Human Security Research Centers

Research Centers and Projects

The following is a list of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, Development, Human Rights, and Interdisciplinary research centers and institutions that do work related to human security. The description of each organization is borrowed or adapted from its website.

Human Security Research Centers

  • Center for Human Security Studies
    The Centre for Human Security Studies is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit think tank registered under the Andhra Pradesh Societies registration act 2001. The Centre aims to undertake studies and analysis on various issues of concern at the national and international level with a view to formulate and present options for a vibrant and evolving national security policy from a human security perspective.
  • Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
    Located within the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect is to promote and catalyze international action to help countries prevent or halt mass atrocities.  In collaboration with associated centers throughout the world, the Global Centre conducts, coordinates, and publishes research on refining and applying the R2P concept.
  • Human Security Report Project
    The Human Security Report Project at the Simon Fraser University conducts research on global and regional trends in political violence, their causes and consequences, and presents its findings in a manner that is accessible to the policy and research communities, the media, educators and the interested public.
  • Innovations for Successful Societies
    Housed at Princeton University, ISS chronicles government innovation, especially in low- and middle-income countries. ISS enables practitioners to tell their unique stories and join a knowledge network of reform-minded public servants from around the globe. ISS case studies distill these conversations into a tool for learning, for cross-cutting analysis, and for scholarship. Innovations for Successful Societies, established in 2008, is hosted jointly by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.
  • Institute for Human Security
    The Institute for Human Security at Tufts University promotes cutting edge-research and education about the overlaps between humanitarianism, development, human rights, and conflict resolution.

Projects on Human Security

  • Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
    The journal promotes the exchange of new ideas, previously unpublished research, and the critical write-up of field experience by field workers and researchers in humanitarian assistance. It offers the humanitarian assistance community the opportunity to receive and provide rapid public feedback on cutting-edge ideas.
  • Mass Atrocity Response Operation (MARO) Project
    The Mass Atrocity Response Operation (MARO) Project sought to enable the United States and the international community to stop genocide and mass atrocity as part of a broader integrated strategy by explaining key relevant military concepts and planning considerations.

Human Rights Research Centers

  • AU Human Rights Council
    This center is housed at American University. The Council aims to highlight student’ human rights activism and scholarly work on human rights produced by the faculty and students at American.
  • Carr Center for Human Rights
    The Carr Center at Harvard University has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention.
  • Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
    The Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Tufts University promotes active collaboration and exchange among academics and practitioners working the fields of human rights and conflict resolution. CHRCR advances and supports an interdisciplinary approach to peace-building.
  • The Center on Rights Development
    The Center on Rights Development at the University of Denver promotes universal recognition of human rights in all societies by undertaking research on human rights violations, establishing links with academic and legal monitoring centers around the world and conducting outreach to local and national organizations engaged in human rights activism and education.
  • The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 
    The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide center involving multiple entities within the Harvard community that provide expertise in public health, medicine, social science, management, and other disciplines to promote evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.
  • Human Rights Center
    The Human Rights Center located at the University of California Berkeley investigates war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The center recommends specific policy measures to hold perpetrators accountable, protect vulnerable populations, and help rebuild war-torn societies.
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights
    The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University is committed to three core goals of providing excellent human rights education, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights
    Housed in the Mass Department of Emergency Medicine, the Division was formed in order to respond to the incredible need, as well as interest, in global health. The Division offers a rich platform for health-care delivery, research, education, and training initiatives. They focus on alleviating suffering of vulnerable populations - specifically women and children in underserved communities of the world. Their work has remained consistent: to discover, innovate, and implement sustainable solutions, focused on intractable challenges in the domains of women and children's health and human rights.
  • Overseas Development Institute, Humanitarian Policy Group
    The Humanitarian Policy Group is one the world’s leading teams of independent researchers and information professionals working on humanitarian issues. It is dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high quality analysis, dialogue, and debate.
  • Program on Human Rights and Justice
    PHRJ aims to encourage the creation of a cutting-edge inter-disciplinary environment at MIT for research, teaching, curricular development and real-world application in human rights and justice. It has a broad focus that goes beyond human rights in the formal legal sense to encompass a variety of approaches to securing rights and justice in today’s world.

