Peace Studies and International Development

The Division of Peace Studies and International Development combines both one of the oldest Peace Studies teaching departments in the world and the legacy of BCID – the Bradford Centre for International Development, a Centre of global reputation which has seen knowledge transfer and the study of applied development practice since 1969.

We have innovative Master's programmes in peace studies - international relations, political violence, conflict resolution and security studies and development studies, such as sustainable development, economics and finance for development, and project planning and management. What makes PSID unique is the merger of the disciplines as can be experienced through our programmes, allowing the student to explore interconnectedness of issues and chose what fits the learners’ interest best.

The world comes to Bradford, we are extremely proud that our students cover over 50 nationalities. The chance to meet people of different backgrounds and experience is unparalleled and makes PSID a very rich learning environment.

The Division also boasts worldwide and is a founding member of the Rotary Peace Centres network.

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Our research

There is a long tradition of Peace research at Bradford and the University has a very strong international reputation in this area.

Current research in Peace Studies and International Development is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary. It has an applied focus on policy-relevant problems relating to the process of economic development, conflict resolution and peace-building, as well as international relations and security studies.

Recent and ongoing research includes a focus on poverty and social justice, microfinance, sustainable livelihoods, capability approach and human development, governance and institutional change, human resource management, application of cost benefit approaches and industrial and trade policy. Work on the water sector is internationally recognised as a key area of expertise.

Research within Peace Studies and International Development is focused on one research centre: the JEFCentre for African Studies (JEFCAS).

Special Collections on Peace, Politics and Social Change

Our collections tell the story of peaceful protest in the 20th century. Particular strengths include archives of late 1950s and early 1960s nonviolent anti-nuclear campaigning, 1980s peace camps, and initiatives based in the University and its region.

From 100 Objects - the Special Collections blog