Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk
The Covid-19 pandemic is having disproportionate impacts on people in countries already affected by conflict, and travel restrictions both within and between countries have disrupted in-person mediation processes that have historically relied on bringing people together. Since March 2020, those working in the nascent field of PeaceTech (technological tools that support peacebuilding) have suddenly found their services more in demand than ever, as peacebuilders and their supports shift to online ways of working, often in communities where internet accessibility is not always guaranteed.
In this talk, Professor Christine Bell, Laura Wise, and Fiona Knäussel will illustrate how the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) has developed a suite of PeaceTech tools to support those brokering peace, and explain how these have come into their own during the Covid-19 pandemic and they hope, beyond. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges of developing technological responses to facilitate conflict resolution, and how PeaceTech could assist women’s meaningful inclusion in peace processes.