The Political Settlements Research Programme is run by a consortium of organisations.
Global Justice Academy
The Global Justice Academy (GJA) is an interdisciplinary network focused on bringing together staff, students and practitioners who address global justice issues in their work. GJA is an intellectual meeting place for discussion of novel ideas regarding a more just world, and a forum for dialogue with practitioners engaged in justice issues locally and globally. GJA’s work is currently organised around four large themes: (1) Theorising Global Justice; (2) Social Justice and Citizenship, (3) Gender Justice, (4) Conflict and Peace, (5) Global Justice across Borders. It seeks to build on, consolidate and expand the work of existing centres and collaborations at the University of Edinburgh.
Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) aims to contribute to the promotion of peace and peaceful conflict resolution and to the dissemination of practical ideas for peace, including its developmental and environmental aspects. In order to carry out these tasks, the ASPR conducts and evaluates research in line with its objectives, engages in training and education, and conducts scientific courses.
Conciliation Resources (CR) is an international organisation committed to stopping violent conflict and creating more peaceful societies. They work with people impacted by war and violence, bringing diverse voices together to make change that lasts. Working across society, they connect community perspectives with political dialogue. Learning from peace processes around the world, they share experience and expertise to find creative solutions to violent conflict.
Conciliation Resources also produces the Accord publication series which informs and strengthens peace processes by documenting and analysing practical lessons and innovations of peacebuilding.
Institute for Security Studies
The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) is based in South Africa and with regional offices in Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal. It is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It undertakes independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance. The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people by way of advancing human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building in the following divisions and projects: Governance, Crime and Justice; Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis; Conflict Management and Peace Building; Transnational Threats and International Crime; African Futures and Innovation; The African Centre for Peace and Security Training.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA develops, shares and enables the use of comparative knowledge in their key impact areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution-building, political participation and representation. They also address the important issues of gender, diversity, and conflict and security as they relate to democracy. Their efforts to support democratic change build on their convening potential. They facilitate dialogue at the country, expert and international levels. They work in the spirit of peer dialogue, in which everyone has experiences and knowledge to share.
Rift Valley Institute
Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is an independent, non-profit organization, founded in Sudan in 2001, currently working in seven countries in Eastern and Central Africa. The aim of the Institute is to advance useful knowledge of the region and its diverse communities, bringing a better understanding of local realities to bear on social and political action. The RVI works with institutions in the region to develop and implement long-term programmes that combine action-oriented research with education and public information. The Institute’s geographical area of operation covers four subregions of Eastern and Central Africa: the Sudans, the Horn of Africa, East Africa and the Great Lakes. There are active RVI programmes in South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Transitional Justice Institute
The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster was established in 2003, and has become internationally recognised as a leading centre in developing the field of transitional justice. TJI scholars advance cutting-edge research and practice in multiple conflicted and transitional societies including Chile, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Israel-Palestine and Colombia. It has a particular strength in gender related peace and conflict work, with the aim of making visible, and critically examining, gendered experiences of transition. TJI espouses an ‘active research’ model, wherein engagement with institutions, policy-makers and communities (internationally and locally) generates research, and research generates engagement.