A World More at Peace

Why do some nations create wealth while others fall into abject poverty?

Why do groups fight, and why do they choose specific forms of fighting?

What strategies prove most effective in helping those affected by violent conflict heal their wounds and live more at peace?

Over the past decade, public policymakers have asked for tighter links between empirical research and policymaking. They recognize that complex, multifaceted conflicts require policy informed by multidisciplinary study, rigorous data-driven research, and sophisticated analysis.

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 public 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 public policy.

Under the leadership of James Robinson, The Pearson Institute can become the 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.

At the end of 2015, 1 in every 113 people–65.3 million–was a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. This humanitarian crisis is greater than any since World War II.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Connecting Research and Policy

How can societies around the world measurably reduce global conflict and its devastating impact? The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts is confronting this challenge head-on.

The Pearson Institute seeks to understand the complex causes and consequences of conflict by mobilizing the best minds and the most innovative tools and technology to get to the roots of terrorism. In the shadow of continued attacks in this country and those abroad, this effort is about identifying how terrorism is spawned, and how it grows and spreads.

We’re building a research community of preeminent scholars from multiple disciplines who are applying the latest scientific methodologies to understand and address the complex mix of economic, political, religious, cultural, and psychological variables that fuel conflict and the damage it inflicts on countries, communities, and individuals.

Through The Pearson Global Forum, we’re bridging the gap between research and policy by convening academics and policymakers to discuss how evidence-based public policies can help prevent and resolve conflicts.

And we’re helping new generations of conflict scholars and policymakers to acquire the skills they need to ask relevant questions, challenge the status quo, and design solutions that work.

Situated within the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum are the preeminent destinations for those who care about creating a world more at peace. We continue to attract world-class faculty, gifted students, and policymakers who understand the benefits of basing public policy and humanitarian aid decisions on rigorous, evidence-based research. 

Afghan Girls Juggling.

AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 2016: Girls practice juggling in Afghanistan.