Center for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations has a commitment to valuing diversity, collaboration, constructive dialogue and support between its members and partners.  CTPSR strives to respond to the complex challenges facing contemporary societies, with research underpinned by integrity, courage and excellence.  Our expert team of ambitious researchers create partnerships and opportunities for research that have positive impacts on the groups and institutions they engage with.


We work with individuals, communities, civil society organisations and local and national governments that are anticipating, experiencing or reacting to societal conflict and change.  Our focus is on producing research that brings people together and provides new evidence, ideas and ways of thinking to better respond to contemporary challenges.

Our research crosses disciplinary boundaries, drawing on a range of knowledge, skills, interconnections and methods in order to better understand issues and contexts. We work across geographies and sectors developing integrated approaches and practical, effective and sustainable solutions at the local and global levels.  We employ a range of innovative and participatory research methods with the objective of handing power from the researcher to researchparticipants, who are often community members or community-based organisations.

Our research funding comes from a wide range of sources, including UK research councils, the European Commission, NATO, the United Nations, national governments, the British Council, and a host of community and special interest organisations and charities based around the world.


We have a team of over 50 full-time research staff supported by professional support staff.  Most of our staff have worked internationally and many have experience in the field before joining us as academic researchers. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide.