This area of research relates to the transformation of governance, security and justice systems as a means of building peace in conflict-affected countries and regions. More specifically, this area of work is interested in questions of everyday peace and the encounter between the global (top-down) and the local (bottom-up) during and following periods of turmoil and violent conflict.
On this topic, Charles was Chief Investigator on a recently completed multi-year research project funded by the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade examining the empirical realities of social order in the ‘differently ordered’ states of West Africa. This project – ‘Understanding and Working with Local Sources of Peace, Security and Justice’ – identified how and to what effect myriad providers of everyday safety and well-being interact and produce emergent socio-political (dis)order. More detail about this project is available here.
Publications flowing from this work include:
- Kwesi Aning, Anne Brown, Volker Boege and Charles T. Hunt eds. Exploring Peace Formation: Security and Justice in Post-Colonial States (Routledge, 2018)
- Charles T. Hunt (2018) “Hybridity Revisited: Relational Approaches to Peacebuilding in Complex Sociopolitical Orders”, in Wallis, J., Kent, L., Forsyth, M., Dinnen, S. and Bose, S. eds. Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (Canberra: ANU Press): 51-65.
- Charles T. Hunt (2017) “Beyond the binaries: towards a relational approach to peacebuilding“, Global Change, Peace & Security, 29(3): 209–227.