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

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

Project funded by the GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG, 2014-2016

Security, Rebel Governance and the State in North Kivu, DRC (2006-2013)

In this project, swisspeace senior researcher Didier Péclard studies civil wars as seen as part and parcel of historical processes of state formation. He looks at how state institutions survive once war has broken out, but also takes into account the institutions put in place in areas beyond the control of the state, especially in those controlled by rebel movements. The case study focuses on security provision in North Kivu between 2006 and 2013. More information.

Project funded by the GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG, 2014-2015

Land Governance and Conflict Resolution in South Sudan

With this project, swisspeace researcher Martina Santschi, in collaboration with the University of Durham (UK), seeks to understand pastoralist conflicts and boundary disputes in South Sudan by locating these in broader questions of changing land rights and value. In particular, the project studies the question of how far this changing land economy is an underlying factor in disputes and conflicts in very different regions of South Sudan. More information.

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, including a case study on Tanzania, is jointly implemented by swisspeace, Helvetas and the Institute for Development Studies

11-12 December 2014

Role of local business in post-war Sri Lanka

Rina Alluri presented a paper at the Sri Lanka Roundtable organized by the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.