Social conflict


Discussion paper

The threat of identity politics

In this paper, UK historian Simon Heffer argues that much of the power of identity politics is to make normally rational people who consider themselves part of an oppressor majority behave in an irrational and self-hating way.

The rapidly emerging crisis on our doorstep

In this report, Robert Glasser, head of ASPI's new Climate and Security Policy Centre, documents the Southeast Asian region’s globally unique exposure to climate hazards and the increasingly significant cascading societal impacts they will trigger.
Position paper

Freedom of religion in Australia: a focus on serious harms

This position paper is based on the AHRC's and the VEOHRC’s collective experience and research in the area of freedom of religion and human rights. In addition, the two Commissions convened joint roundtables in Sydney (11 June 2019) and Melbourne (27 June 2019) on the...

Climate change, conflict and fragility: an evidence review and recommendations for research and action

This report looks at the evidence on the links between violent conflict and climate-related hazards, disasters and natural resources. It explores the relationship between conflict and short-term, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters, that can trigger humanitarian disasters.
Conference paper

Consensus is overrated: how agonistic pluralism and radical planning challenges the post-political city

This paper asks: How can planning processes be transformed to better accommodate agonistic conflict in the form of activism as a legitimate practice in the pursuit of a more democratic city?
Conference paper

Comparing lean construction with experiences from partnering and design-build construction projects in Norway

While the construction industry has long been known for conflicts and adversarial behavior, there are different delivery methods and approaches that have been developed to overcome these shortfalls. This paper aims to compare Design-Build (DB) and partnering through the lens of the lean construction approach.

The field of climate and security: a scan of the literature

The first meeting of the Academic Network examined the frameworks and methodologies used by academics to study the nexus between climate change and risks to sustaining peace, as well as the ways in which climate factors might affect the UN prevention agenda. The SSRC commissioned...

The voices of central Bougainville’s unheard veterans

Nearly two decades since the Bougainville Peace Agreement ended almost a decade of violent conflict, there has been significant progress towards peace. But legacies of the conflict still present challenges for former combatants and the communities they live in.
Conference paper

Imagining transport futures and the geography of transport fortunes

This paper examines citizen resistance against two proposed inner city toll ways, and the reimagining of transport futures and prospects they inspired. The proposed East West Link was fiercely contested attracting considerable consternation from across multiple urban publics, extending beyond residents living within the corridor...

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017: building resilience for peace and food security

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025 call on all countries and stakeholders to act together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and...

Amnesty International report 2015/16: the state of the world's human rights

The Amnesty International Report 2015/16 documents the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2015. In many regions, large numbers of refugees were on the move against a backdrop of conflict and repression. Torture and the failure to uphold sexual and reproductive...

Strategic framework to strengthen Victoria’s social cohesion and the resilience of its communities

The Strategic Framework to Strengthen Victoria's Social Cohesion and the Resilience of its Communities (the Framework) outlines: why strengthening social cohesion and building community resilience are important; Key principles for working together; and high level objectives, priority themes, activities and indicators.
Working paper

Next-door strangers: explaining ‘neighbourliness’ between Hindus and Muslims in a riot-affected city

Abstract: One of the factors demonstrated by racial or religious segregation is people’s preference for residential homophily – the tendency of like-minded people to gather in the same places. In societies disposed to ethnic conflict, homophily serves the added purpose of safety in numbers. When...

New Zealand national action plan for the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, including 1325, on women, peace & security 2015-2019

The New Zealand Government, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police and Ministry for Women, has developed a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for the period 2015 to 2019. The plan outlines how...

Global peace index 2014

This report presents the findings from the 2014 Global Peace Index, and includes an updated analysis of the economic impact of violence and a detailed assessment of country risk.

Aceh’s surprising election results

Acehnese voters registered clear displeasure with the ruling Partai Aceh in national legislative elections, argues this report. Overview The 9 April 2014 legislative elections in Aceh produced three surprises. First, voters sent a strong message of displeasure to the ruling Partai Aceh (PA), the party...

Worlds colliding: aspects of New Zealand conservative Christians' encounter with the law

This is a study of a particular religious group, 'conservative Christians';, and their reaction to cultural and legal change in recent decades. Their religious liberty is a key focus. Part I provides the background. Chapter 1 describes the conservative Christian "narrative" of New Zealand-a story...
Conference paper

Diffusing cultural awareness and maturity in lean managed organizations

The aim of this paper is to describe a lean cultural maturity model underpinned by diffusion theory. The purpose of the maturity model is to provide an understanding of organizational cultural awareness associated with the lean phenomenon.