IPRA 2016



26th IPRA International General Conference on




November 27th -1st December, 2016   


Theme of the Conference:  AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:  Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate


Migration and Peace Commission


Migration and peace revolves around the idea that any framework that intends to peacefully resolve conflicts need to include the management of internal displacement and refugee protection, durable solutions, the role of justice systems at national and international levels in recognizing and guaranteeing the rights of migrants and resistance to defend the rights of the migrants among others. We invite participants to explore, examine, and recommend policies, theories and practical responses to the theme of migration and peace in the context of:

  • Peacebuilding and forced migration: This sub theme will address the need to include peaceful conflict resolution processes and peacebuilding in addressing social justice for refugees and other migrants. It will also address the participation of IDPs and refugees in peacebuilding processes as well as in the designing, implementation and managing policies that guarantee the rights of the displaced and transitional justice mechanisms.
  • Migration in times of peace: migration may also result in times of peace. This includes issues such as environmental migration and migratory movements caused by development projects, which attracts the least attention from national and international authorities. This sub theme will address these migratory movements in the context of resistance struggles against local authorities or topics that clearly spell out the impact of climate change in migratory movements such as pastoral communities or fishing communities.
  • Durable solutions for the displaced: sustainable peace for the displaced entails addressing durable solutions for the displaced. This includes the return of victims to the places of origin, enable the restoration of their right, reinstitute their deprived lands and reintegrate them into their respective communities in dignity. Improved livelihoods and addressing the rights of the displaced is a priority for durable solutions. This sub theme also invites contributions that analyse strategies for improved livelihoods through economic, social, political and environmental contexts for the displaced.
  • Psychosocial concerns:

Apart from the above themes we do welcome pressing issues that need immediate attention in relation to migration contexts such as the contemporary boat migration crisis that draws a thin line between forced and economic migrants in Mediterranean and the Asia Pacific and asylum policies that impact the lives of forced migrants.

Migration and peace commission-call for papers

The Migration and Peace Commission is interested in topics related to peace and migration.  Migration includes voluntary and forced migrations centred on a range of issues such as refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, development or environmental displaced and smuggled or trafficked people. The commission is interested to discuss on the following themes: (1) Peacebuilding and forced migration issues that aim to bring practical realties of forced migrants being at the core of conflict resolution processes, policy formulations and transitional justice mechanisms, (2) migrations in times of peace that takes into account development-induced, disaster or environmental-induced displacement that receives less attention by local and international authorities and resistance movements by displaced communities that have the ability to transform policy making for the displaced, (3) durable solutions for the displaced, which includes the complexities surrounding the right to return, integrate or re-settlement for sustainable peace. The commission is also open to new pressing issues such as the boat migration crisis that draws a thin line between forced and economic migrants in the Mediterranean and the Asia Pacific. The Migration and Peace Commission invites paper submissions for the forthcoming 2016  IPRA  conference in Freetown, Sierra Leone, that discuss the multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and local perspectives on the complex themes of migration.


Three types of submissions will be considered: abstracts, individual papers, and panel discussions. Where appropriate, submissions should be written according to a scholarly style manual. The same submission should not be submitted to more than one Commission. Any double submission will be automatically removed from the system. In order to accommodate audio-visual needs, please indicate specific equipment needs during the submission process. Please make the request only if necessary. Student papers should be clearly identified in the header. All submissions should be completed by uploading your completed form into the central submission database on the IPRA 2016 Conference web site. Abstracts or panel proposals should be included in the Application Form but completed papers should be sent as attachments at least two months before the conference. To ensure blind review, ALL NAMES MUST BE REMOVED from the abstracts or panel proposals before they are uploaded in the application form. Any abstract or panel proposal with names or affiliations of the author(s) will be removed from the review process.

For specific details regarding types of submissions see below:


Abstract should include a title and should be between  300 and 500 words  addressing the purpose of the research, the goals, methods, and the type of data.


Proposals for panel discussions should include the title of the submission, description of the panel and how it will be conducted, presenters’ names and institutional affiliations, and a 1-2 page panel rationale which explains the justification for the panel. Please also include abstracts from the individual contributors to the panel. Preference will be given to proposals featuring participants from different institutions.


Completed paper submissions due two months before the conference should include a title and a 100-150 word abstract.

For more information about IPRA, the 2016 conference, or to submit an application form, abstract or proposal, go to www.ipra2016.org or http://iprapeace.org/




  • Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
  • Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL 



  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
  • Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK