PSRP hosts conflict/peace research workshop

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While academic research requires sharing knowledge and cooperation in its production, the researcher’s day-to-day work is often a lonesome one. Trying to counteract the latter and encourage the former, on 27 May 2019 the Law School’s Research Facilitation Fund provided financial support to the PSRP team to hold a research workshop that would bring together the scholars that work on problems of conflict, violence, peace, and peace building.

Our core aims were twofold: first, we simply wanted to hear about ongoing research in other research institutions and other schools at the University of Edinburgh; second, we wanted to start a regional network of researchers in and around Edinburgh, focusing on Scotland and North of England, this regional aspect aimed at both strengthening regional research and reducing our carbon footprint. In both regards, we are convinced we have succeeded and are planning the next meeting of the thus far unnamed network. We are also hoping that the unnamed network will not remain such for long, as Christine Bell has promised a creme egg to the person that suggests the best and catchiest name for the network. With two contestants already in the running, and surely more to come, we are looking forward to selecting the finest entry.

In the meantime, the schedule of the held workshop is available below, and we invite anyone interested in joining the future meetings to let us know via email at or on Twitter via @PolSettlements.


10:00 – 10:50 George Wilkes (UoE, Divinity), on Compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as a factor in peace processing and post-conflict reconciliation – a project at design phase (Laura Wise discussing, UoE, PSRP)

10:55 – 11:45 Lars Waldorf (University of Dundee), on illiberal peacebuilding (Kevin McNicholl discussing, UoE, PSRP)

11:50 – 12:40 Lorenza Fontana (Newcastle University) on community conflicts in the Andean region (Sanja Badanjak discussing, UoE)

13:40 – 14:25 Jan Pospisil (ASPR) on subnational peace (Kathryn Nash discussing, UoE, PSRP)

14:30 – 15:20 Roger MacGinty (Durham University) on everyday peace indicators (Stefanie Kappler discussing, Durham University)

15:45 – 16:35 Astrid Jamar (Open University) and Laura Major (UoE, Social Anthropology) on Managing Mass Graves in Rwanda and Burundi: What use is the Right to Truth? (Monalisa Adhikari discussing, UoE, PSRP)

16:40 – 17:25 Gearoid Millar (University of Aberdeen) on 21st Century Challenges to Peace: Perceptions and Preparedness (Jan Pospisil discussing, ASPR)