A New Research Approach for Peace Innovation

Innovation and Development (T&F), Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2017

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Jason Miklian

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO); University of Oslo - Centre for Development and the Environment

Kristian Hoelscher

University of Oslo

Date Written: July 11, 2017

Abstract

How can we foster more socially responsible pro-peace innovations that also have deeper impact? In arguing that incorporating contextual, area-specific and conflict-sensitive guidance enhances the quality and depth of innovation, this article calls for a new research approach on Peace Innovation (PI). This approach could help overcome four existing challenges: Expanding the scholar–entrepreneur–policy triad of peace innovation; Prioritizing ethical, culturally-sensitive engagement; Designing innovation to more clearly deliver positive impacts in conflict environments; and Glocalizing the PI playing field. We then explore five thematic areas where PI can be impactful: forecasting political economies of conflict; business and virtual peacebuilding; climate and environmentalism; migration and identity; and urbanization. Finally, we discuss how to operationalize such partnerships, moving the theoretical discussion on PI forward for both the peacebuilding and innovation communities. Pushing research frontiers forward will also help innovators develop better tools that prevent violence and promote peace in crisis and conflict environments.

Keywords: Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Information and Communications Technologies, Technological Innovation, social Innovation, Peace Innovation (PI), Peace and Conflict Studies, Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: O30, O32, O33, O34, O35, O38, F51, F54, L31, L32, L38

Suggested Citation

Miklian, Jason and Hoelscher, Kristian, A New Research Approach for Peace Innovation (July 11, 2017). Innovation and Development (T&F), Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3000261

Jason Miklian (Contact Author)

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) ( email )

Oslo
N-0260 Oslo
Norway

University of Oslo - Centre for Development and the Environment ( email )

P.O. Box 1116 Blindern
K1A 0G9
0317 Oslo
Norway

Kristian Hoelscher

University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavs plass
Oslo, N-0317
Norway

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