Research Working Groups
The working groups are composed of about 100 eminent scholars attached to leading international universities and institutes. They conduct research on topics related to conflict management, peace-building and state-building, and on issues connected to the FBA’s sphere of work and expertise.
The FBA research working groups specialize in:
- Peace operations
- Conflict prevention
- Women, peace and security (UN Resolution 1325)
- Rule of law
- Security sector reform
The FBA organizes and funds annual workshops for each working group. The yearly meetings enable researchers to discuss their studies, methods and results with other scholars within the same field before publication. These meetings also enable the establishment of contacts that are important for future joint research projects. For the FBA, dialogue with members of the research working groups is of great importance, not least because it gives the agency the opportunity of following the latest developments in the FBA’s areas of knowledge and expertise.
Each year the members of the five international research working groups can apply for grants from the FBA. The purpose of these research grants is to promote investigation into central topics and challenges within the respective domains of the working groups. Particular emphasis is placed on research projects relevant from a policy perspective - projects that might contribute to the development of the FBA’s pursuits.
Since 2005 the FBA has supported approximately 100 research projects, among them data collections, surveys and experimental studies.
Research for Peace
On 7–9 June 2015 the FBA organized Research for Peace, an event marking the agency’s tenth anniversary for promoting research within the field of peace, security and development. The conference was held in Stockholm and brought together the five research working groups for the very first time to discuss the challenges and possibilities for enduring peace. The researchers were also teamed with international policy-makers and practitioners in the realm of peace and security for a series of seminars and panel debates. Click here to read more about the conference and to see videos from the seminars.