Journal of Peacebuilding and Development

ISSN 1542-3166 (Print), 2165-7440 (Online)

Publication Frequency 3 issues per year

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JPD is a refereed journal providing a forum for the sharing of critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace. As a refereed journal with a unique mission, JPD offers a professional and respected tool for promoting dialogue and expanding networks on critical peacebuilding discussions towards coherent, constructive action. Our networks of scholar communities, policy-makers and advisors, practitioners and activists across the North and South that we serve and seek to better serve engage in dialogue around critical issues at the heart of our collective global search for peace. JPD’s capturing of innovative practices, policy analysis and recommendations, and theory derived from the on-the-ground realities that people in conflict and fragile contexts face, offers holistic, practical and visionary approaches that seek to influence policy and practice in ways that support transformative processes globally.


  • Aiming to develop theory-practice and South-North dialogues, JPD examines critical peacebuilding and development topics that challenge our era, including:

    • Building resilient states, societies, and livelihoods

    • Infrastructures for peace and violence prevention

    • Political economy of violence, conflict, and peacebuilding

    • Peacebuilding and statebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected contexts

    • Economic dimensions of justice, reconciliation, and social cohesion

    • Identities and relationships in conflict and development

    • Natural resources, the environment, and peacebuilding

    • Human rights and human security

    • Nonviolence and social change

    • Aid coherence and coordination in peacebuilding and development

    • Paradigmatic approaches and theories underpinning policy and practice

    • Peace and conflict sensitive planning, policy making, programming, and monitoring and evaluation

    • Cross-cutting issues: governance, national and local ownership, hybridity, capacity development, power and empowerment, the role of culture, targeting special groups (i.e. women, youth, and minorities).

    JPD foregrounds qualitative methodologies, especially empirically based case studies that facilitate grounded and fresh analysis to serve theory, policy, and strategy development. JPD offers a space for scholars and practitioners to examine the logic and impacts of dominant polices and practices, and to cultivate visionary, holistic approaches striving to advance collaboration between the fields of peacebuilding and development. Our authors, advisors, and editorial staff represent global scholarship, practice, and activism.


    SPECIAL ISSUE Volume 17 Number 3

    Transforming Our Common Crisis: Climate Change and the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus

    The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (JPD) is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace. JPD is calling for papers for the Special Issue Volume 17, Issue 3 to be published in December 2022. JPD aims to develop theory-practice and South-North dialogues, foregrounding qualitative methodologies that highlight the micro, hidden impacts of dominant policies and practices.

    Visiting Editors: 

    Eric Abitbol, Practice Leader, Environment, Security and Conflict Transformation (EnSeCT), Universalia

    Erin McCandless, Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand

    For some three decades, concern about the climate crisis and the multi-dimensionality of its effects and challenges has been growing. Climate change is now well recognized as a threat multiplier, increasing the likelihood, frequency and intensity of natural hazards as well as displacement, inequality and conflict. While the Global North is disproportionately responsible for the causes and effects of the expanding crisis, the Global South bears the brunt of its devastating consequences. Injustices of the climate crisis are of global proportions, with implications across natural, built and socio-political environments. While climate change and conflict do not share causal links, the relationship between them, and other forms of disaster, fragility and uneven development is intersectional, multidirectional, and compounding, with dire humanitarian consequences. As recognized at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, transforming the climate and concomitant crises requires responses at the intersection of multiple disciplines, values, and priorities. Building on decades of deliberation and action, the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) “triple nexus” is gaining rapid traction in policy and practice communities around the world as engagement with crisis complexity deepens. Despite growing strategic alignment of the three sectors, and now increasingly with climate change, challenges remain in crafting effective, flexible, adaptive, and sustainable responses to complex issues. Understanding how different sectors can together foster synergistic and transformative solutions that consolidate capacities and resources remains paramount.

    Responding to a need for greater analysis, evidence and shared lessons, this Special Issue seeks original, innovative, transdisciplinary and grounded scholarship that critically examines the climate-HDP nexus, intent on advancing the generation of transformative solutions. Key themes and questions guiding this issue include:

    ·         How is the climate crisis creating opportunities for synergistic thought and transformative action between humanitarian, peace, development, and environmental communities?

    ·         How does the climate-HDP nexus reproduce or transform power asymmetries, and what are implications for historically marginalized states, communities and people?

    ·         How do notions of resilience, building back better and greener, and transformation offer shared lenses or approaches for bridging humanitarian, development and peace efforts?

    ·         What role do new social contracts at global and national levels play in crafting agreements for transforming the climate crisis?

    ·         How do considerations of climate justice and intergenerational equity factor into sustaining peace and preventing future crises?

    ·         How does an emergent networked multilateralism enable the global community to respond effectively to the climate crisis and overlapping humanitarian, development and conflict-related challenges?

    ·         How can the historic siloing of political priorities, sectors and institutional mandates be overcome, towards generating greater synergies across the triple nexus and climate finance landscapes?

    ·         To what extent does the global community generate appropriate and timely actionable evidence and lessons across the HDP-climate nexus?

    All manuscripts submitted to the Journal should be original contributions and are subject to a double-blind peer review process. With occasional exceptions, the editors prioritize articles based on empirically grounded case studies. All submissions must link issues of peace and/or conflict with some aspect of development. Please note that the article should not be under consideration by other publishers. Articles are read by the Journal’s editors as well as by two to four outside reviewers.

    The following types of submissions will be considered: 

    Full articles: critical case studies and/or thematic discussion and analysis of topical peacebuilding and development themes, 8,000 word maximum, including references and endnotes;

    Briefings: discussions of 1) training, peacebuilding and intervention strategies and impact, 2) policy review/analysis, or 3) country briefings, 2,500 word maximum;

    Policy Dialogues: short policy briefings engaging two key topics on the international policy agenda: The New Deal on Engagement with Fragile States, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2,500 word maximum

    Resources: notices of new books, reports, upcoming conferences, videos, e-communications and websites, 150 word maximum;

    Documents: declarations, communiqués, and other relevant NGO or multilateral organization statements, 1,000 word maximum.

    Submission deadline: Authors are advised to send abstracts only by the CfP deadline of January 11, 2022. They should be 250-500 words and indicate if the intention is a full article (8000 words) or briefing (2500 words). Full submissions that miss this deadline may be considered up until February 22, 2022, depending on space, and can still be referred to future issues.

    To submit: You will be required to open an account and upload your abstract as a new submission. You will be asked to submit your abstract in a text field (word limited) and are also required to submit a main document which should contain the following information: title; author contact details (mailing, phone, email); bio; keywords; full abstract.

    All submissions should be made via the following site:, and in MSWord .docx format.

    Any diagrams and maps should be submitted in .JPEG, .EPS or .TIFF format. Tables may appear in the text, but do not apply frames or tints. Copyright of articles published in the Journal rests with the publisher.

    For more information and Author Guidelines please visit our website.