ONLINE WORKSHOP: Complex Systems Research in Peace and Conflict Studies
This online research workshop will bring together scholars who have been working on complex systems research in peace and conflict studies. The purpose will be to share approaches and insights, identify commonalities and contradictions, and to develop collaborations across disciplinary boundaries.
This online workshop will take place over two days, with panels on September 2nd and 3rd. Scroll down this page to see the full programme. The event will take place on Zoom. Click here to register.
Over the past decade, and in response to continuing challenges in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, progressively more scholars have identified complexity theory as a valuable tool for understanding conflict and informing peace intervention. This work, however, is diverse and disconnected, with scholars working in different disciplines, with a diversity of methods, and on many distinct cases and studying various dynamics of conflict and peace.
Based on a call for proposals we have selected 20 scholars to present ongoing research, recent publications, and working papers, and have clustered them together in 4 panels.
Authors and abstracts:
Watch this introduction to the workshop:
Thursday, 2 September, 15:00 – 17:00 (CET, Oslo)
Chair: Gearoid Millar
Claudio Alberti, Roland Dittli and Laurent Goetschel: Complexity-Oriented MEAL and Conflict Sensitivity: Learning from Complex Programs in Fragile Contexts
Sayra van den Berg and Walt Kilroy: Using Systems Thinking to Understand the Interaction between Transitional Justice and the Reintegration of Ex-Combatants
Lance Bradley: De-Facto Statehood and its Impact on Post-Conflict Rebuilding in the Donbas
Czeslaw Mesjasz: The Ideas of Complex Systems in the Works of Leading Scholars in Peace and Conflict Studies
Thursday, 2 September, 17:30 – 19:30 (CET, Oslo)
Chair: Roger Mac Ginty
Lara Olson: Getting Peacebuilding Beyond the Linear at the Operational Level
Eric Tanguay and Jinelle Piereder: Much Ado About Nothing? The Instrumentalization of Complexity and Local Ownership Rhetoric in Peacebuilding
Roger Mac Ginty: Quantum Peace and Conflict
Emery Brusset: Is Ethnographic Attribution Possible? A Possible Way to Apply Evaluation to Community Dialogue
Friday, 3 September, 15:00 – 17:00 (CET, Oslo)
Chair: Cedric de Coning
Lord John Alderdice: Conflict, Complexity and Cooperation
Stephen Gray: Power Dynamics in Peacebuilding Relationality: Vertical Integration and the Network View in Myanmar
Olga Vorkunova: Dialogue, Understanding and Misunderstanding: Peacebuilding and Complex Identity in the Trinity Sea System
Gearoid Millar: Escaping Conflict Systems: Peace Processes, Peacebuilding, and the Promise of Adjacent Attractors
Friday, 3 September, 17:30 – 19:30 (CET, Oslo)
Chair: Lara Olson
Cedric de Coning: Adaptive Mediation: Leveraging Knowledge Sharing to Make and Sustain Peace
Megan Greeley: Examining the 'How' of Adaptive Peacebuilding Praxis from a Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigm
Aviva Silburt: Complex Systems Theory as a Tool to Navigate Peacebuilding Challenges in Research and Practice: Experience from Mining Conflicts in Guatemala
David Wilkinson: The Complexity of Wars and the “Nuclear Peace”