Research Projects

Project funded by NVO-WOTRO, 2016-2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Final Report: Download.


Mazen Gharibah, Bahjat Hajjar, Leila Hilal, Martina Santschi, Mazhar Sharbaji, Corinne von Burg, 2017

Perceptions of Governance - The Experience of Local Administrative Councils in Opposition-held Syria

Bern: swisspeace & LACU. Full report (English), Abstract (English), Full report (Arabic), Abstract (Arabic)


Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2016 - 2020

Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice

The swisspeace Dealing with the Past Program is a partner of this interdisciplinary research project conducted by the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. The project examines the meanings and functions of the right to truth in contexts of persistent impunity. More information.


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

Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies

The research project “Knowledge for Peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies” aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how research and knowledge about peace and its components are generated and how the politics of knowledge production impact policy making. The project focuses on transitional justice processes in Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Mozambique. It is conducted by swisspeace, the University of Juba and the "Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire". 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). Website


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.


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Current PhD Projects (Selection)

Norms in international peace mediation, by Jamie Pring
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The role of mediators in norms diffusion focusing on Myanmar and the Philippines, by Julia Palmiano Federer
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Anti-corruption agencies and statebuilding: effects of anti-corruption institutions on post-conflict statebuilding with a focus on Nepal, by Sergio Gemperle
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