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Beyond fear and hate: mobilising people power to create a new narrative on migration and diversity Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Across Europe political and media debates on migration and diversity have become increasingly negative. There is growing evidence that narratives of fear and hate have moved from fringe positions to occupy the mainstream, changing the terms of the debate in many countries. This project explores who is driving dominant narratives on migration and diversity and their purpose.


(En)gendering international protection? 'Refugee women', gender and the global politics of asylum Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Working with partners in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Turkey, South Africa and the UK, this research explores the extent and ways in which gendered experiences of forced migration are reflected in the laws, policy and practice of refugee-receiving countries


Managing the migration crisis? Undocumented migrants and refugees at Europe’s southern border Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Over recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy as part of what has come to be known as Europe’s ‘migration crisis’. An intensification of controls on international population movements has taken place both at sea and after arrival. This project seeks to better understand what the impact of attempts by EU institutions and national governments to manage the crisis has been on migrants’ status and journeys. It serves to document the ongoing crisis through the experiences of newly arrived migrants and refugees.


Collaborate to Train Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Collaborate to Train is a three-year project that will engage with over 250 local small businesses and support them to increase their involvement in the education and workforce training system.


PETALS 2 (FGM Webapp for professionals) Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

This project builds on an FGM information webapp that was successfully developed for young people by Coventry University.


National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR - Coventry University) and the Institute of British - Irish Studies (IBIS- University College Dublin), supported by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)'s Science for Peace and Security Programme, will convene a two–day expert Advanced Research Workshop entitled ‘National Action Plans (NAPs) on Women, Peace and Security’ at the National University of Ireland in Dublin, on 11 and 12 May 2016. 


Breaking Bad: How transnational drug trafficking creates violent masculinities in local Caribbean communities in Port of Spain Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

To study the impact of transnational organised crime (TNOC) and drug-trafficking on poor urban communities in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The city has seen crime and violence soar since the mid-1990s as the city became transhipment point in the illegal drugs trade. We address the impact of TNOC on vulnerable populations, culture and security by considering the ‘transnational-to-community’ impact of drug-trafficking.


Conflict Transformations in the Middle East and Europe Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The goal of CTMEE is to explore what types of conflict transformation mechanisms are being utilised in Turkey and Palestine, and how these mechanisms relate to conflict transformation in Western Europe.


BRIEFCASE Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

'BRIEFCASE project' workshop is based on 10 years’ experience by the Geomining Museum, in Madrid. This innovative project creates the opportunity for learning about minerals through hands-on experience, specifically targeting 6-14 year old students and their teachers.


Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

This project looks at how religiously-related modest fashion and associated behaviours impact on UK women's working lives – regardless of their own religious community or beliefs.


Evaluation of “CEJI – a Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe” Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The Project will contribute to the review and further development of CEJI’s strategy, aims and objectives.


UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The potential of South-South migration contributing to development and delivery of the SDGs is widely acknowledged but remains unrealised, largely due to existing inequalities at the global, national and local levels which determine who is (and is not) able to migrate.


Faith Based Conflict Prevention Completed Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The aim of this project is to understand the role of churches and other faith groups in helping to spot early signs of violence and to stop it from happening. Examples in Nigeria and the Solomon Islands will be observed. 


Life on the Breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century city Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The aim of the ‘Life on the Breadline…’ project is to understand how the social context resulting from the 'age of austerity' has affected Christian engagement with poverty in the UK and the theological motivations, which underpin it, in order to facilitate the development of better informed government policy and more effective faith-based activism thereby reducing urban social exclusion and inequality. 


Muslim Women in Britain c. 1890 to 1948: Historical Grounding for Modern Debates Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Debates about ‘British Islam’, disconnections between Muslim and British values and divided loyalties are common in modern Britain. The history of these early British Muslims is being recovered but little is known about the women (usually converts) in these communities. This research will use archival material, to examine writings by, about and for British Muslim women during the period 1890 to 1948. The practical, theological and philosophical negotiations that took place around gender roles, female leadership, veiling and interfaith relations will be examined. By uncovering historical responses to issues that remain topical in British Muslim communities today and then collaborating with modern community stakeholders for knowledge exchange, this research will provide historical grounding to shape current debates about Islam in British society.


Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG) Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

In 2015 over one million people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in search of protection and a better life. Thousands died along the way. Much has been said by politicians and policy makers about the causes of the current refugee crisis and the reasons why people move, but there is very little systematic analysis of the dynamics of migration in the region or the complex factors involved. The aim of this project is to better understand these unprecedented movements in the region by examining the journeys, motivations and aspirations of people in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta.


RISING Global Peace Forum Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

RISING: dialogue and debate to push forward new ways of thinking about how we approach threats and confrontations in today’s turbulent world. 


Transport Innovation Gender Observatory (TINNGO) Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

TinnGO, the Transport Research Observatory, is a pan European observatory for gender smart transport innovation, that provides a nexus for data collection, analysis, dissemination of gender mainstreaming tools and open innovation, encouraging smart mobility.


Trusting Technology with Your Life: Research and Interventions on Trust in Autonomous Vehicles Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Trust is central to the acceptance and adoption of Autonomous Vehicles (AV), but it also poses a significant challenge: reservations and distrust of this new technology are widespread.


Inside/Out: using storytelling to understand the politics of exclusion in Europe and South Africa Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

The UK and South Africa, while different, share trends towards inequality and the othering of migrants as responsible for social problems.This project uses storytelling to generate new bottom-up narratives to challenge dominant top down discursive politics of exclusion.


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