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Conflict and Violence

Our work provides a nuanced and realistic understanding of the relationship between violence, conflict, security and development. It aims to help policymakers, practitioners and citizens to develop policies and practices that strengthen people’s efforts to secure their own lives and livelihoods and improve the functioning of political institutions responsible for security and the management and prevention of conflict, and for the development of peace.

We examine the multiple layers and contexts in which violence manifests – from household to state and global level – and pinpoint the links and overlaps between these layers. This includes exploring the nature of, and responses to conflict and violence in rapidly expanding urban areas.  We have a done pioneering work on the dynamics of micro-level conflict, violence and development as well as on citizen action in violent contexts. Our research on gender, men and masculinities and gender-based violence has provided new insights on how to change attitudes, norms and behaviours for equality, peace and justice.

Another focal area is the dynamics of policy processes around conflict, violence and security examining the key framing and narratives. We explore non-traditional forms of security, especially linked to water, energy, food and health as well as post conflict and state building issues affecting service delivery and livelihoods, and are also developing new participatory approaches to peacebuilding. 

People

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Rebecca Mitchell

Research Officer

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Gauthier Marchais

Research Fellow

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Jeremy Allouche

Research Fellow

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Jeremy Lind

Research Fellow

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Juan Carlos Muñoz-Mora

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Marinella Leone

Research Fellow

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Robin Luckham

Emeritus Fellow

Programmes and centres

Centre

Humanitarian Learning Centre

The Humanitarian Learning Centre (HLC) is a joint initiative of the Institute of Development Studies, the International Rescue Committee and Crown Agents.

Programme

Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA)

Action for Empowerment and Accountability is an international research programme which explores how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict, and violent settings, with a particular focus on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Projects

Project

Scaling-Up Early Child Development Interventions in Rwanda

This project aims to establish a long-term partnership between the IDS, Save the Children UK (SCUK) and Save the Children International Rwanda (SCI-R) to analyse, evaluate and scale-up (in partnership with the Government of Rwanda) a unique holistic programme (First Steps) that supports families...

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Publication

Ideas from IDS: Graduate Papers from 2017/18

This is the second edition of Ideas from IDS, our publication featuring top-class student papers from the 2017/18 academic year. Ideas form a fundamental component of development studies, and there are a great number of them in this collection of papers. Our students have done themselves and IDS...

25 January 2019

News

IDS to take up role in new Global Challenges Research Fund hubs

IDS researchers and knowledge professionals will be working with partners in four of the 12 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Research Hubs announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and UKRI.  Over the next five years they will contribute to efforts to...

22 January 2019

News

IDS Research Fellow joins International Peacekeeping Editorial Board

Research Fellow, Dr Jeremy Allouche has been appointed to the Editorial Board of International Peacekeeping, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Taylor and Francis. Established in 1994, International Peacekeeping was the first scholarly journal devoted to studying the growing...

9 January 2019

News

IDS alum Melanie Robinson appointed as the new UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Melanie Robinson, who studied at IDS from 1999 – 2001 for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Development, has been appointed as the new UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe. After graduating from IDS, Melanie worked in a variety of positions for the Department for International Development...

7 January 2019

Opinion

Who are Gaza Sky Geeks? How are they bypassing the blockade?

Something fascinating is happening in Gaza. In the midst of alarmingly high poverty rates, a decimated economy and ongoing control under the militant Islamic movement, Hamas, a new story is emerging: Gaza is establishing a tech hub. The potential of digital technology to help people...

21 December 2018