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?

Policymakers are seeking tighter links between empirical research and policymaking, recognizing that complex, multifaceted conflicts require policy informed by multidisciplinary study, rigorous data-driven research, and sophisticated analysis.

At The Pearson Institute, we identify new strategies to reduce or mitigate global conflicts and seek to 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 convene researchers, policymakers, practitioners, students, civil society members, and others to consider global conflict in all its forms and discuss how empirical insights can help inform policy.

Under the leadership of James A. Robinson, The Pearson Institute provides an intellectual home for those dedicated to these critical global issues. By mobilizing the best minds and employing the most innovative approaches and methodologies, The Pearson Institute is dedicated to understanding the roots of violent conflict.

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 seeks to confront 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.

Our community of researchers is comprised 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.

We equip new generations of conflict scholars and policymakers with 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 destinations for those who care about creating a world more at peace.