Peace, Conflict, and Violence Research Centers

  • African Center for Strategic Studies
    The Africa Center for Strategic Studies supports United States foreign and security policies by strengthening the strategic capacity of African states to identify and resolve security challenges in ways that promote civil-military cooperation, respect for democratic values, and safeguard human rights.
  • Center for International Conflict Resolution
    The Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University currently is engaged in three conflict resolution projects focused primarily on research: the International Research Project on Regional Autonomy of Ethnic Minorities, Religion and Conflict Resolution and Parliamentary Peacemaking.
  • Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
    The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech aims to create and facilitate transdisciplinary research, education, and engagement opportunities that promote peace, prevent violence, and advance human security on a global scale.
  • Conflict Management Center
    The Conflict Management Center at Syracuse University is a student-led, educational project of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict with an interest in developing awareness of and the skills in conflict transformation theory and practice necessary to transform conflict into opportunity.
  • International Conflict Research Institute
    INCORE is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Combining research, education and comparative analysis, INCORE addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland and internationally and promotes conflict resolution management strategies. It aims to influence policymakers and practitioners involved in peace, conflict and reconciliation issues while enhancing the nature of international conflict research.
  • Peacebuilding and Development Institute
    The Peacebuilding and Development Institute at American University aims to provide cutting-edge training, research, and capacity-building opportunities for practitioners and scholars in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and conflict resolution.
  • Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)
    PKSOI is the US military’s center of excellence for improving military, civilian agency, international, and multinational capabilities and execution at the strategic and operational levels. The Stability Operations Lessons Learned Management System (SOLLIMS) allows military and civilian organizations to engage in a collaborative process for the collection, analysis, dissemination, and integration of lessons learned.
  • Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research
    The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research is an international research and policy program based at the Harvard School of Public Health. The Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to new challenges in the field of humanitarian affairs. Key sectors of activity include human security, conflict management, and humanitarian law.
  • Research Center for Peace Building
    Mahidol University's Research Center on Peacebuilding was founded in November 2004 as a research center with the impetus to be part of the peaceful solution to conflicts in Thailand especially the conflict in three southernmost provinces; Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala. The Center has developed and implemented 18 action and participatory research projects. These projects focus on facilitating cooperative efforts to deal with the conflicts through opening space for community dialogue, reduce the violence and to identify community needs.
  • The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution 
    The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University comprises a community of scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, practitioners, and organizations in the field of peace making and conflict resolution. The institute is committed to the development of theory, research, and practice that interrupt cycles of violence.

Development Research Centers

  • Center for International Development
    The mission of the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is to advance human well-being and social progress in the developing world by expanding the understanding of development challenges and offering viable solutions to problems of global poverty.
  • Center for International Development and Conflict Management
    The Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maryland. CIDCM seeks to prevent and transform conflict, to understand the interplay between conflict and development, and to help societies create sustainable futures for themselves.
  • Research Program in Development Studies
    The Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton University focuses current research interests of our group include the measurement of poverty; household dynamics and individuals' outcomes; the relationship between health and economic development; linkages between income, income inequality and health status; the impact of AIDS on individuals and households in sub-Saharan Africa; global well-being; and schooling, school quality and returns to education.

Interdisciplinary Research Centers

  • Center for Governance and International Affairs
    The Centre for Governance and International Affairs at Bristol University is concerned with the actors, issues and processes that play a critical role in global governance. It comprises five core research groups: Non-Traditional and Human Security, International Development and Governance, European Governance, Gender and Governance and International Politics.
  • Center for Research on Inequality, Human Security, and Ethnicity (CRISE)
    CRISE at the University of Oxford studies multiethnic societies, investigating why some experience political instability and violent conflict, and others maintain the stability necessary for the promotion of human security, including sustainable growth and poverty reduction.
  • Center for Security and Peace Studies
    The Center for Security and Peace Studies at Gadjah Mada University produces research on security and peace issues, and provides services for conflict resolution and peace building. The Center focuses on seven areas of concern: (1) ethnic-religious conflict and multiculturalism; (2) self-determination and regional autonomy; (3) public policy, conflict and governance; (4) security sector reform; (5) civil society and democratization; (6) crisis management; and (7) human rights advocacy.
  • Center for Unconventional Security Affairs
    The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA) at the University of California Irvine addresses the security challenges of the 21st century through innovative research and education programs that integrate experts from the public and private sectors. Topics of research include: biological security, environmental security, global terrorism, and human security.
  • Homeland Security Degree Programs
    Since its inception in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has grown in both size and scope. With a growing need for educated individuals, they offer a wide variety of jobs. This website lists a few of the degrees available to those who wish to go into the field of homeland security.
  • Liu Institute for Global Issues
    The Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia pursues policy-relevant research on emerging issues that demand innovative, interdisciplinary, and impact-oriented responses from the academic community. Research includes topics on: peace and security, environment, justice, development, and health.
    MICROCON, or ‘A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict’ is a five-year research programme funded by the European Commission, which takes an innovative micro level, multidisciplinary approach to the study of the conflict cycle. The programme aims to promote understanding of individual and group interactions leading to and resulting from violent mass conflicts, with the purpose of uncovering much-needed fundamentals for better informed domestic, regional and international conflict policy, which places individuals and groups at the centre of their interventions.
  • Program for Peace and Human Security
    The Program for Peace and Human Security at Sciences Po engages in academic research and develops policy tools, organizes courses on peace studies and human security, promotes scholars’ and students’ publications, host regular conferences, seminars, and lectures series related to human security, and acts as a clearing house for information on human security and peace studies.     

Ford Institute for Human Security
3930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260