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Durham University

Durham Global Security Institute


One of our research specialisations in DGSI is peace mediation. Our research explores mediation from a range of perspectives, including diplomacy, multi-track mediation support and dialogue efforts, and the contested existence of an emerging ‘law of peace’. We explore the connections between local and global initiatives, as well as the institutional and policy frameworks within which mediation is practiced. A core feature of our research is a commitment to understanding and promoting inclusive mediation to respond to the changing nature of law. We research ways to enhance inclusivity through advancing women in mediation, promoting gender sensitivity in conflict analysis and process design, and by seeking to find ways to effectively link local actors to global processes.