CRISE Network

The CRISE Network is an association of scholars and practitioners concerned with the fundamental economic, political and cultural causes of violent conflict.

Its particular focus is on the role of "horizontal inequalities" (inequalities among salient identity groups) in causing conflict, and in policies to correct such inequalities. The overall aim of CRISE is to identify economic, political, social and cultural policies which promote stable and inclusive multiethnic societies.

The CRISE Network is a follow-up to the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity, funded by DFID from 2003 to 2010. In collaboration with partners, this centre conducted research all over the world, with a particular focus on three regions: West Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

The research established the critical role played by horizontal inequalities in causing conflict. The main findings are summarised in Frances Stewart (ed) Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

The CRISE Network conducts collaborative multidisciplinary research and organizes occasional workshops and conferences of scholars working on common themes.

We welcome proposals for additions to the network from people working on these and related issues.

Frances Stewart
Professor Emeritus of Development Economics