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  • Date and time: Tuesday 4 June 2024, 1pm to 4.15pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Foyer and Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

We are delighted to announce the launch of the UK’s first Peace Lab at the University of York.

This initiative brings together research and teaching from across the University focused on a broad range of issues related to peace, including conflict, security, migration, human rights, development, and social cohesion.

The Peace Lab draws on world leading expertise in our three centres: the York Centre for Conflict & Security, the Centre for Applied Human Rights, and the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, and will develop innovative approaches to peace, along three streams:  

  1. conflict prevention and early warning
  2. effects of war and violence
  3. sustainable peace

The Peace Lab will be a hub of excellent research, we will work closely with practitioners and civil society, and we will engage our students in Lab activities, thereby enhancing their experience and skills. The development of the York Peace Lab has benefited immensely from the expert advice of our partners at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the US.

The launch will include academics (from the University of York and the Carter School), students, and practitioners and will focus on our plans for the Peace Lab, it will provide an overview of our pilot projects and examples of our expertise, and it will conclude with a roundtable discussion with practitioners and peace activists focused on the power of innovative approaches to peace and social cohesion, at the local, national and global level.
Participants are invited to join us for lunch in the foyer of the Berrick Saul Building where some of our excellent MA students will exhibit their Peace Lab project posters.


1.00pm to 1.30pm:
Lunch and student poster exhibition, Foyer, Berrick Saul Building - welcome by Prof Graeme Davies (UoY).   

1.30pm to 3.00pm:
Peace Lab: Innovative Approaches to Peace, Bowland Lecture Theatre, Berrick Saul.   
Vision for the Peace Lab - Prof Nina Caspersen, UoY, & Prof Alpaslan Özerdem, Carter School. 
Pilot projects and immediate plans (chair Prof Graeme Davies, UoY).

  • Research: Peace Data Hub - From armed to non-armed political engagement (Dr  Gyda Sindre, UoY).
  • Teaching & student involvement: Presentation of three research intern projects.
    • Prof Anastasia Shesterinina & student intern: Conflict and social relations in Northern Ireland.
    • Dr Harriet Gray & student intern: Memorialising gender-based violence.
    • Dr Claire Smith & student interns: Pathways to Peace in Myanmar.
  • Working with practitioners: Prof Nina Caspersen, UoY, and Prof Karina Korostelina, UoY.
  • Questions & answers.

3.00pm to 3.15pm:
Short break: Coffee, tea & biscuits in the foyer.

3.15pm to 4.15pm:
Roundtable: The power of innovative approaches to peace (chair Dr Matthew Whiting, UoY).
Academics, practitioners and peace activists will discuss the power of innovative approaches to peace and social cohesion, at the local, national and global level. 

Speakers: Dr Jeff Helsing, Carter School; Abdalle Mumin, Somali journalist, human rights activist and CAHR protected fellow; Lway Mownt Noon, human rights and gender activist from Myanmar, CAHR protected fellow (additional speakers TBC).

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop