Research Projects

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Among the last ones to leave? Understanding the Journeys of Muslim Children in the Care System in the Midlands Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Overview of new project from the Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group - Among the last ones to leave? Understanding the Journeys of Muslim Children in the Care System in the Midlands.  Including project partners and ojbectives.


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. 


Faith Based Conflict Prevention Current 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. 


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


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


Conflict Transformations in the Middle East and Europe Current 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.


PETALS 2 (FGM Webapp for professionals) Current 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 Current 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. 


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.


Social capital and financial access to healthcare in Ghana Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

This research seeks to critically examine the dynamic nature of informal risk sharing networks and their mechanisms for dealing with health care expenses among poor households in Northern Ghana.


Amman Message Project Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Working across Jordan, the wider Arab region and Europe, CTPSR and partners have embarked upon a two-year project to support and enhance the work of the Amman Message – a landmark statement which seeks to clarify the true essence of Islam in the world – in addressing contemporary concerns surrounding peaceful co-existence, both between and within faiths.


Struggles for territory, struggles for place: development-forced displacement and resettlement of the Mapuche-Pehuenche, Chile Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Focusing closely on an indigenous community in Chile, the Mapuche-Pehuenche, who were resettled as a result of a dam construction, this research analyses their attempts to make and remake place, taking in consideration the historical context of land dispossession and the current confrontations between the Mapuche and the state.


For a fee: the recruitment of migrant domestic workers Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

This project explores how male and female migrant workers are able to most effectively challenge exploitative labour recruiters, with research conducted globally, but especially in Qatar and Nepal.


Refugee resettlement: politics, practices, rhetoric Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

This project explores resettlement in countries of destination as well in those which host large numbers of forcibly displaced persons. Drawing evidence from a select group of case-studies, we analyse the ways in which the politics of resettlement are translated on the ground through the practices and narratives of the staff of intermediary organisations such as UNHCR, IOM and the NGOs involved in resettlement; and government officials as well as their main respective donor governments. Using decolonising methodologies, we also aim to study the intertwined narratives, storytelling and rhetoric about resettlement of the women and men who have been forcibly displaced.


The politics of migration, displacement and belonging among Afghans migrants and refugees in Europe and North America Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Our research on Afghan experiences of displacement and migration focuses in the following issues: the politics of the migration, asylum and resettlement of Afghans in Europe and North America; Afghan journeys and migration into Europe and the engagement of recently arrived Afghans in Europe for peacebuilding and development in Afghanistan. We aim to examine the situate of the complex migration histories of Afghans who have recently migrated from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan within debates around the categorisation, intersectionality and development in migration.


ConnectMe Current Projects

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

ConnectMe is a three-year project supporting Coventry’s long term unemployed and economically inactive people.  The project aims to make it easier for people who are experiencing barriers to employment to move into education, training or employment.  


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.


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