Over the past decade, and in response to continuing challenges in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, progressively more scholars have identified complexity theory as a valuable tool for understanding conflict and informing peace intervention. This work, however, is diverse and disconnected, with scholars working in different disciplines, with a diversity of methods, and on many distinct cases and studying various dynamics of conflict and peace. This online research workshop will bring together scholars who have been working on complex systems research in peace and conflict studies. The purpose is to share approaches and insights, identify commonalities and contradictions, and to develop collaborations across disciplinary boundaries. Ideally the workshop will inspire collaborative publications, panels and roundtables at research conferences, and future research projects to push forward complex systems approaches within the field. Based on a call for proposals we have selected 20 scholars to present ongoing research, recent publications, and working papers, and have clustered them together in 4 panels.
The workshop is hosted by Gearoid Michael Millar with the University of Aberdeen and Cedric De Coning with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.