The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Hastings Donnan


At the forefront

Queen’s leads research into building a peaceful, secure and inclusive world.

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Our researchers

Under the leadership of Professor Hastings Donnan, the Institute brings together researchers from fields as diverse as Politics, Public Health, Planning and Computer Engineering.

They have a cross-national focus, including traditional and modern societies, and historical and contemporary cases.

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Transforming lives

Through research, education and civic engagement, the Mitchell Institute aims to make a difference to the lives of ordinary people.

It seeks to help those who are struggling with the aftermath of conflict by empowering them to realise fairness, justice and tolerance.

Research themes

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How do peace processes become embedded in everyday life following political and institutional settlement?

What are the mechanisms through which those involved in conflict become reconciled to the past and to one another?

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How can we embed international norms of human rights into local cultures?

What forms of global justice and ethics (economic, political, civic, gender) underpin stability?



How can we secure ‘just’ and ethical responses to a variety of security risks?

What role can new technologies play in building peace as well as providing security?


Ideology and beliefs

What insights are generated by comparison with societies undergoing similar processes of conflict transformation?

What factors enable or inhibit transformation from taking place? What is the effect of community intervention programmes across cultural media and creative arts initiatives?