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Conflict, Peace and Security

The Conflict, Peace & Security research group produces cutting-edge work on violent conflicts, within and between states, and other global security challenges. We have a large PhD community and we host the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Our research projects cover:

  • civil wars and separatist conflicts
  • mass atrocities
  • international interventions
  • peace processes
  • nuclear proliferation
  • new military technologies
  • migration and forced displacement
  • food security
  • global health risks.

We focus on the causes, consequences and responses to such challenges. Our research often takes a non-traditional approach, focusing for example on illiberal peace-building, non-state and rebel governance, small-state mediation, controlling the means of violence, the ethics of covert warfare, border politics, and securitisation.

Our research is applied as well as theoretical and we have extensive area-expertise covering the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union.

We have received prestigious and highly competitive funding from a number of donors - including the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, Leverhulme, the Wellcome Trust, the World Peace Foundation, and the Independent Social Research Fund - and we work with major international stakeholders and think tanks, such as UNICEF, UNIDIR, UNDP, the World Bank, The Asia Foundation, Conciliation Resources, the Berghof Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


  • Counting the human cost of the refugee crisis. As the refugee crisis unfolds across Europe, we launch major research projects highlighting the human stories behind those who make the dangerous Mediterranean crossings. Find out more about our research into the refugee crisis.
  • Ebola: treating the symptoms but neglecting the cause. West Africa is now largely Ebola-free, but the disease could strike again, according to research by Dr João Nunes in our Department of Politics. Read about our Ebola research.

Membership (staff)


Upcoming events

Past events

Peace Mediation: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hosted by the Politics Department and the Conflict, Peace and Security network

Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific in the Post-Obama Era: The View from ASEAN and Indonesia

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Join us for a guest lecture from Dr Rizal Sukma, the Indonesian Ambassador to the UK.

Drone Warfare: Issues and Controversies​

Friday 10 November 2017

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and Department of Politics sponsored panel

Membership (research students)