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17 May, 2018
By John Gledhill

The study of peace and conflict: in need of (intellectual) insurgency?

Peter Wallensteen, a leading scholar of peace and conflict, has suggested that ‘Peace research is concerned with the question of violence.’ At first glance, this statement may seem odd – even paradoxical – since one might imagine that peace research is the antithesis of war studies.

Upon closer inspection, however, Wallensteen’s statement is not so odd. After all, if peace is the absence of violence, and vice versa, then we would expect peace researchers to explore the causes and dynamics of violent conflict.

John Gledhill
17 May, 2018

The study of peace and conflict: in need of (intellectual) insurgency?

Peter Wallensteen, a leading scholar of peace and conflict, has suggested that ‘...

Lucie Qian Xia
04 May, 2018

Negotiating the unnegotiable: climate diplomacy and climate action

Philosopher William James once said ‘whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is...

Myfanwy James
Tony Kiumbe
20 Apr, 2018

A Congolese space of aid: reflections from national staff

Myfanwy: I have recently returned from North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where I was conducting fieldwork with the aim of understanding how humanitarian organisations have...

Marco J Haenssgen
17 Apr, 2018

Against the myth of ubiquity: reflections on five years of mobile phone diffusion research

If you follow tech news and research in the field of ‘information and communication technologies for development’ (ICT4D), you will sooner or later come across the idea that mobile phones are ubiquitous....

Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
Séverine Deneulin
03 Apr, 2018

Trickle-down does not work in social policy either: the micro side of the macro success story of inequality reduction in Latin America

It is a widely accepted fact in academia and policy circles that Latin America has experienced important gains in human development outcomes over the last decade, mainly through the creation of new non-...

Robin Cohen
26 Mar, 2018

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

We are now all aware of how our electoral systems have been manipulated by harvesting our digital footprints and preferences. Targeted messages, images and false information are then deployed to support or...

Marta Favara
23 Mar, 2018

No longer children: what do Young Lives children do when they grow up?

Jobs are at the centre of the eighth goal of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calling for the promotion of ‘sustained, inclusive and...

Emre Eren Korkmaz
20 Mar, 2018

How might Artificial Intelligence transform corporate sustainability policies?

Rapid technological development in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has triggered a growing debate about its ethical, political and legal implications for our daily lives. In this post, I suggest...

Kristine Briones
15 Mar, 2018

The gendered experience of poverty

According to the recent report by...

Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
12 Mar, 2018

Reflections on the Berlin conference on ‘Energy for Displaced People: A Global Plan of Action’

In January in Berlin, UN agencies, donors, NGOs and the private sector came together to ensure that the humanitarian sector contributes to the achievement of...