Conflict Research Workshop

‘Doing Research in and on Conflict-Affected Areas’ 8 June 2022, University of Birmingham and online

The aim of the workshop is to bring together academics and practitioners with a shared interest in discussing – and making plans for – how our respective communities can improve the methods and practices by which knowledge about armed conflict is generated and then used in responding to conflict.

Workshop sessions will be organised around three themes: Research Priorities (to include, for example, discussions on identifying knowledge/evidence gaps; convergence and divergence in academic and donor/government priorities; exploring possible joint projects/collaborations between participants), Ethics, Risk and Accountability (e.g. risk aversion in universities and the ‘securitisation’ of fieldwork; working with local partners in conflict zones; the ethics and risks of collecting conflict data; applying research findings in ongoing conflicts), and Training and Preparing for Research in Conflict-Affected Areas (e.g. training PhDs; ongoing professional development for conflict researchers; sharing best practices within and between different professional communities).

To supplement the in-person workshop, there will be an online expert panel discussion on the same day which will be open to all (more details to follow soon). Experts from different professional fields with experience in different aspects of conflict-related research will be invited to speak on the workshop themes by giving a brief presentation and taking part in a Q&A/discussion.