The Institutions for Sustainable Peace Research Team examines the drivers of peace from a variety of angles, considering transformational processes in relation to both formal and informal institutions. The researchers assess which institutional arrangements help promote peace (such as power-sharing governments, security sector reform, transitional justice arrangements) and in what ways international, national, and local actors affect such processes. The team also investigates informal institutions and processes that create, foster, or obstruct peace. These include a multiplicity of non-state actors and alternatives to liberal forms of peacebuilding.
Conceptually, the research team engages with ideas from different parts of the world, expanding current definitions of conflict, victory, local peace, and security – among others. The increasingly transnational nature of violence, conflict, and peacemaking is analysed by an interdisciplinary team that conducts research at the international, regional, national, and subnational levels of analysis, using both quantitative and qualitative comparative approaches. Scholars from the research team have conducted fieldwork in places as diverse as Cote d’Ivoire, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Peru, Syria, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste.