Our researchers focus on some of the world’s most complex, impactive and relevant challenges in the fields of security, conflict and peace.

Their projects influence peace talks, help deliver health improvements to war-torn countries and ensure governments can be held to account over their deportation policies.

Institution-building in conflict affected states

Since the end of the Cold War, a number of peace agreements have been signed, many of them in bloody intra-state conflicts that were previously thought beyond resolution. What can we learn from their successes or failures?

By analysing peace agreements signed in separatist conflicts since the end of the Cold War, this project aims to uncover the factors behind successful peace-building efforts.

Read more about the Institution-building in conflict affected states project.

President Slobodan Milosevic, President Alija Izetbegovic and President Franjo Tudjman initial the Dayton Peace Accords, which put an end to the Bosnian War.

Featured researcher

Nina Caspersen

Professor Caspersen's research focuses on the dynamics of intra-state conflicts, peace processes and peace settlements, unrecognised/de facto states and state recognition.

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The health consequences of long-term internal conflicts

Dr Rodrigo Moreno Serra carries out research in Colombia, where 13 per cent of the population have been displaced by civil conflict since 1958, to find out how the health of different population groups has been affected.

The project investigates how demands on health services have changed and how services might have to adapt to cope with the population’s post-conflict needs.

Find out more about War and Peace: The Health and Health System Consequences of Conflict in Colombia.

Featured researcher

Rodrigo Moreno Serra

Dr Morena Serra's research interests include health economics, global health and development economics.

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State security in an age of terror

The Deport Deprive Extradite project explores interconnections between counterterrorism policing and border control as they play out in the context of the War on Terror.

The project aims to chart different dynamics of expulsion, such as solitary confinement, passport removals and deportation, to find out what the tools and technologies used to manage, exclude and expel racially marginalised populations tell us about the nature of contemporary British state governing practices and arrangements.

Find out more about the Deport Deprive Extradite research programme.

Featured researcher

Nisha Kapoor

Dr Kapoor researches racism and the security state, exploring topics relating to immigration, citizenship, criminalisation, Islamophobia, segregation and racism in education.

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Further information 

For more information about Justice and Equality research at York, see our brochure: Justice and equality research at York: overview (PDF , 189kb)