Past Event


Measuring and Understanding Peace

4 March 2015 13:00–14:30

Jubilee 155, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9SL

The Conflict, Violence and Development Cluster and the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace are jointly hosting a Seminar on the Global Peace Index. In this seminar, Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), will describe the Pillars of Peace framework – a set of attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. 

Through its work on the Global Peace Index, the IEP developed the Pillars of Peace, an empirically derived framework which points out that only by measuring and analysing the patterns of peace can we move to a better understanding of how it can be improved. Steve will highlight some of the most compelling findings from IEP’s peace related indices spanning from trends in peace through to the economic impact of violence.

There is an urgent need to change the way in which we govern and build the resilience of our societies, the issues we face are global in nature and without a world that is basically peaceful we will be unable to get the levels of trust necessary to solve these problems. If peace is an essential prerequisite for solving our sustainability challenges and improving our economic and social wellbeing, then having a good understanding of peace is essential.

About the Speaker:

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology and international business development and is at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on peace and sustainable development. 

Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace to focus on better understanding the linkages between business, peace and economic development. He is also the founder of the Global Peace Index the first ever tool for measuring the peacefulness of countries and identifying the drivers of peace. The Global Peace Index is now considered the world’s leading benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations and used by many leading organisations. 

In 2000 Steve established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organisations in Australia. Steve is also a regular speaker at global forums on conflict, peace, governance and development.


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