University of Chicago

Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

Overview and Mission

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Pearson Global Forum, housed at Chicago Harris, will concentrate its work in three main areas:

  1. Research to understand, prevent and resolve violent conflicts
  2. Engagement by annually convening the international policy and academic community to recognize new evidence-based approaches and policies that reduce global conflicts
  3. Education for the next generation of scholars and practitioners through new courses and programs, all designed to help resolve conflicts and inform more effective policies.

GPD’s Partnership will support students' experiential opportunities to travel abroad and learn about conflict from the perspective of those who have experienced it. These unique programs are individually designed by the Pearson Institute, using personal networks, to allow students to engage with the local community, political leaders, academics, NGOs, and many more with whom they would not otherwise be able to interact with on their own.

I am excited by the opportunity to build research agendas that I care passionately about and to reach a new audience of policymakers. There’s going to be an exciting paradigm shift in the next decade toward recognizing more fundamentally what these problems are all about. It will be very exciting for The Pearson Institute to be at the forefront of making that paradigm shift happen.

-James Robinson, Institute Director: The Pearson Institute

As the first institute of our kind, we are promoting research practices and sharing insights that will inform public policy. The Pearson Institute will fill a critical gap by identifying new strategies to reduce or mitigate global conflicts and achieve real and enduring impact by influencing policy in ways that ultimately create a world more at peace.

Annually through The Pearson Global Forum, we will also convene researchers, policymakers, security and military leaders, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, and others to consider global conflict in all its forms and discuss how empirical insights can help inform policy.

Under the leadership of James Robinson, The Pearson Institute provides an intellectual home for anyone who works on or cares about these critical global issues. We are mobilizing the best minds and the most innovative approaches and methodologies to get to the roots of violent conflict and understand how to create a world more at peace.

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