Research Applied to Peace and Conflict
Established in 1959, the peace research centre at Lancaster was the first in Britain, and one of the first in the world. It has always been dedicated to pioneering research in peace and conflict studies, in the spirit of the Quaker scientist, Lewis Fry Richardson.
Based within the Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion (PPR) at the University of Lancaster, the Richardson Institute is committed to undertaking cutting-edge research as well as outreach activities with the aim of contributing to the University's excellence as a leading research and knowledge transfer institution in Britain.
Our vision is to be internationally recognised as a world class partner of choice for universities, research centres and civil society stakeholders on peace and conflict research and knowledge transfer activities.
The Richardson Institute is the oldest Peace Studies centre in the UK and was re-launched in September 2012. It has always been dedicated to pioneering research in peace and conflict studies, in the spirit of the Quaker scientist, Lewis Fry Richardson.
The Richardson Institute is both an inter-disciplinary forum for research on peace and conflict and a place for specific applied initiatives within the borders of peace studies relevant to the public forum and connecting with the civil society. The Institute’s mission is to act as an institutional and intellectual bridge between departmental colleagues to stimulate trans-disciplinary research, and between the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, and the wider civil society to contribute to knowledge transfer activities in an ethical and forward-looking spirit.