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Transforming Conflict

The Transforming Conflict Research theme is led by Professor Peter Shirlow FaCSS

The University of Liverpool has a sustained and important record of research, teaching and civic leadership that concerns the challenges and values of supporting, developing and sustaining conflict transformation. This research theme draws on work on conflict transformation and social justice, within its many forms as found at the University. It aims to also strengthen that commitment through developing a more inter-disciplinary research and teaching environment. Our work supports post-conflict settlement, inter-community partnership, victim-recognition and aims to influence better attuned and more socially just policy engagement.

The research theme provides a site for various forms of conflict and conflict transformation work to be explored (drama, broadcasting, inter-community dialogue, anti-violence strategies and leadership development) and creates a unique place tied to the internationalisation of conflict transformation and social justice.

University staff have extensive experience in working within communities, and with practitioners and policy-makers across a range of spatial scales that include private space, domestic and international arenas. This has included work on political violence, intimate partner violence, state v state violence, state and society, policing and society, sectarianism, military response, refugees, restorative justice, environment, heritage, memory, transitional justice and theories of conflict. That has developed around peace-building, conflict transformation models the encouragement of social justice, tolerance and mutual respect. That extensive global experience is both academic and practitioner based. 

Colleagues can visit the theme intranet page here.

Learn why Liverpool is an ideal city for studying conflict transformation and meet some of the academics whose research is helping to shape the research theme's work.