Welcome to the PRDU, an international centre of excellence for the study of conflict-affected societies and their recovery. Since its establishment in 1992, the PRDU has evolved into a world leader and our staff have significantly influenced post-conflict reconstruction policies through linking theory and practice. The field of post-war reconstruction continues to occupy a major niche in development budgets, despite the ongoing global financial crisis. We offer established and successful post-graduate courses (MA and PhD in Post-war Recovery Studies). These programmes which are the core of the PRDU's work provide students and practitioners with enhanced practical skills in a rapidly changing discipline. Combined with our proven track record of innovative academic and applied research projects, the PRDU is well placed to remain on the cutting-edge of post-war recovery studies.

Groundbreaking applied research conducted by the PRDU includes a global evaluation programme review on education in emergencies for UNICEF, an evaluation of the Yemen Social Fund for Development for DfID and a review into the impact of multi-donor trust funds on aid effectiveness, also on behalf of DFID. The PRDU has also completed a major ESRC-DFID grant that investigated 'The Influence of DFID Sponsored State Building-Oriented Research on British Policy in Fragile, Post-Conflict Environments'. Additionally, the PRDU is committed to continuing professional development activities. The PRDU has hosted training courses both in the UK and around the world, including Chevening Senior Fellowship courses on conflict resolution and the reform of the security and justice sectors, an annual Summer School and an advanced humanitarian practitioner diploma with ISPI Milan. The PRDU also launched an intensive training programme on conflict resolution and peacebuilding for government officials in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.

The PRDU remains committed to a high degree of external engagement. On the international stage, we have worked to facilitate and promote the WANA Institute and collaborate with a number of organisations including Responding to Conflict (RTC)International Alert, and the Regional Human Security Centre (RHSC) in Amman, Jordan. Closer to home, we annually host the HRH El Hassan bin Talal Annual Lecture at the University of York.





War damaged buildings in Beirut, Lebanon
War damaged tank in West Africa
Palestinian internally displaced persons (IDPs)
School children, Sierra Leone, by Khurtsia Ketevan