The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a Global Research Institute (GRI).
A flagship for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge, the GRI brings together excellent researchers from a wide range of disciplines to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age.
Questions about peace, security and justice dominate the discourse of governments, international agencies and civil society.
How can societies emerging from conflict resolve lingering grievances? How can they establish peace on a daily basis? How can the competing demands of justice, peace and security be resolved? The GRI responds to the challenge of building a peaceful, secure and inclusive world, bringing together the unparalleled expertise at Queen’s on these issues.
"I believe there’s no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. No matter how ancient the conflict, no matter how hateful, no matter how hurtful, peace can prevail."
The Institute is distinctive internationally in linking peace-making with social transformation.
It gives attention to the need for governance reform of state institutions alongside cultural and social processes for healing in society.
Under the leadership of Hastings Donnan, the Institute brings together researchers from Politics, Mental Health, Planning and Computer Engineering, with a cross-national focus.
This focus includes traditional and modern societies, and historical and contemporary cases. Through research, education and civic engagement, the Mitchell Institute aims to make a difference to the lives of ordinary people who are struggling with the aftermath of conflict by empowering them to realise fairness, justice and tolerance.