IDS researchers have been commissioned to investigate what determines the level of community cooperation in the post-conflict period. In particular we will investigate the types of coping strategies that people develop in response to violence, and how these enable them to deal with social and institutional changes in their local communities.
The case study will be on two communities in Bosnia. The project will add to existing literature on coping strategies in the context of violent conflict, and to understanding cooperation in the context of ethnically diverse communities. The methodology used will be combination of semi-structured interviews, life histories and participant observation.