IPRA 2016



26th IPRA International General Conference on




November 27th -1st December, 2016   


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


Risk and Conflict Working Group

Risk and conflict spans many aspects of everyday life and critical situations. It requires knowledge that strengthens analysis and practical ways forward for a more integrated management of proximate and underlying conflict risks (the visible and invisible). This will assist in developing the means to all of society engagements with conflict risk reduction.

Specifically, the Risk and Conflict Working Group will draft a plain language representation of theoretical and methodological approaches to the emergent study of risk and conflict. The group is relevant to scholars and representatives spanning academia, government departments, NGOs, emergency and relief services, United Nations and other critical international and local organizations such as education, social work and environmental authorities. Whilst this knowledge synthesis itself will help orientate future pathways to conflict risk reduction, following the conclusions of the Working Group we also seek to ground its content with views from within those communities particularly affected by conflict. The Working Group is to enable interactions through ongoing engagements beyond the meetings of the IPRA-DwD conference.

The Working Group will contribute to bringing risk and conflict into focus for policy making and practice by addressing a common goal of establishing what an appropriate programme might look like. There already exists evidence that significant progress can be made in bringing varied user groups together around important matters of disaster risk reduction. Significant progress has been made in responding to the need for emergent discourse and ultimately the commitment of the United Nations to align disaster reduction and sustainable development as part of the same agenda through the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and other global fora. However, there remain theoretical, methodological, policy and practice gaps for bringing about disaster risk reduction as a sustained and integrated aspect of conflict risk reduction and the latter as a driver of human resilience and well-being. Whilst the basic concept is recognisable for many people a working group is required to further catalyse the systems of meaning and logistics for taking this latent rationale forward, ultimately to help address conflict in new ways.

There is a need for a broad policy, practice and academic related participation in this group that should, amongst others, include those residing in empirically-driven aspects of education studies, sociology, political science, psychology, development, risk management and their associated cognate disciplines. This will assist in the translation of theoretical and methodological ideas across the academy, policy and practice. The working group will engage participants towards an analysis of underlying (invisible) and proximate (more visible) conflict influences, their interrelationship with ongoing development issues, and the question of how they are being addressed. Given ever-broadening policy imperatives, all public and private organisations with an interest in risk and conflict are considered potential participants and users of this Working Group. The outcomes will be posted via varied outlets including for example the International Peace Research Association, Disaster and Development Network, Prevention Web of the United Nations, ResDev and regional user group media. Outcomes are to contribute to maintaining momentum in addressing disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, climate change adaptation, mass migration issues, humanitarianism and poverty reduction. To this end invites and summary statements for policy consideration will be offered to high level delegations associated with ongoing global initiatives.

The Working Group at this IPRA–DwD 2016 event will convene a roundtable interaction and sustained dialogue throughout the event. Those interested in contributing to it should send the Convenors advance comments for the content of the Working Group discussions and information about related activities you may like to flag. There will be opportunity for short statements from key invited contributors during the discussions. Those attending the Conference wishing to give a full paper related to this topic should submit their abstract of between 300 and 500 words to one of the Commissions of your preference displayed on the online system, but also forward this same abstract directly to the Convenor of the Working Group. This way we will map contributions in existing Commissions to the Working Group. Where existing Commissions are unable to accommodate your abstract with respect to time availability or its content the IPRA-DwD 2016 Committee will consider, subject to demand, adding additional special sessions to accommodate these. To facilitate this, please include the identifier ‘Risk and Conflict Working Group’ after the title of your abstract. Follow the deadline for abstracts and registration as indicated in the main Conference Information Pages at www.ipra2016.org. The convener will put together the final outline of inputs relating specifically to this Working Group with an outline of the Round Table discussion based on what comes in and will make this available prior to the event.

Convenors: Prof. Andrew Collins, Disaster and Development Network (DDN) / Department of Geography, Northumbria University, UK. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. And Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Risk and Conflict Network, Northumbria University, UK and IPRA. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




  • 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