Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding

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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;
  • The organisation and accountability of development and security institutions; and
  • Development, extractive industries and the political economy of violence.

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.