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.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS for JPD Special Issue:
    Crisis and Conflict in the Muslim World: Localisation of Responses
    Volume 15 Number 2

    JPD is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace

    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 15, Issue 2 to be published in August 2020.

    With Visiting Editors Sultan Barakat, founding director of the Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute and Professor of Politics at the University of York, and Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Co-Founder and Founding Editor of JPD.

    The aim of the Special Issue is to examine in detail the concept of localisation of responses to crisis and conflict within the context of the Muslim world. . In response to profound structural and cultural shifts in many Muslim countries around the world, localization can be seen as a real and driving catalyst for post-conflict resolution and reconstruction and it is therefore timely and crucial to illuminate the concept of localization within such environments. The concentration of wars and armed conflict disproportionately taking place in Muslim countries resulted in more than half (55.8% at the end of 2018 according to UNHCR records) of refugees worldwide to be coming from Muslim countries, and it was Muslim majority countries which hosted the most refugees by the end of the same period of time. Community participation is regarded as an essential factor in successfully developing and collaborating with communities affected by crisis and conflict. Yet over the years this guiding principle has often not been effectively implemented, with fewer resources going into genuine participatory work at the local level than is funnelled through international agents. This comes at a time when more communities have developed the capacities to engage with regional and international actors. This is further compounded by a lack of understanding of the significance of localisation and a lack of leadership in developing it as a practice. Localisation is an emerging major debate in various responses to conflict and crisis. The concept, which re-emerged following the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, seeks to address the issues of a top-down approach by utilizing culturally appropriate local knowledge and giving ownership of recovery and responses to conflict to local actors with support from the wider structures of the international community. Additionally, in critical peace-building scholarship, a recent ‘local turn’ has focused on agency and institutions at the local level and its potential in resolving conflict and achieving lasting peace. Post-conflict recovery has also addressed localisation in terms of community-driven reconstruction.

    Recognizing the complexity of conflict response and the increasing blurring of lines between domains, papers are particularly welcome on localisation across and between various responses to conflict including humanitarian action, conflict resolution, and long-term reconstruction in the Muslim world.

    The Special Issue is eager to invite original, pioneering and innovative contributions which:

    • Illuminate the concept of local ownership and localisation in the context of crisis and conflict
    • Contextualize localisation within the Muslim World with reference to customs, evidence and experience
    • Consider theoretical, practical, ethical and ideological responses to conflict in the Muslim World
    • Examine and evaluate local practices and applications of conflict resolution and transformation, as well as emergency relief and reconstruction approaches
    • Identify local agents of peace-making and reconstruction attempts, with a special focus on contributions from marginalised groups. Assess the dynamics between local and international agents

    All manuscripts are subject to a double-blind peer review process. Articles submitted to the Journal should be original contributions and are subject to peer review. 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
    • Book reviews: 1000 word maximum for single reviews, 2,500 if multi-book review/analysis;
      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 CfP deadline of August 10, 2019. 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 October 10, 2019 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.