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 the Law school. In part, the funding is to enable and promote knowledge transfer between the University and other 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.
However, 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 Centre 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 Centre will also provide Continuous Professional development opportunities: offering for example, (but not exclusive to), training in: