Research Project Synopsis

To keep everyone updated on where are research is now and moving forward, we’ve put together a brief synopsis. Please feel free to send us feedback at sportandpeace at gmail.com.

Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program & Generations For Peace
Sport & Peacebuilding Research Project
Sarah J. Hillyer, PhD
Meeghan Zahorsky

Objective: The research aims at mapping the field of sport and peacebuilding and identifying best practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs that explicitly use sport to teach conflict resolution skills and to promote more peaceful communities.

Research Synopsis: Following a thorough review of the literature, desk research, networking, and outreach, three Georgetown University master’s students and one post-doctoral fellow carried out extensive field research in Cyprus, France, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Palestine, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The research took place between May and August 2011 and included more than 20 site visits, 73 interviews, and 40 organizations. Using semi-structured interviews and ethnographic observations, the research team examined the design, implementation, and evaluation of sport and peacebuilding programs.

The mapping and data collected has framed the “promising practices” portion of our research, while an extensive literature review and upcoming analysis will allow us to situate the field of sport and peacebuilding within the related theories of conflict resolution, social psychology, international relations, economics, peace education, and sport sociology.

Phase I: Student reports
Several short reports will be submitted prior to the release of the book. The students’ reports will include context specific findings (e.g. Integration through Sport – Germany; Sport for Development & Peace – South Africa; Comparing PeacePlayers International and Generations For Peace Models of Peacebuilding – Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Palestine).
Anticipated release date: November 30, 2011.

Phase II: Post-Doctoral Fellow report
Dr. Hillyer will submit a more thorough and extensive report that synthesizes the summer findings and introduces concepts that will be elaborated on in the book:
Review of the literature devoted to sport and peacebuilding
Methodology
Mapping and Typology of organizations identified
Findings – trends and promising practices identified
Recommendations
Anticipated release date: March 1, 2012.

Phase III: Book Release
Sport and Peace: More than a tool, less than a panacea
We will situate the field of sport and peacebuilding within the related theories of conflict resolution, social psychology, international relations, economics, peace education, and sport sociology. This book will be the first text supported by a wide data set and multidisciplinary theory that holistically looks at sport  programming as a viable and dynamic method for peacebuilding.
Anticipated release date: TBD

Special thanks to Generations For Peace (http://generationsforpeace.com/) for their generous financial support and to the Master of Arts Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University (http://conflictresolution.georgetown.edu/).

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