War, Peace & the In Between Podcast

Episode 1: PeaceTech: Digital Tools for Building Inclusive Peace

We open the series with an introduction to the growing field of PeaceTech, and examine how and why peace builders are teaming up with data scientists to develop cutting-edge technology for inclusive peace. We explore what it takes to make a successful PeaceTech collaboration, and take a glimpse into two PeaceTech initiatives in action: a digital tracking tool monitoring global ceasefires during the Covid-19 pandemic, and a mobile app that enables women’s participation in peace processes.

Featuring special guests Dr Devanjan Bhattacharya and Fiona Knäussel from the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme.

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Show Notes

The Covid-19 Ceasefire Tracker is a publicly available digital tracking tool to examine the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on peace processes and armed conflict across the world.

PeaceFem is a mobile phone app that illustrates women’s inclusion in peace processes around the world. PeaceFem provides information about strategies women’s rights advocates have used to influence peace agreements, information about the enabling and constraining factors that shaped the space for influence, and the gender provisions in the peace agreements that resulted and information as to how well they were implemented.

Guest Bios

Dr Devanjan Bhattacharya is a Train@Ed Postdoctoral Fellow with the Political Settlements Research Programme, focussing on collaborative map visualisations for participation and mediation in peace processes.

Fiona Knäussel is a Graduate Fellow with the Political Settlements Research Programme, working on PeaceTech initiatives.

Producers

War, Peace & the In Between is produced by Allyson Doby of the Political Settlements Research Programme and Elisabeth Barlow from the University of Edinburgh Law School. With thanks to our funder, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.