Our team members have long pursued both an academic and a practitioner’s interest in the dynamics of the security-development nexus in fragile environments. The particular context of Pakistan has provided a rich testing ground for refining and validating our expertise in this core area. Our development and socio-political work on fragile and conflict-affected environments is informed by these experiences.

The team is proficient in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, program design and implementation in the sphere of conflict, fragility and violence. Specific experience includes: analysing primary (community level) data on the nature of conflict (including identifying drivers of conflict, and mitigating factors); conflict mapping; and engagement with key stakeholders for assignments such as the assessment of district response mechanisms to conflict.  On a more macro level, team members have experience in forecasting the impacts of conflict (economic and social); carrying out conflict-sensitive programming for improved service delivery and the rule of law, diagnosing the economic effects of terrorism, and carrying out risk assessments for fragile regions. Most recently team members are undertaking frame analysis to deconstruct the messaging strategies of conflict-promoters and developing communications strategies for conflict-mitigation and peace building.