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Trusting the Enemy: Understanding Intergroup Trust in Conflict and Peace Studies through Social Psychological Approaches

National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Trust is the glue that holds relationships together – hard to build, easy to destroy. While intuitively, conflict groups and researchers alike have an implicit understanding of trust, when trying to describe what trust is, it becomes clear that it is an elusive and complex concept.

This project focuses on furthering our understanding of the multidimensional nature of trust. It aims for researchers and practitioners alike to better understand how conflict persists through distrust, how peace building can be empowered through trust, and how fragile intergroup relations can be strengthened through systematic trust building. This work intends to build on the Intergroup Trust Model (Kappmeier, 2016; 2017), which hypothesizes that trust between groups is shaped by the five dimensions of competence, integrity, compassion, compatibility, and security.
Candidates interested in the broad theme of intergroup trust are encouraged to submit a research proposal that relates to one of the following research areas:
• Intergroup Trust
• Social Identity
• Police – Community Relation
• Interfaith Relations
• Collective Memories
• Social-psychological Dimensions in Peace and Conflict Studies

More information on the supervisor Dr. Mariska Kappmeier:


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