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The Conflict Research Society is committed to a broad range of research on all matters relating to conflict and peace. This research includes: conflict analysis, drivers of conflict onset, mechanisms underlying conflict processes, a broad range of work focused on conflict management, resolution and transformation, and the conditions of peace, and reconciliation.

This vast array means we collaborate across disciplines and methodologies, and we actively encourage co-operation between academics, practitioners, and policy makers.

The key interests of the CRS in all regions of the world consist of, but are not limited to, the following areas:


  • Civil war and inter-state conflict
  • Nonviolence, protests and riots
  • The role of civilians and diaspora in peace and conflict
  • Non-state actors
  • Social movements
  • Role of religious actors in conflict and peace
  • Migration, refugees and internal displacement
  • Trends and patterns in peace and conflict
  • Environmental changes and unrest
  • Water resources and cooperation
  • Demographic conditions
  • Gender and gender inequality
  • Political, social and economic inequality
  • Grievances, opportunism and resources
  • Identity and culture
  • Governance, political institutions, and democracy
  • Transactional justice
  • Human rights
  • Reconciliation
  • Media
  • Peacebuilding and hybrid peace
  • Peace education
  • Peace agreements
  • Conflict prevention
  • Grassroots initiatives
  • Peacekeeping
  • Conflict mediation and negotiation
  • Conflict resolution research
  • Humanitarianism, aid, and intervention
  • Local, regional and international actors
  • Sanctions and deterrence
  • Political economy
  • Social capital
  • Trade and market mechanisms
  • Security and power
  • Counter-insurgency
  • Violence against civilians