Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation

  • Emery Brusset
  • Cedric de Coning
  • Bryn Hughes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Emery Brusset, Cedric de Coning, Bryn Hughes
    Pages 1-15
  3. Insights from Complexity Thinking

  4. Insights from Complexity Practice

  5. Coping with Complexity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Emery Brusset, Cedric de Coning, Bryn Hughes
      Pages 273-284
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book


This book covers the design, evaluation, and learning for international interventions aiming to promote peace. More specifically, it reconceptualises this space by critically analysing mainstream approaches – presenting both conceptual and empirical content. This volume offers a variety of original and insightful contributions to the debates grappling with the adoption of complexity thinking.

Insights from Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation addresses the core dilemma that practitioners have to confront: how to function in situations that are fast changing and complex, when equipped with tools designed for neither? How do we reconcile the tension between the use of linear causal logic and the dynamic political transitions that interventions are meant to assist?

Readers will be given a rare opportunity to superimpose the latest conceptual innovations with the latest case study applications and from a diverse spectrum of organisational vantage points. This provides the myriad practitioners and consultants in this space with invaluable insights as to how to improve their trade craft, while ensuring policy makers and the accompanying research/academic industry have clearer guidance and innovative thinking. This edited volume provides critically innovative offerings for the audiences that make up this broad area’s practitioners, researchers/academics/educators, and consultants, as well as policy makers.


Peacebuilding Complexity Evaluation International Relations Policy evaluation conflict conflicts Crisis Management defence European Union (EU) Front international relations intervention Peace Peace Operation peace studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Emery Brusset
    • 1
  • Cedric de Coning
    • 2
  • Bryn Hughes
    • 3
  1. 1.Social Terrain Limited, UK SuffolkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)OsloNorway
  3. 3.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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