The Impetus for Peace Studies to Make a Collaborative Turn: Towards Community Collaborative Research

  • Bennett Collins
  • Alison Watson
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter focuses upon the value of a collaborative community research approach within peace research and in particular upon the work that the authors are undertaking with activists and community organizers from Indigenous communities in North America and in East Africa. Using original case studies that focus upon moving the rights of Indigenous peoples forward in each country, this chapter outlines a praxis that is akin to “action research” in anthropology, where the researcher not only documents and examines what is taking place but uses that knowledge to advocate on behalf of the community with the community’s goals in mind.


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  • Bennett Collins
    • 1
  • Alison Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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