Category Archives for "Peace and Conflict Transformation"

Learning from and with community-based and participatory action research: Constraints and adaptations in a youth-peacebuilding initiative in Haiti

Participatory action research fits well with conflict resolution and peacebuilding; it is used by scholar-practitioners as part of field-based practice efforts that contribute to transforming conflict and add to scholarly knowledge. However, as Cynthia Chataway’s analysis of a participatory action research project undertaken with the Mohawk community of Kahnawake indicated, there are considerable constraints on […]


Whose program is this? Negotiations in designing a student-initiated and student-led Jewish-Arab/Palestinian dialogue program on campus

This research examines the Nice 2 Meet U intervention program which, unlike other programs promoting dialogue between Arab/Palestinian and Jewish students on Israeli campuses, was a grassroots program initiated and moderated by students. The program was designed jointly by the initiators, the participants and the researcher/advisor using action research. The objective of the current study […]


Everyday action research for complex times: A peacebuilder’s guide

In the midst of the increasing intensity of our world, peacebuilding practice is rapidly transforming. These changes come with a growing recognition that complexity is a new type of problem that requires new approaches and responses. As conflict resolution and peacebuilding actors are increasingly adopting complexity thinking and approaches to program implementation, I propose that […]


Deconstructing positionality in conflict resolution: Reflections from first-person action research in Pakistan and the South Caucasus

This article explores the role of first-person action research in uncovering how positionality influences conflict resolution practice. Specifically, it examines the experiences of two scholar-practitioners conducting first-person action research in different conflict/post-conflict settings. The case studies include first-person action research on encounter programs with Pakistani youth and first-person action research examining peacebuilding engagement in the […]


An emerging conversation between action research and conflict transformation

This themed issue was inspired by emerging conversations between practitioners in the fields of action research and conflict transformation – a conversation that mirrored us both as guest editors. We see the potential for the approaches of each of our fields to strengthen each other’s work towards shared goals of transformation supporting social justice. Therefore, […]

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