Peace Talks from PSRP: New Webinar Series on Peace and Conflict

Peace Talks from PSRP: Webinar Series on Peace and Conflict

Join the Political Settlements Research Programme and special guests for a series of webinars featuring insights into our current research on peace and conflict.

All webinars will be held over Zoom, with registration links emailed to participants ahead of the event. More information and registration details for each event are available in the event listings linked below.

Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19

Friday 9 October 2020

On 23 March 2020, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate global ceasefire, in order to tackle the threat of Covid-19 in fragile and conflict-affected areas. In this event, we present insights from USIP and PSRP research tracking the causes and consequences of ceasefires declared during the Covid-19 pandemic and reflect on the potential of ceasefires to lead to a more sustainable peace process.

Featuring special guest Tyler Thompson, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and PSRP’s Dr Sanja Badanjak and Laura Wise.

Register for Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19 on Eventbrite.


A Quick Start Guide to the Power of PA-X

Thursday 12 November 2020

In this webinar, PSRP’s Dr Sanja Badanjak and the PA-X coding team will introduce the PA-X Peace Agreements Database and demonstrate its potential for exploring and interpreting 30 years of peace agreements from around the world.


Introduction to the Amnesties, Conflict and Peace Agreement Database

Monday 16 November 2020

In this webinar, Prof Louise Mallinder of Queens University Belfast will introduce the new Amnesties, Conflict and Peace Agreement Database (ACPA) that she has created in conjunction with PSRP. ACPA covers amnesties that were granted during ongoing conflicts, as part of peace negotiations, or in post-conflict periods beween 1990-2016. Prof Mallinder’s presentation will use the findings from this database to demonstrate the diversity in how and why amnesties are used in response to conflict and to explore how choices within amnesty design can complement inclusive peacebuilding.


Why Local Peace Agreements Matter

Thursday 3 December 2020, 13:00-14:00 GMT

This event will examine what we can learn from local peace agreements about what conflict landscapes look like, and to what extent our conceptualisations of armed conflict work. We will look at a case study of local agreements in Syria, with a focus on how particular they are from national agreements but also how ‘local’ they actually are in the context of a complex nested conflict, and then look at additional examples of local agreements from Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa. Featuring PSRP’s Dr Juline Beaujouan, Robert Wilson, and Dr Jan Pospisil from the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Register now.

PeaceTech and Data4Peace: What are we learning? (14 January 2021)

Thursday 14 January 2021, 13:00-14:00 GMT

Join us as we explore the growing field of PeaceTech, an interdisciplinary field using emerging technologies to build digital platforms for peacebuilding. This introductory event will draw on PSRP’s work and partnership to offer key insights and learnings from the PeaceTech team at the University of Edinburgh, including:

  • What is PeaceTech? How can technology help facilitate inclusive peace, and what is the new potential regarding data analysis?
  • Data on peace processes: What are the new possibilities for data collection, analysis, and connectivity: what can we do with data on peace and conflict now that we couldn’t do 10 years ago?
  • What types of interdisciplinary and research-practice-tech teams are needed to produce effective PeaceTech projects?
  • What lessons have we learned about designing an effective collaborative PeaceTech project in the ‘data’ space?

Featuring Prof Christine Bell, Dr Sanja Badanjak, Dr Devanjan Bhattacharya, and Fiona Knäussel from the Political Settlements Research Programme, with special guest Dr Benjamin Bach, Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualization at the Bayes Centre, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, as event chair.

 Register now.

Conflict, Peace & Covid-19

Thursday 11 February 2021, 13:00-14:00 BST

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable and conflict-affected states. In this webinar, learn more about PSRP’s research into the nexus between conflict and Covid-19. Featuring PSRP’s Dr Kathryn Nash, Dr. Juline Beaujouan, and Robert Wilson.


Three forms of power-sharing and their relationship to inclusion of non-dominant groups

Thursday 11 March 2021, 13:00-14:00 BST

This webinar will examine the relationship between power-sharing and inclusion of non-dominant groups, and will use PA-X data to demonstrate how peace agreements provide for above-average inclusion of women, girls, and gender. Featuring PSRP’s Dr Kevin McNicholl.