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

Project with the GICHD, 2016

Research on mine action and peace mediation

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining and swisspeace have implemented a research project on mine action and its integration into ceasefire and peace agreements. Project details.


Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and SDC, 2016-2019

Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies

The research project is coordinated by Laurent Goetschel (University of Basel) and by Briony Jones (University of Warwick) with partners in the Côte d’Ivoire and in South-Sudan. It investigates the conditions of knowledge production in peacebuilding and more precisely in the field of Transitional Justice. It looks at the effects of these conditions on the quality of knowledge produced in terms of reliability, policy relevance and critical stance. The project is part of the “research for development program” (r4d) managed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


18 February 2016

Congress on Transforming Worldviews

Dominik Balthasar gave a lecture on „Friedens- und Staatsbildung in Somaliland: wechselhaft, gegensätzlich, ungewiss“ during the congress „Transforming worldviews – zivilgesellschaftliche Friedensansätze am Horn von Afrika und in Burundi“ in Bad Boll, Germany. The event was organized by the ev. Akademie Bad Boll in collaboration with Dr. phil. Wolbert G.C. Smidt from the Mekelle University in Ethiopia.


22 January 2016

Opportunities and challenges businesses face in Myanmar

swisspeace Associate Expert Rina Alluri provided an input to the Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG) “Business in Asia” students. The purpose of this seminar is to evaluate the gradual opening of the Burmese economy, raise market awareness, identify business opportunities, promote networks, and anticipate future potential following the autumn 2015 democratic election in Myanmar.


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.