Applied Research

Applied Research

Applied Research

Our early work has been concentrated in the Middle East, mostly in Iraq. Currently, PREP is engaged in the following projects:

Building University Capacity in Peace Education in Duhok and MosulPREP and the University of Duhok Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies (CPCRS) seek to achieve four objectives: 1. Deepening the peacebuilding knowledge and skills base of instructors at the University of Duhok and sharing that knowledge and skills with peace-focused academics and students at the University of Mosul; 2. Building the capacity of internally displaced and host community youth in Duhok, Sumel and Sheikhan to address tensions through enhancement of advocacy and community-initiative planning skills, and through facilitation of simulations aimed at practicing those skills; 3. Building socio-emotional skills needed for peacebuilding among University of Mosul students, and; 4. Strengthening the administrative capacity of the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies and University of Mosul by establishing a certification process for trainers and an onboarding process that emphasizes a commitment to gender, racial, ethnic and religious equality in peacebuilding work. By meeting these objectives, the project, supported by the United Nations Development Programme, aims to enlarge and deepen the community of peacebuilding scholars and practitioners in Duhok and Ninewa governorates in Iraq.

Joint Certificate in Peacebuilding at the Domiz Refugee CampPREP has implemented two 120-hour blended-learning certificate programs for two groups of 20 Syrian refugees in Domiz Camp since 2017. The second certificate program took place with support from the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education. Participants studied in four courses taught by University of Duhok (UoD) instructors: Introduction to Peacebuilding; Conflict Assessment; Mediation Skills, and; Communication Skills for Peacebuilding Professionals. PREP oversees the project and provides quality control and support for the UoD instructors. PREP and UoD conducted a jobs fair for the program’s certificate-holders on January 18, 2018 that brought them together with 11 potential NGO employers.

Supporting the Peace Process in ColombiaPREP has entered into a multi-phased project with the Escuela Superior de Administración Pública (ESAP), Colombia's public administration school based in Bogotá with campuses throughout the country. In efforts to support Colombia’s implementation of the peace agreement recently signed by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), NYU and ESAP will exchange knowledge and expertise in peacebuilding, conduct joint research, and carry out jointly developed peace education projects. The first area of cooperation will include MSGA students, who, in conjunction with an ESAP research team, will hone peace research skills, co-develop project proposals, carry out field research and publish an edited volume of joint research on topics related to the peace process.

Past Projects

Community Peace Education Program (2013-2017) In partnership with UoD, PREP helped to develop the Community Peace Education Program that invested in youth and education. More than 4000 high school students (Syrian refugees, internally displaced Iraqis, and residents of the host community) from over 150 schools and youth centers worked with trainers from CPCRS to develop knowledge and skills that have enabled them to become peace ambassadors in their communities. UoD hosted a Youth Summit that brought close to 400 students together to discuss their ongoing peacebuilding projects.

Improving Social Cohesion (2016-17) PREP worked with CPCRS to help Iraqis displaced from Ninewa province to Duhok to develop skills and approaches aimed at enabling their communities to deal constructively with difference. Tribal, religious, and political leaders from Ninewa took part in a series of CPCRS-hosted dialogues and skill-building sessions aimed at improving social harmony and breaking cycles of violence that the Islamic State’s emergence accelerated.

Iraq Re:Coded (2016-17)PREP taught computer coding skills to Syrian refugees, displaced Iraqis, and local youth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), with the objective of providing them with the skills needed to gain income-generating employment within the private sector. This pilot project, conducted in partnership with the Dutch NGO SPARK, equipped 30 youth with English-language and computer coding skills over a one-year period.

Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding (2012–2014) CGA and CPCRS conducted two Joint Research Seminars in Peacebuilding, which brought students and alumni of UoD’s Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies to CGA to work with graduate student counterparts to develop proposals for peace research projects to be conducted in Duhok. The CGA graduate students and Professor Hill travelled to Duhok for three weeks in 2013 and again in 2014 to carry out their research projects with partners from UoD. These research projects culminated in the publication of Finding Peace in Iraq, Volumes 1 and 2.

Strengthening Capacity in Peacebuilding: Instruction and Practice (2010–2011) CGA and CPCRS cooperated on an 18-month project that brought 10 professors from UoD and three other Iraqi universities to New York in 2010 and 2011 for intensive work on developing a master’s curriculum in peace and conflict studies. The project allowed UoD to refine its master’s program and to build support at other Iraqi universities for this emerging field of study.