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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

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Past Event

Conflict, Violence and Development Seminar Series

MACEDA: A new events data set on the self-determination conflict between the Mapuche indigenous group and the Chilean state (1990-2016)

Self-determination (SD) disputes are some of the most common conflicts in the world. While the literature has mainly focused on the most violent conflicts, such as civil wars, recent studies have acknowledged the diversity of strategies adopted by groups within SD movements, and the need for...

7 October 2019

News

Vestibule of Peace: New peacebuilding initiative in Mali launched

The Malian Action-Research Institute for Peace (IMRAP) in partnership with Interpeace, the Institute for Development Studies and Humanity United officially launch their project Vestibule of Peace – A multi-stakeholder initiative for peacebuilding in Mali.  This launch is sponsored by the...

26 September 2019

Opinion

Involving local communities in peacebuilding in Mali

Seven years ago, Mali came into the spotlight as violence broke out following an attempt by armed groups to seize control of the North of the country and a military coup . While democracy was returned one year later, instability remains. Since then, Mali has consistently commanded international...

26 September 2019

Opinion

Donor interventions toward public authority in Jordan and Lebanon

The Syrian Crisis has caused the influx of over 900,000 refugees to Lebanon and over 650,000 to Jordan as of June 2019. In Jordan, 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of established refugee camps, while Lebanon adopted a policy against encampment altogether. As such, refugees in both countries...

IMPACT Initiatives

12 September 2019

Publication

Investigating Domestic Violence Law in Cambodia

ESRC-DFID Research Impact

Legislation seeking to address violence against women has grown in recent years – at least 144 countries now have laws on domestic violence (DV). However, many women are still prevented or deterred from accessing justice. The ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research on DV law...

1 September 2019

Impact Story

Exploring how to improve wellbeing for urban refugees and their hosts

Huge numbers of people continue to flee the world’s most intractable conflicts. Many of these refugees are not destined for camps, but are increasingly channeled into urban informal settlements, chiefly in developing countries. With few signs of this abating, IDS has been working to improve...

6 August 2019

Working Paper

Commissions of Inquiry in Plateau State, Nigeria

IDS Working Paper 531

Nigeria’s Plateau State has been the scene of inter-community violence since the 1990s, involving several clashes in the city of Jos that took many lives within a matter of days. Between 1997 and 2014 different Commissions of Inquiry (COIs) were established to investigate specific episodes of...

1 August 2019

Publication

A Micro-Level Perspective on the Relationships between Presence of Armed Groups, Armed Conflict Violence, and Access to Aid in Mopti, Mali

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1844

This paper exploits a unique panel dataset of households in Mopti whose baseline was collected in January 2012, just prior to the outset of the civil war in Mali. The follow-up survey was implemented in January 2017, in the midst of a rapidly intensifying armed conflict in the region. This...

1 May 2019