This research agenda highlights the everyday cultural and social processes for healing in conflict affected societies in addition to the more conventional focus on political structures and institutions taken by other institutes researching conflict and peacebuilding.
Our research programme is challenge-led, addressing key issues:
- How can societies emerging from conflict resolve lingering grievances?
- How can peace be built and sustained on an everyday basis?
- How can the competing demands of justice, peace and security be reconciled?
Our researchers have established sustained research relationships with a wide range of in-country partners in, for example, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, DRC, Sri Lanka, Assam, Afghanistan, Colombia, Cambodia, Turkey, Basque Country, Australia, Israel/Palestine and Syria.
We host regular workshops, conferences and civic conversations which encourage participation from all sections of society. Our civic engagement strongly enhances the impact of our research.
Our Fellows work closely with national and international agencies across the public and voluntary sectors. This includes amongst others, the United Nations, the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Northern Ireland Office, the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid, the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies, the Embassy of Finland and Christian Aid.
The many conferences and events hosted by The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute aim to foster open and critical discussions about the challenges of uniting war-torn communities.
Recent events include:
- Twenty Years of Peace, part of a series of conversations about pursuing progress in Northern Ireland, held at Yale University in the United States.
- Building Peace: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 20 Years On, which united key figures from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
- Global Conflict: The Human Impact, co-ordinated in partnership with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago to address the human cost of violent conflict.
- The annual Harri Holkeri Lecture series at Queen’s, with recent guest speakers including Michael D Higgins and former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern