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Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

International conflict response often centres on halting fighting, achieving political stability, and ‘fixing’ the state. These are necessary, but not sufficient steps to building peace. The whole-of-society recovery process is equally critical. Without addressing the long-term impacts of violence and trauma on individuals, families and communities, the risk of resurgent violence remains. XCEPT research on violent and peaceful behaviour examines how people return to  peaceful social functioning after war, with a focus on those most traumatised by conflict. This is the pool of people at greatest risk of returning to violence.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners on the factors that influence violent and peaceful behaviour, and explores ways to sustainably reduce violence, support  recovery and enable peace and reconciliation.


3rd February 2023

At this event, King’s College London researchers Dr Craig Larkin and Dr Inna Rudolf will explore how competing narratives of a traumatic past are shap...


30th January 2023

In the first episode of their podcast mini-series, the XCEPT King’s College London team introduce their research and give us a glimpse of what’s to co...


21st December 2022

During 2022, XCEPT’s team of researchers experimented with remote data gathering, questioned assumptions about drivers of violence, and uncovered how ...


19th December 2022

Pauline Zerla examines how traumatic events can be experienced by those who did not directly live them and how they affect the health and wellbeing of...


8th December 2022

The distinction between ‘civilian’ and ‘combatant’ isn’t always clear cut in a conflict zone – failing to recognise this could undermine efforts to bu...


21st November 2022

As the Iraqi government repatriates IS-affiliated families from al-Hol camp in Syria, Joana Cook looks at what’s next for the children who grew up und...


16th November 2022

This briefing considers the changing political situation in Sudan with a particular focus on the future of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA).


31st October 2022

With war on the rise for a decade, King’s College London has gathered a team of experts from fields not typically associated with war research. The ho...


28th September 2022

Despite observers claiming that Iraq’s Tishreen protest movement has been coerced into silence, this blog argues that it maintains mobilisation moment...


24th August 2022

This blog post examines the role of mental health and conflict-related trauma in driving individuals towards embracing violent extremism.


18th August 2022

This commentary explores why the welfare of the researcher frequently slips through the net of the ethical principle to ‘do no harm’.


11th August 2022

How can neuroscience work in conjunction with the social and behavioural sciences to explain violent extremism?


3rd August 2022

What’s the potential of storytelling for research that engages with conflict-affected communities?


29th July 2022

This post highlights the ways in which different groups invoke the wrongs afflicted onto their respective communities to gain leverage over the domina...


25th July 2022

Throughout the history of terrorism, few locations have impacted the evolution of terrorist campaigns as the jail cell. This post outlines some critic...


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