New research projects

Four new projects with start on April 1st 2022 at or with participation of PRIF

[Translate to English:] Rope burn (Photo: Mary and Andrew via flickr CC by 2.0)

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Within the frame­work of the fun­ding line for streng­then­ing peace and con­flict re­search in Ger­many, the Federal Mi­nistry of Educat­ion and Re­search (BMBF) is fun­ding three new pro­jects, each with a du­ration of four years: 

Regional Research Center Trans­formations of Poli­tical Vio­lence (TraCe)

The inten­sity of con­flicts world­wide has in­creased, globa­lization and techno­logical change en­able new forms of war­like and terrorist vio­lence. Trans­formations of poli­tical vio­lence challenge exist­ing norms and prac­tices. The Re­gional Re­search Center "Trans­formations of Poli­tical Vio­lence" in­vesti­gates stra­tegies to con­tain poli­tical vio­lence under these chang­ing con­ditions, as well as their inter­pretations and patterns of justifi­cation. PRIF is in­volved in the colla­borative pro­ject with Goethe Uni­versity Frankfurt, Justus Liebig Uni­versity Giessen, Philipps Uni­versity Marburg and the Technical University of Darmstadt with Christopher Daase as co-speaker and Nicole Deitelhoff, Sabine Mannitz, Thilo Marauhn, Hanna Pfeifer and Jonas Wolff as Princi­pal In­vesti­gators.

CBW Network (CBWNet)

Standards a­gainst che­mical and bio­logical wea­pons have come un­der in­creas­ing pressure over the past two de­cades, for example, due to the re­peated use of che­mical wea­pons in Syria. The CBWNet colla­bora­tive pro­ject aims to iden­tify ways in which these norms can be compre­hensi­vely streng­thened a­gain. The sub-project "Com­pliance and En­forcement of CBW Pro­hibition Norms" is being led by Una Jakob at PRIF. PRIF is co­operat­ing in the joint pro­ject with the Berlin office of the In­stitute for Peace Re­search and Security Policy (IFSH) at the Uni­versity of Ham­burg, the Pro­fessor­ship of Public Law and Inter­national Law at the Justus Liebig Uni­versity in Giessen, and the Carl Friedrich von Weiz­säcker Cen­ter for Science and Peace Re­search (ZNF) at the Uni­versity of Ham­burg.

African Non-military Con­flict Inter­vention Prac­tices (ANCIP)

"African Non-Military Con­flict Inter­vention Prac­tices" (ANCIP) is a com­petence net­work that aims to streng­then exper­tise on non-mili­tary prac­tices of Afri­can ac­tors in the field of peace and se­curity. In the com­petence net­work, re­searchers from the Uni­versity of Leipzig, the Uni­versity of Duisburg-Essen and PRIF will colla­bo­rate with an ex­tended net­work of inter­national partners in Europe and Africa. The team at PRIF, con­sisting of Antonia Witt, Dimpho Deleglise and Jonas Schaaf, is con­tribut­ing two sub-studies to the colla­bora­tive pro­ject, dealing with the role of special envoys on the one hand and civil society actors on the other.

Dealing with Contes­tations and Back­lashes of Gender Equality in Peace­building

The project "Dealing with Con­testat­ions and Back­lashes of Gen­der Equality in Peace­building" has also started on April 1st. The pilot pro­ject by Simone Wisotzki and Victoria Scheyer brings to­gether diffe­rent strands of feminist re­search and ex­plores the question of how key stake­holders im­plement­ing gender-sensitive human rights in peace­building deal with re­sis­tance and back­lashes. The pilot pro­ject is funded by the German Foun­dation for Peace Re­search (DSF).