We bring together expertise in the quantitative analysis of war and peace with specialised knowledge in the analysis of disaggregate, event and geographic data as well as field surveys and experimental research designs. We are distinctive in our scientific orientation to the study of conflict, emphasising rigorous formal theory and the development of systematic data and statistical methods for evaluating theory.
Our members provide research that can underpin evidence-based policy. We have close ties to our Department's courses in conflict resolution and international relations. We provide links between research and education by actively integrating our students in research projects.
We also host seminars, facilitate contact with other institutions and welcome academic visits.
"Few would look at the present state of the world with its poverty, violence and threats of violence with any equanimity. However, if we are to improve its working we must understand how the world works at the moment."
"Michael made wonderful use of his skills and expertise as a social scientist to explore how conflicts can be avoided or defused, without resorting to violence and bloodshed. Although Michael is no longer physically with us, his ideas on how rationality can be used to promote peace rather than war are becoming even more relevant to the contemporary world."