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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. 

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Rebecca Mitchell

Programme Manager

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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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News

COVID-19 – the social science response to the pandemic

The global pandemic COVID-19 is impacting the lives of people in many and varied ways.  Social scientists, including those from IDS, are working to respond to the outbreak.  This includes sharing lessons learnt from Ebola and SARS and the initial outbreak in Wuhan, as well as underlining the...

23 March 2020

News

Global investment, local struggles

Following the global commodities boom, investment has poured into large-scale extractive, green energy and other resource development projects around the world. Many of these are in the rural margins – places geographically but also politically distant from the centres of economic power. In...

17 March 2020

Journal Article

Crise post-électorale en Côte d’Ivoire et logique de la non-violence en milieu urbain: une illustration à partir des villes de Gagnoa, Guiglo et San Pedro en 2010–11

Les auteurs cherchent à comprendre pourquoi certaines villes clés dans un sens stratégique, symbolique et historique (les villes de Gagnoa, Guiglo et San Pedro) n’ont pas connu de cycle de violence pendant et après la crise post-électorale de 2010 à 2011 en Côte d’Ivoire. Le niveau...

Patrick Zadi Zadi

27 February 2020

News

IDS at the World Urban Forum

We’re excited to be participating in the upcoming Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10). Convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Urban Forum has become the premier international gathering for addressing the challenges of sustainable...

5 February 2020

Opinion

Bringing evidence and action to protracted crises

In 1994, at the age of six years old, Clemantine Wamariya fled Rwanda and spent the next six years moving to the next ‘safer’ country. By the age of twelve, Clemantine had travelled through seven African countries until she was granted refugee status in the United States. Clemantine was...

4 February 2020