Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding


The CCDP is the Graduate Institute’s focal point for research in the areas of conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and the complex relationships between security and development. Its research projects focus on the factors and actors that are implicated in the production and reproduction of violence within and between societies and states, as well as on policies and practices to reduce violence and insecurity and enhance development and peacebuilding initiatives at the international, state, and local levels.

The overarching research concerns of the CCDP are reflected in four main research streams:

  • Peacebuilding, reconciliation and the transformation of conflict;
  • Community policing and informal security provision, particularly in urban settings;
  • Development, extractive industries and the political economy of violence;
  • The organisation and accountability of development and security institutions.

These streams are inherently interconnected, and specific research projects are consciously framed in such as a way as to maximise disciplinary and methodological collaboration across them.

CCDP project outcomes are disseminated via multiple channels including lectures, seminars and practitioner briefings; succinct in-house publications targeting specific audiences; academic journal articles; book-length contributions in its Studies in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (Routledge); online databases; and curriculum development for training modules.

The CCDP systematically seeks to promote knowledge transfers between research and policy, and between the global North and South.