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Our Disciplines: Peace Studies

From the role of religion in violence and peace to the international politics of human trafficking, find out how our Peace Studies research engages with the critical global issues of today.

Our research in the discipline of Peace Studies examines the causes and consequences of war and armed conflict, so we can understand how to achieve sustainable peace. The approach of Peace Studies is interdisciplinary, and can draw upon political science, international relations, philosophy, religious studies, history, sociology and ethics. This interdisciplinary approach supports students in engaging critically with the social, political and economic issues associated with peace, conflict and violence.

Peace Studies combines rigorous academic study with the practical dimension of working for sustainable peace in situations of protracted conflict through training in mediation and conflict resolution, field trips, internships with NGOs and other agencies, and guest lectures from experienced peace practitioners. We do this work at the main Trinity College campus in Dublin, our campus in Belfast, and globally.

Our discipline is engaged in research on a wide variety of themes related to the core interests of the School in ecumenical theology, intercultural theology and inter-religious studies (especially Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism); peacebuilding, non-violent theory and praxis, conflict resolution and reconciliation. These include topics such as the role of religion in violence and peace, the international politics of human trafficking, geopolitics and identity politics, cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue on God, international intervention in ethnic conflict, theological engagement with religious fundamentalism, and truth, memory and justice in post-conflict societies.