The MLitt and MPhil in Peacebuilding and Mediation critically explore the relationship between formal and official peacebuilding and mediation initiatives and informal, unofficial, and community-based efforts. Students will: analyse bottom-up and top-down approaches to conflict mediation; conceptualise peace and its relationship to violence; analyse relationships between formal institutions of peacebuilding and parallel informal or unofficial processes; identify key actors involved in peacebuilding and mediation efforts; engage with bottom-up approaches to building peace; explore feminist and decolonial critiques of formal peace processes; and, critically engage with temporalities and spaces of peace and violence.
The MLitt in Peacebuilding and Mediation is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations. The MPhil is a two-year taught postgraduate programme. The programmes showcase the School’s world-leading research strengths in the broad field of peace and conflict studies, including in peacebuilding and mediation of conflict.