Greetings from AC4 Research Coordinator, Nathanael Andreini
Thank you for tuning in to the AC4
Monthly Newsletter. With the hot and humid days behind us, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our productive summer.
First, we had the pleasure of accompanying the 2013 AC4 Scholarship Recipients
to the annual International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) conference in Tacoma, Washington in June. Along with the Scholarship Recipients, several AC4
staff members participated in the conference--Nicholas Redding, Kyong Mazzaro and Christianna Gozzi spoke about the challenges and opportunities of balancing micro and macro approaches to research during a roundtable discussion; our Post-Doctoral Fellow, Joshua Fisher, presented his research on the ecological correlates of armed conflict; and AC4
Co-Director, Beth Fisher-Yoshida, presented her research: “Making better social worlds: Interrupting patterns of destructive conflict".
From July 8-12, the Dynamical Systems (DST) Innovation Lab
was convened in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to employ new insights and methods from complexity science, dynamical systems and network theory to study and address violence, conflict and sustainable peace. The Lab provided an environment to share leading edge ideas, methods, and practices across a diverse group of 32 scholars and practitioners
to inspire and support work in this area. A key element of the Lab included collaboration with Sheboygan community leaders to consider issues of local concern such as homelessness, changing community populations, and economic development.
In other news, Peter T. Coleman, and Joshua Fisher launched a new research agenda that will draw on the expertise and resources of the Earth Institute faculty, centers and institutes to build a unified theory of Sustainable Human Development
(SHD), inclusive of its most fundamental human, societal, and environmental dynamics. The initiative will incorporate theory development with case study analysis and empirical research to test and refine the parameters of SHD, and thereby build knowledge on the essential elements of sustainability.
and the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) have been working on a series of initiatives organized around the idea of Problem-solving in The Arab World
. Under the broad umbrella of constructive engagement, the objectives of this project are to publish and distribute scientific, evidence-based resources on sustainable peace in Arabic and English; to create joint educational offerings and opportunities to share knowledge gained through decades of research and practice; and to support research collaboration opportunities under the leadership of an international Strategic Council on Constructive Engagement lead by both English and Arabic-speaking eminent scholar-practitioners in the field.
We hope you continue to visit the AC4
website and contribute to our growing community. There are many events and ways to engage and we welcome your participation. Come join us and Register
now for the second annual Sustainable Peace
conference on October 24!