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The UCLan Peace and Justice Studies Network

Welcome to the University of Central Lancashire’s Peace and Justice Studies Network. The Network aims to provide a forum for individuals and groups, both within and external to UCLan, to engage with the study of promoting peace and justice, in all its manifestations. It will engage with ‘hate crime’, and other criminal, discriminatory, or adverse behaviour, but its aim is the promotion of peace and justice.

The Network has been made possible by Higher Education Innovation Funding within UCLan’s Lancashire Law School. In part, the funding is to enable and promote knowledge transfer between the University and communities.

The aim is to create an environment that attracts and engages with excellent theoretical and ‘real life’ applications of research and practice from academics and practitioners. Recent collaborations, for example, have seen research staff evaluate Restorative Justice and ‘hate crime’ projects within the North West. 

The Network aims to be interdisciplinary. It offers not only evaluation of existing programmes to promote peace and justice, but also research into potential new programmes.  It engages, for example, with the factors leading to anti-social but also discriminatory behaviour in many contexts, and their wide effects: The Network is linked to our Criminal Justice Partnership, and the researchers within this.

The Network also builds on the EU Daphne 111 funded project for research into:

  • The protection of children, young people and women against all forms of violence and attain a high level of health protection, well-being and social cohesion.
  • Its specific objective is to contribute to the prevention of, and the fight against all forms of violence occurring in the public or the private domain, including sexual exploitation and trafficking of human beings. (When Law and Hate Collide)

The Network will also provide Continuous Professional development opportunities: offering for example, (but not exclusive to), training in:

  • Engaging with Diversity
  • Supporting Victims of Crime
  • Responding to Hate Crime
  • Restorative Practices
  • Mediation

Conferences and events

‘Promoting Peace and Justice in Innovative Ways: The Launch of the UCLan Peace and Justice Studies Network.’

Friday 13th July 2018 10.00am – 4.00pm
Media Innovation Studio, Fourth Floor, Media Factory

In the year of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Friday 13th July saw the launch the UCLan's Peace and Justice Studies Network.  This event involved a range of short talks from academics and practitioners discussing ‘best practice’ and new innovations for promoting peace and justice, in various contexts, for example, in restorative justice, hate crime, rehabilitation in prisons, community cohesion/resilience in the wake of terrorist attacks. The conference used innovative techniques to illustrate a range of methods to educate, rehabilitate and transform lives in multiple settings, including a dramatic performance by OddArts, and a cartoonist from ICE capturing the day – images to follow soon!

The network aims to encourage partnerships with a particular emphasis upon future collaborations, sharing best practice, programme development and research design. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and delegates have already shared their experiences of creating new collaborations.

More information and photos to follow.


How to become a member

We are working on creating an online membership application, but in the meantime please complete this form and return to: Or


Kim McGuire

For further information, contact:

Dr Kim McGuire