Research Group on Federalism and Conflict Resolution

Federalism as a tool of conflict resolution has become an increasingly important and studied themes of federal studies in recent years. Our Research Group on Federalism and Conflict Resolution at Canterbury Christ Church University examines the fundamental questions raised by the use of federalism as a tool of conflict resolution through an internationally comparative lens: Why is federalism a useful tool for conflict resolution, in which cases can a federal framework be applied to resolve conflict and under what circumstances do federal structures succeed as a tool of conflict resolution? In doing so, we look at federalism through different methodological and disciplinary perspectives, including peace studies, international relations, comparative politics, constitutional law, political economy, and sociological perspectives. The work of the research group revolves around five main themes: Conflict Resolution, Governance in Divided Societies, Identity Politics, New Federal Models and Territorial Politics. The Centre’s aims can be defined by the triad of teaching, scholarship/research and consultancy. We offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses linked to federalism and conflict resolution, most notably our annual summer school on "Federalism, Conflict Resolution and Good Governance." The research group hosts the book series "Federalism and Internal Conflict" with Palgrave McMillian, for which Dr Keil is one of the co-editors. In addition, members of our research group also sit on leading journals' editorial boards and publish regularly in the most important journals in the field, including in Publius - The Journal of Federalism, and Regional and Federal Studies. Finally, we are involved in consultancy and political advice in a number of areas. Drs Anderson and Keil have been working in Myanmar for a number of years with several stakeholders to support federalism reforms in the country. Dr Keil has also worked with the Syrian opposition to support the peace process, and has advised several stakeholders in the decentralization process in Lebanon. Our research group is also responsible for the website www.50shadesoffederalism.com which publishes short and easily accessible pieces on different aspects of federalism in the world.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Director

Dr Paul Anderson and Dr Soeren Keil

Contact Details

Contact person: Dr Paul Anderson
Contact number: +44 (0)1227 927700
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Address

Research Group on Federalism and Conflict Resolution 

Canterbury Christ Church University 

Law and Politics 

School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences 

North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU 

UK


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