Peacemaking Research Areas

Peacemaking Scholarship and Research

Peacemaking Research AreasPeace research is interdisciplinary in nature and requires efforts at the intersection of traditional and emerging disciplines.

"Peacemaking" or "peacebuilding" are best used as a methodological lens through which academics and practitioners can integrate key principles of peacemaking into their work, teaching, and research.

Developing solutions to pressing issues by looking at the intersections of traditional disciplines with a peacemaking lens leads to the development of more stable and resilient communities and societies.

While the areas listed in the graphic represent the most common peace research areas, this list is not all-encompassing. Your research and contributions can help to develop new and emerging peace research areas.

Text and graphic adapted from Peacebuilding 2.0: Mapping the Boundaries of an Expanding Field by the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Center for Peacemaking Priority Research Areas

The Center for Peacemaking identified the following research areas as priorities for advancing peacemaking scholarship at Marquette:

  1. The process of healing and reconciliation after the use of violence (random, terror, sexual, premeditated, military).
  2. The reasons for the success or failure of peace agreements and accords in building nonviolent peaceful communities.
  3. Reasons for the success or failure of nonviolent social movements.
  4. Best practices for teaching about peace and conflict resolution.
  5. The role of religion and ethnic sources as a motivator for the expansion or the incitement to violence.
  6. The role of economic, governmental and international organizations (UN, EU, WHO, etc.) policy in promoting peace.
  7. The use (positive or negative) of communication, technology and social media to influence perceptions of peacemaking, of the identities of the "other" or of violence.
  8. The effect of language and advertising in cultural values and ethics toward gender or ethnic perceptions.
  9. The efficacy of peacemaking and conflict resolution in schools, the workplace, the government or international conflicts.
  10. Role of literature and entertainment influencing society's attitudes toward social welfare, justice and violence.
  11. Research related to the reduction of violence against women, including evaluations of efforts by health care and social service providers to reduce familial and societal violence in at-risk populations.
  12. The effects of environmental degradation on regional conflict and migration and methods of promoting sustainable use of resources.
  13. The impact of handgun availability on interpersonal conflict and community health in Milwaukee.
  14. The impact of violence prevention and community organizing on community efficacy and neighborhood development in Milwaukee.