WE ARE ON A MISSION
To understand and address the causes and consequences of conflict.
Founded in 1992, our core belief has always been that people can overcome deep-seated conflict, injustice, and oppression.
More inclusive democracies. Nonviolent cooperation. Respect for differences. All depend on the human brain.
Problem-driven: We work backwards from the observable problem and find the best fitting evidence-driven solution.
Conflict-sensitive: We treat people affected by conflict and injustice and always apply a “do no harm” approach.
Locally-led: We partner with local organizations, actively furthering knowledge transfer, and local ownership.
Rigorous, open science: We use rigorous methods to assess the success or failure of our work, and openly share results.
OUR THEMATIC AREAS
Preventing Identity-based Violence
How people think — not just what they think — can shape pro- or anti-social intergroup behaviors during conflict. Through collaboration between peacebuilders and social and behavioral scientists, we weave this learning into designing evidenced-based innovations that improve attitudes and behaviors between conflicting groups.
Democracy is under threat, but how far we allow democratic norms to erode depends on psychological drivers that science is just beginning to explore. We use novel approaches to secure the legitimacy of democratic norms, strengthen movements for social change, and address identity-based polarization.
Promoting Psychological and Social Repair
Trauma and chronic stress are underrecognized influences on community and political violence through their effects on individual neurobiology, intergroup perceptions, and cultural and political norms. We design, test, and scale trauma-informed approaches to conflict resolution, social cohesion, and mitigating violent extremism.
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