Covid Collective Research Platform

The Political Settlements Research Programme is working with the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and a group of world leading organisations to develop urgently needed research that will support recovery from Covid-19. The FCDO-funded Covid Collective will commission urgent research to help tackle the social, political and economic impact of the pandemic. Read more about the Covid Collective.

As a Covid Collective partner, PSRP will provide timely evidence on the ways in which Covid-19, and responses to it, are affecting peace and transition processes in some of the world’s most protracted conflicts. The research will look at three dimensions. The first aims to understand how Covid-19 and pandemic responses are affecting prospects for successful mediation among conflict actors at national and local levels, with a particular focus on South Sudan, Yemen, and Syria. The second will explore how the UN Global Ceasefire call is being received and taken up, what other conflict-related issues health interventions are having to navigate, and with what consequences for political trust in both health providers and political leaders. The final study will look at how new limitations on international support for peace processes are affecting the response of regional organisations in the conflict and health realms. The project aims to deliver timely research useful to policymakers and in-country practitioners. It will also use innovative research methods and technologies which can contribute to new ways of working around pandemic lockdown constraints in already challenging contexts.

Our research with the Covid Collective is organised into three strands, each with its own distinct projects. Read more about each strand and browse key outputs through the links below.

Strand I: Covid-19 Peace and Transition Processes

Strand II: PeaceTech, Tracking Data, and the UN Ceasefire Call

Strand III: Regional Responses to Covid-19