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Research

Research

PaCSIA is engaged in policy-relevant applied research. Our research aims to be of practical relevance for the peaceful and sustainable development of people and communities. We aim for a dynamic research-practice relationship, as well as at forging strong meaningful links with communities and people who are not the ‘objects’ of our research, but partners in cross-cultural exchanges of experiences. Given our regional focus on the Pacific Island Region, maritime South East Asia and Australia, we are highly aware of the necessity of a culturally sensitive dialogical and self-reflexive research approach.
Our research focuses on the causes of violent conflict, on conflict prevention, conflict transformation and peacebuilding at the sub-national and local level of societies. We have a particular interest in the interface and interaction of local Indigenous and introduced Western forms of knowing about conflict and peace, and of shaping political community in post-colonial and post-conflict situations.
We trace the processes of hybridization of conflict transformation and political order in so-called fragile environments. Accordingly, our research is cross-disciplinary and deliberately transcends the boundaries of disciplines that limit conventional Western academic ways of thinking about conflict and peace. We are strongly convinced of the necessity and value of fieldwork and qualitative research methods.
PaCSIA has a cohesive team of engaged scholars with long standing experience in a wide range of peace research projects, whose empirical, theoretical and conceptual contributions to research as well as research-based policy advice are nationally and internationally recognized. Internationally, PaCSIA is a node in a strong and viable network of research institutions and has an excellent reputation as a partner in international collaboration.

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