In cooperation with Berghof Foundation

Knowledge for a complex world? Rethinking the roles of peace research and peace education 

Climate change, the global pandemic, and protracted violent conflicts stress the need to rethink the ways of providing peace and security. While politicians are asked to react to these complex challenges, there is a great necessity to critically evaluate knowledge production and dissemination on conflict-related topics: What is the role of peace education and peace research for politics and society? How can we adapt established ways of teaching and learning peace? And how can peace and security research contribute to a better understanding of the root causes of conflict and identify ways towards more peaceful societies?

In this online panel discussion, peace education experts and peace researchers will initiate a dialogue on how both disciplines can find joint ways to cope with these new challenges. While using different methods, both peace education and peace research share a common interest: They work to develop ways to address conflicts and insecurities. This event will focus on strategies to bridge the often-observed gap between scholarly analysis and real-world practice. At a time when challenges to peace and security are becoming increasingly complex and entangled, this seems an ever more pressing necessity.

We are looking very much forward to involving you into the discussion. Please send us your questions via email .


Opening remarks:

  • Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation
  • Ursula Schröder, Director and Head of the Research Area European Peace and Security Orders, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH )

Panel discussion:

  • Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Professor at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
  • Norbert Frieters-Reermann, Professor for Education Science, Catholic University, Aachen 
  • Tony Jenkins, Managing Director of the International Institute on Peace Education and Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education
  • Elvira Rosert, Junior Professor, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH)

Moderated by: Uli Jäger, Head of Department Global Learning for Conflict Transformation (Berghof Foundation) and Holger Niemann, Advisor to the Director (IFSH)

Reflection: Anne Kruck, Advisor Global Learning for Conflict Transformation, Berghof Foundation


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About the event

This event will take place in English. 

This event is organised by the Berghof Foundation and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). Both institutions were founded in 1971 and are celebrating 50 years of working at the intersection of peace and conflict research, practice, education, and knowledge transfer.