Podcast: Fragile Truths: The Mental Landscape When Living Amidst Violence (April 2023, English).
Interview: Die Zeit, Serie: ‘Worüber denken Sie gerade nach?‘, (April 1, 2023, German).
Podcast: New Books Network with Dr Miranda Melcher, (March 2023, English).
Review: From Poverty to Power Blog by Duncan Green (March 21, 2023, English).
Article: welt-sichten: ‘Frieden lässt sich so nicht schaffen‘ (February 2023, German)
Lives Amid Violence argues that the mental models that underpin international engagement in situations of violent conflict need to change. Is this possible?
Can a new mental model help to change the practice of international development in situations of violent conflict?
Please share your responses and thoughts here:
Dr Gary Milante,
Michael L. Ross,
The critical importance of this books is captured in its main question: ‘how humans live in the shadow of violence’. This substantial question is taken further by several other questions that are framing the analysis: how do we, as researchers and policy actors, know? Do we have the relevant conceptual and cognitive apparatus to deal with many of the policy challenges and failures people experience in their lives. These questions are providing much needed critical evaluation of international development policies used in post-conflict contexts. The central contribution of this critical-context analytical approach is the way it is centred on those people who are at the receiving end of these policies in different contexts, and whether their experience-based knowledge is part of the international policy thinking.
This is a must-read for those who are interested in the intersections of conflict/violence, international development policy and people’s wellbeing. The book is based on significant research knowledge and policy experiences within multiple development policy contexts. It provides theoretically informed critical analysis of development policy practice in different and differentiated conflict/post conflict contexts.
The SLRC was a pioneering research project: the best researchers of the day applied truly innovative approaches to yield exceptionally valuable results, and very valuable conclusions. Their work offers lessons which should advice military stabilization operations, diplomacy in conflict-affected states, development work, and international relations more broadly. This book chronicles the most significant research programme on conflict for a decade. Very highly recommended.
Iain King, Author/Director, NATO Mission Iraq/ former Head of Conflict Research, DFID