The Institute for Conflict Research is an independent, not for profit organisation that has been based in Belfast since 1996. ICR specialises in research, training, mediation and capacity building for a shared and safe society through conflict transformation and social inclusion.

Research

ICR’s research work is based on an academic rigour, but is primarily focused on influencing policy and practice. Our work includes projects that we have initiated ourselves, research that we have been specifically commissioned to undertake, and work that we compete for under a tendering process.

Training

ICR works with community groups, statutory service providers and local government to create and deliver training and community development programmes designed specifically to address the individual needs of local organisations and those from overseas interested in the Northern Ireland conflict transformation process.

Mediation

ICR work to promote and support good relations, diversity and respect. We provide mediation services to help address tension in and between communities around issues such as flags, murals, memorials and around issues of racism, sectarianism and associated with the continued presence of paramilitary organisations.

ICR works with and for central and local government, statutory agencies and the community and voluntary sector across Northern Ireland. ICR also works internationally on a consultative basis or in partnerships to advocate and promote good practice in policy and delivery.  Our networks within hard-to-reach groups and long-standing connections with a range of communities, means we are frequently sub-commissioned by academic institutions to provide on-the-ground research for their research projects.

Some of the projects that ICR are currently working on include:

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The eMORE project aims to contribute to developing, testing and transferring a knowledge model on online hate speech and offline hate crime, based on a circular and advanced joint monitoring-reporting system, to gain a sound understanding of the phenomena/trends over the Internet and offline, to allow comparative analysis at national/EU level, and to support the harmonised combating against hate-motivated offences at EU/national level.

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PeaceTraining.eu will aggregate a comprehensive collection on the state-of-the-art in conflict prevention and peace building (CPPB) training in Europe and of the EU.
Over the period of two years, the project aims to assess practices, efforts and training needs of European actors.
The goal is to map out and connect stakeholders, to provide recommendations on best practices as well as innovative information and communication technology approaches to training.

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The Belfast Mobility Project develops a new approach to segregation between groups, taking sectarian relations in Belfast as a case study. In so doing, it proposes a theoretical and methodological framework that can be applied to other historically divided cities. Previous research has focused on (relatively) stable patterns of division entrenched within global institutions of residence, employment or education. We hold that such work may be enriched by research that treats segregation as the dynamic outcome of individuals’ routine movements as they travel the city, using its pathways, amenities and activity spaces and coming into contact with certain kinds of people, while avoiding others.