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Our activities consist in workshops, conferences, common research projects (including collaborations with other research institutions, charities and members of the wider public), and applied projects with the civil society.


Politics of Peace Despite Economics of Austerity

On 21st June 2014 the Richardson Institute will hold a public forum event to  discuss peace in a time of economic austerity. The event will feature a keynote address by John Battle.

Please see the flyer for further information. Contact Sheldon Kent to register.


Conversations: On Sri Lanka

The first conversation, with Gilberto Algar Faria, discusses Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and prospects for the future.

Conversations: On the Iranian nuclear negotiations

The second conversation, with Dr Thomas Mills, discusses the Iranian nuclear negotiations and future scenarios.

Memories Without Borders 29 January 2014

Time: 4 - 6 pm

Location: Bowland North SR23

Film screening and discussion Dialogue through Film – confronting Armenian-Azerbaijani reconciliation Laurence Broers, Conciliation Resources

Chair: Sossie Kasbarian


RI Internships programme (RIIP)

The Richardson Institute runs an internship programme for advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students.

For those interested, please email Simon Mabon

Further information

Download application form


Those of you who participated in the programme last year and wish to do so again this year, please email Dr Mabon and let him know. For anyone who is interested but did not participate in the programme last year, please complete the attached application form and send him a piece of writing that meets the criteria below:

1. A piece of work of a maximum of 250 words including references before 5pm Friday 11th October 2013.
2. In this work you are to select an issue relevant to peace and conflict and answer:  'what is the issue?' and 'why is there an issue?'.
3. In your answers please be precise and be sure to cite/reference the sources you use.


Postgraduate distance learning module in applied Political Theology for Peace

This coming Lent (spring) term 2015, Dr Roger Haydon Mitchell, the external partnerships facilitator for the Richardson Institute, will be convening a distance learning module in Political Theology for Peace as part of a new program of applied research initiatives within the RI. This is the first of a number of modules in applied research into positive politics for peace.

The aim of this first module will be to investigate contemporary political theology as a context to evaluate and test an innovative, inclusive, reconfiguration of the politics of Jesus known as kenarchy. From archy, a way of ordering or relating in social space and keno, to empty. Configuring a politics of love measured by readiness to die for the other, even one’s enemy, kenarchy strategically engages specific oppressive operations of sovereign power and embarks on a rhythm of resistance and submission in order to undo them. The goal is to identify endemic, deep-structural obstacles to human wellbeing and pre-emptively and permanently undermine them. Drawing on the originary radical traditions of Franciscans, Quakers and early Pentecostals, the aim is to actively seek out and collaborate with others who desire to enact similarly loving, inclusive politics of peace within the various spheres of society, whatever their faith standpoints.

The module offers three great opportunities in one for anybody with a desire for creating and maintaining a pre-emptive culture of peace in their workplace and locality.

  • The chance to evaluate and test kenarchy by exposing and researching the roots of deep-seated obstacles to peace
  • Help develop a culture of pre-emptive peace in the context of the occupational spheres locally, nationally and internationally
  • Obtain a postgraduate certificate of academic achievement that it is hoped will be a first step to a full Postgraduate Certificate or MA in positive politics for peace.

Click this link to see the content of the module:

The whole idea is to make the module a practical tool to deal with issues arising in the context of ongoing fulltime employment, and as is clear from the link, it is entirely designed with this in mind. The academic qualifications necessary are a successful honours degree. The cost is £660 for the ten week module.

If you are interested, please contact Roger Mitchell


Peace Research Seminar Series

2014 Programme to be announced soon.


External Partnerships

Please visit our partnerships page for further information.


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