How can societies around the world measurably reduce global conflict and its devastating impact?

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts is confronting this challenge head on.

We’re building a research community of preeminent scholars from multiple disciplines who are applying the latest scientific methodologies to understand and address the complex mix of economic, political, religious, cultural, and psychological variables that fuel conflict and the damage it inflicts on countries, communities, and individuals.

Through The Pearson Global Forum, we’re bridging the gap between research and policy by convening academics and policymakers to discuss how evidence-based public policies can help prevent and resolve conflicts.

And we’re helping new generations of conflict scholars and policymakers to acquire the skills they need to ask relevant questions, challenge the status quo, and design solutions that work.

Situated within the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum are the preeminent destination for those who care about creating a world more at peace. We attract world-class faculty, gifted students, and policymakers who understand the benefits of basing public policy and humanitarian aid decisions on rigorous, evidence-based research.

A World More at Peace

Why do some nations create wealth while others fall into abject poverty?

Why do groups fight, and why do they choose specific forms of fighting?

What strategies prove most effective in helping those affected by violent conflict heal their wounds and live more at peace?

Over the past decade, public policymakers have asked for tighter links between empirical research and policymaking. They recognize that complex, multi-faceted conflicts require policy informed by multidisciplinary study, rigorous data-driven research, and sophisticated analysis.

The Pearson Institute is forging these crucial connections. As the first institute of our kind, we are building a community of world-class scholars and pursuing a robust research agenda that will examine some of the most important and troubling issues of our time.

Annually through The Pearson Global Forum, we will also convene researchers, policymakers, security and military leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and others to consider global conflict in all its forms—and discuss how empirical insights can help inform public policy.

Under the leadership of faculty director James Robinson, the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor at the University of Chicago, The Pearson Institute is the intellectual home for anyone who works on or cares about these critical global issues. We are mobilizing the best minds and the most innovative approaches and methodologies to get to the roots of violent conflict and understand how to create a world more at peace.

James Robinson

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict; Faculty Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

James Robinson

A prominent political scientist and economist, James Robinson has conducted influential research in the field of political and economic development and the factors at the root causes of conflict. His explores the relationship between poverty and society and co-authored "Why Nations Fail."