A World More at Peace

Why do some nations create wealth while others fall into 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, 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 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.

Nearly one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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 these issues.

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 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 policy and humanitarian aid decisions on rigorous, evidence-based research. 

Black soldier carrying gun in open field

Black soldier carrying gun in open field. 

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