Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security

Organisational unit: Centre

Organisation profile

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.