynote talks, including the winner of this year’s CRS book prize. Previous book prize winners have included Julia Zulver, Paul Staniland, Janet I. Lewis, Pamina Firchow, Christine Cheng, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. See the full list here here.


Workshop proposals

After the resounding success of last year’s workshops, the CRS will be hosting the format again at this year’s conference. Workshops offer scholars and practitioners space to exchange ideas, learn from one another and inspire or strengthen collaborations. We welcome proposals for either a half or a full day workshop, which can have a focus on substantive topics, methodological issues, teaching and professional development. We encourage proposals that include graduate students, early career scholars, and practitioners. We particularly welcome workshops that bring scholars and practitioners together, ignite new collaborations between different sub-disciplines as well as junior and senior researchers, and/or facilitate the start or on-going process of a book project. To apply, you will need to submit a workshop abstract (200 words) and an indicative list of participants.


ODA Scholarships

This year the CRS 2024 organizing committee is very excited to invite applications for a limited number of PeaceRep ODA Scholarships for selected presenters from ODA recipient countries as set out here. We particularly encourage applications from early career researchers.

Upon successful application and receipt of a UK visa, the PeaceRep Scholarship will fund:

  • conference registration fees;

  • attending the conference dinner;

  • return flights to Edinburgh to attend the conference;

  • accommodation for the duration of the conference; and

  • daily subsistence for the duration of the conference.

To be considered for this support, applicants must:

  • submit a paper to present at CRS 2024;

  • reside in an ODA recipient country;

  • be affiliated with an academic institution or organisation located in an ODA recipient country; and

  • to receive this support, successful applicants have to give evidence of their UK visa status.

Applicants will be assessed on the quality of their abstract and will be informed of the outcome in March 2024, enabling the visa application to proceed.

If you have any questions please email the conference organisers, Finn Klebe and Isadora Gotts,

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in 2024!

Best regards
Programme Chairs 2024