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    1. 2. <ul><li>Programme rationale </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Progress so far </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>Most conflict research, and programmes of conflict resolution, prevention and mediation are driven by regional, national and international perspectives </li></ul><ul><li> At a fundamental level, conflict originates from people’s behaviour and how they interact with society and their environment </li></ul>1. Rationale
    3. 4. Unanswered questions <ul><li>Who are these people? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do they get affected by violence? In what way? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they part of the conflict? What led them into it? </li></ul>
    4. 5. 2. Main Purpose <ul><li>Advance the field of conflict analysis through micro level, multidisciplinary approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>understanding individual and group interactions leading to and resulting from violent mass conflicts (full conflict cycle) </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Better informed domestic, regional and international conflict policy, which places individuals and groups at the centre of interventions </li></ul>
    5. 6. MICROCON A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict <ul><li>EC-funded; Integrated Project; Project Coordinator: IDS </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented over 5 years (2007-2011) </li></ul><ul><li>30 research projects; 60 named researchers; 14 disciplines; data from 40 countries </li></ul>
    6. 7. 3. The Consortium Rest of the World Canada: University of British Columbia South Africa: U niversity of Cape Town India: Institute for Human Development Uganda: Makerere University Kyrgyzstan: Centre for Economic and Social Research United States: Tufts University Yale University Colombia : Universidad de los Andes Europe Belgium: Centre for European Policy Studies Université Catholique du Louvain Ghent University Free University of Brussels (VUB) Norway: Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies Bulgaria: International Collaboration Institute Affiliated to the German Public Universities Association – Sofia Branch Portugal: University of Lisbon France: University of Rouen Romania: Institute of Agricultural Economics Germany: German Institute for Economic Research United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security Spain: University of Alicante Italy: Institute of International Affairs UK: Institute of Development Studies Poverty Research Unit, Sussex University of Oxford The Netherlands: Institute of Social Studies
    7. 8. <ul><li>4. Goals… </li></ul>
    8. 9. A new conceptual framework <ul><li>What does violent mass conflict mean at the micro level? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the actors involved in violent mass conflicts? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do violent mass conflicts take place? </li></ul><ul><li>How do violent mass conflicts impact on individuals, their families and their social groups? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we build conceptual linkages between micro level perspectives on violent mass conflicts and policy-making processes? </li></ul>
    9. 10. MICROCON’s research agenda…
    10. 11. WHO Group formation and mobilisation Conflict and ethnic religious tension Gender aspects of conflict Migration, displacement and refugees WHY – HOW Risk, security and coping mechanisms Poverty, inequality and social exclusion Violent conflict and health outcomes Governance and institutions MICRO  POLICY Conflict in the European Neighbourhood Evaluation of Conflict Interventions
    11. 12. Datasets
    12. 13. Training and mobility <ul><li>Training of new doctoral students </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for workshop participation and training activities </li></ul><ul><li>Summer schools </li></ul><ul><li>Building partnerships beyond EU </li></ul>
    13. 14. Dissemination and communication <ul><li>Target audiences: Policy and research community, local representatives and civil society organisations, wider public </li></ul><ul><li>Outputs: Research and policy discussion paper series, policy briefings, newsletter, workshops, website </li></ul>
    14. 15. 5. Progress <ul><li>3 workshops: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion and refining of conceptual framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender Action Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Work Packages launched at third workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fieldwork </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 teams have returned from the field. 6 are currently undertaking fieldwork </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Research Working Papers published </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Policy Working Paper published </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 Policy Briefings published </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Progress: www.microconflict.eu
    16. 17. 6. Next Steps <ul><li>Field research has been ongoing since August 2007 – finishing around mid-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency of publications is increasing and will peak in 2009/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Results will be compiled in two books – one on academic results, one focussing on policy relevant outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Final conference – Brussels 2011 </li></ul>
    17. 18. <ul><li>www.microconflict.eu </li></ul>

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