Our Signature Research Theme focuses on conflict reduction and resolution. It studies historical and contemporary forms of conflict and violence as well as modes of response, ranging from security practices and technological innovations to legal and moral traditions of human rights and humanitarianism. Specific areas of interest include:
- causes and consequences of social conflicts, and their effects on individuals, groups and societies
- legal, institutional, and cultural approaches to addressing conflicts and rights abuses
- contributing factors to systemic human rights abuses and discrimination
- concepts and practices of humanitarianism and human rights
- governance and security challenges and their relationship to structural violence
- social, ethical and political issues in policies and technologies of (cyber) security
- technological and institutional innovations that have reduced conflict by addressing social exclusion and inequality.