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Conflict Analysis Research Centre

Research bridging differences

The Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Kent is a multi-disciplinary Faculty Research Centre. It is based in the School of Politics and International Relations but can draw on the expertise of other Schools such as History, Anthropology, Psychology, the School of Social Policy and Social Science Research, Law, Health Sciences, and the Kent Business School.

The aims of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre are:

  • To be a centre of excellence in the study of political conflict, developing original theory and analysis of conflicts.
  • To undertake and publish international quality research in the broad areas of peace, conflict, security and human rights.
  • To support creative approaches to the management and transformation of violent conflict.
  • To build partnerships with policy and practitioner communities with a view to connecting theory and practice.

The Conflict Analysis Research Centre was preceded by the Centre for Conflict and Peace and its forerunner the Centre for the Analysis of Conflict , which was started in 1966 as an inter-university research project working on conflict issues in Malaysia & Singapore, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and South Africa, under the guidance of pioneering academics such as John Burton, John Groom, Chris Mitchell, and Keith Webb. Hugh Miall carried on these traditions during his period as Director (2005-2012) and pushed forwards our expertise in conflict resolution and applied peace-building.

CARC’s intellectual remit is intentionally broad and multi-disciplinary and while rooted primarily within politics and international relations, its theoretical and empirical interests extend beyond these formal boundaries. The interests of CARC staff encompass peace and conflict resolution as well as security studies, critical terrorism studies and human rights research.