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The Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit

Supporting research into conflict, violence and peacebuilding.

The Conflict and Civil Society unit builds on the work of the Civil Society and Human Security unit and was renamed in 2017 to reflect the changing focus of the research being undertaken. The core concern of the unit remains the desire to better understand the ways in which ordinary people seek to shape the decisions that affect their lives, with a particular focus on those experiencing conflict, prolonged violence, or war.   

The unit is leading a major international project examining the drivers of violent conflict in Africa and the Middle East, as well as participating in research aimed at supporting an enhanced EU capability with regard to civilian-led means of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Our projects involve collaboration with fellow academics and civil society organisations from across a wide range of countries. More details and further information can be found on the Current Projects page.

Unit staff come from varying disciplinary backgrounds including development studies, international relations, government and social policy and we also benefit from interaction with other research centres at LSE including the Middle East Centre and the Women, Peace and Security Centre.

We currently receive funding from the UK Department of International Development and the EU Horizon 2020 programme.