Peace Research, Study, Policy and Practise






WCIA aims to ‘bridge the gap’ between Welsh civil society and communities, academia and policy-makers (Wales, UK, Europe and internationally) in connecting policy and practice – joining global thinking with effective, practical action, and vice versa.

Over 2014-19, WCIA’s (HLF funded) Wales for Peace programme supported the networking and further development of a wide range of academic and civil society initiatives – which will continue over 2019-24 through our Global Action programme – aiming to deepen:

  • knowledge and understanding of Wales’ Peace Heritage;
  • the influence of internationalism on Wales’ identity, politics and national outlook today; and
  • impact on current affairs in shaping Wales role in the World for future generations.

As well as publishing WCIA’s own series of Peacemakers Features, which draw together huge swathes of research and work outputs from multiple contributors, collaborations continue with academics across a range of disciplines and institutions.

Work undertaken through the Wales for Peace programme over 2014-19 included postgraduate research, undergraduate and student placements, and academic / civil society conferences and learning exchanges; some key examples include:

Supporting Postgraduate / Doctoral Research and Publications

Undergraduate Research Placements

  • A Survey of Peace Institutes Worldwide, 2015 – Emily Forbes, Cardiff University
  • Conscientious Objectors Day ‘Hidden Histories’ Research Features, 2015 – Judith Newbold, Cardiff University
  • Heritage of Volunteering in Cardiff, 2016 – Hannah Sweetapple, Cardiff Uni History Dept / VCS ‘Chronicle Project’ (Santander-funded 3 month placement)
  • Attitudes to Peace Surveys, 2017 – Trystan Cullinan, Aberystwyth University Political Studies
  • Temple of Peace Archives placement, Rob Laker (Swansea Uni History) & Emily Franks (Cardiff Uni Conservation), Summer 2019

Bringing Academics Together and Sharing Research

Link to Wales’ ‘Peace Heritage’ experts