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Knowledge for Peace. Understanding Research, Policy, Practice Synergies

The research project 'Knowledge for Peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies' aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how research and knowledge about peace and its components are generated and how the politics of knowledge production impact policy making.

The project focuses on transitional justice processes in Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Mozambique.

Funder: Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Development Cooperation

Investigators: Prof. Laurent Goetschel, University of Basel (PI) Dr Briony Jones, WICID (Co-I and Project Lead) Dr Leben Moro, University of Juba (Co-I), Dr Gilbert Fokou, Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Cote d'Ivoire (Co-I)

Partners: swisspeace; University of Juba, Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire


Project overview:

  1. Focusing on transitional justice as a sub-field of peacebuilding, the project “Knowledge for Peace” looks at how we generate research and knowledge about peace and its components. We do this to be able to improve synergies between research, policy and practice and ultimately produce better (i.e. reliable, critical, policy relevant and useful) knowledge for peacebuilding.
  2. The team comprises senior researchers and PhD students in Switzerland, South Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire.
  3. The project involves in-depth qualitative field research in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and South Sudan on varied aspects of knowledge production: policy making; concept mobilisation by civil society and donors, models and theories; and knowledge exchange between actors.

Our focus:

  1. Our research focuses on transitional justice processes such as truth commissions, prosecutions, reparations, traditional justice, and other processes in three countries: Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Mozambique.
  2. We work with policy makers and practitioners as key stakeholders throughout the project, holding dialogue workshops and producing varied outputs: podcasts, academic papers, discussion forums, and policy briefs.