Introducing our 'Stories' Feature

The Political Settlements Research Programme has commissioned a series of ‘Stories’ from established journalists to synthesise what we do and to draw out links between and findings from our diverse set of research projects.

PSRP produces a large body of work ranging from academic articles and books to policy reports to its flagship dataset, the PA-X Peace Agreements Database, and its innovative data visualisations as part of Edinburgh PeaceTech. Our work is carried out by a consortium of organisations that is spread across the world, working in different fields including academia, conflict resolution, and peace-building.

PSRP Stories offers a new route into the work that we do. These Op-Ed articles from professional journalists tackle the big ideas from our work, offering a voice to our researchers and opportunity to outline the broad findings from our interlinking research projects. We will continue to commission further Stories as Phase II of the PSRP progresses.

Peacebuilding through Technology: Crafting Digital Platforms to Facilitate Peace

This story, by journalist and the University of Edinburgh’s Head of News, Ronald Kerr, outlines the role of emerging technologies in peacebulding, and looks at how technological innovation – traditionally a key agent in the theatre of war – is now playing a vital role in imaginative efforts to advance peace. Read the Peacebuilding through Technology story in full.

Data for Peace: Charting Thirty Years of Human Ingenuity in Ending Conflict

This story, by journalist and the University of Edinburgh’s Head of News, Ronald Kerr, looks at peace agreements and the research the PSRP team has been doing with the PA-X Database. In preparation for the piece, Ronald interviewed PSRP researchers to draw out key findings from PA-X and why these are important. Read the Data for Peace story in full.

Gender Perspectives in Peace Processes

This story, by author and journalist, Susan McKay, considers PSRP’s research into the links between conflict, gender, and gender-based violence, and how building an inclusive peace – one that includes meaningful participation from women – is a process that doesn’t end with the signing of an agreement. Susan takes Northern Ireland as an example, drawing on her own professional background to contextualise PSRP’s work. Read the Gender Perspectives story in full.

Our Stories sit alongside a number of established routes into our work, including through:

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