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About us

The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is based in the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to global security challenges to create innovative research, education, and training in conflict and cooperation in world politics. We aim to:


  • Sustain and advance a culture that enables world-leading research
  • Generate impact with practitioner communities
  • Be the destination of choice for students seeking knowledge and skills about global security challenges
  • Inspire meaningful engagement with real-world issues


Our research priorities fall under five main headings:


Trust in World Politics: Analysing the dynamics of interpersonal trust in international adversarial relationships.

Political Settlements: Understanding the origins, nature, and impact of mediation and negotiation in political settlement processes in fragile and conflict-affected states.

International Political Psychology: Assessing the psychological factors that shape decision-making in key policy areas.

Nuclear Responsibilities: Addressing the key nuclear issues of global governance, responsible nuclear sovereignty, and non-proliferation.

International Drone Policy: Exploring the security and policy implications of the military, commercial, and nefarious uses of drone technologies.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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