As a peace research institute, swisspeace scientists seek to understand the causes of wars and violent conflicts, and to formulate conflict mitigation and peacebuilding strategies.

Research at swisspeace aims to lay the ground for policy-making in peacebuilding on the one hand, and to contribute to academic debates on peace and conflict research as well as to disseminate practice-oriented results on the other.

In addition, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches based on partnerships with academics worldwide, particularly in the South, are key principles of research at swisspeace.

Latest Activities

Mandate for Swiss Development Cooperation SDC, 2015

Role of “unusual actors” in local democratic processes

Learning project of the SDC’s Democratization, Decentralization and Local Governance Network (DDLG) on the ways to take into consideration informal actors in local governance. The learning project, which includes case studies on Macedonia, Mongolia, Mali and Tanzania, is jointly implemented by swisspeace, Helvetas and the Institute for Development Studies (DSS). Link

Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2015-2018

Are Mediators Norm Entrepreneurs?

This three-year research project coordinated by Prof. Laurent Goetschel and Dr. Sara Hellmüller explores the role of norms in peace mediation. Julia Palmiano Federer and Jamie Pring are writing their PhDs at the University of Basel as part of this project. More information.

Project within the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), 2013-2016

Researching Livelihoods and Services Affected by Conflict

swisspeace researcher Martina Santschi is conducting a research for the project Researching Livelihoods and Services Affected by Conflict together with Overseas Development Institute and the Feinstein International Center (Tufts University) with a particular focus on South Sudan.

26 - 29 August 2015

ECPR General Conference

swisspeace PhD candidate Julie Bernath co-convened the Human Rights and Transitional Justice (TJ) section of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) at the General Conference of the University of Montreal. Senior researcher Briony Jones presented her research on Côte d'Ivoire. More information

8 June 2015

Academic Mediation Conference

The event, held in South Africa, was co-organized by swisspeace. It might be planned in the future in form of a yearly conference. The main topics were norms and mediation, complexity theory and mediation, culture and religion and mediation.