Work packages


The research and work carried out in this project is divided between 10 different work packages (WPs). Each work package is lead by a partner institution of the project, however all partners collaborate in each of them (except WP10 – Management).

WP1 Alternative Epistemologies of Justice and Security
WP2 Conflict transformation analysis
WP3 Restorative Justice models application
WP4 Activating civil society
WP5 Practicing encounters
WP6 Fostering victim-oriented dialogue
WP7 Activating community through a multi-agency approach
WP8 Comparative analysis
WP9 Dissemination
WP10 Management

WP1 – Alternative Epistemologies of Justice and Security

Leading partner:

KU Leuven

Work package leader:

Brunilda Pali

Objectives:

  • Critically analysing the existing epistemologies of thinking, talking about, and doing justice in current democratic societies, especially in relation to the discourse on human security
  • Challenging current risk and insecurity perceptions especially related to intercultural or multicultural settings by questioning the ontology and ethics of ‘self’ and ‘other’ and their relation
  • Offer a better theoretical understanding based on alternative epistemologies of doing justice and enhancing security in democratic societies on how to tackle conflict, especially in multicultural settings in a constructive way
  • Pursue and argue for RJ as an alternative academic discourse to the current dominant discourses on justice and human security

WP2 – Conflict transformation analysis

Leading partner:

NOVA

Work package leader:

Ida Hydle

Objectives:

  • To analyse ‘conflict’ in intercultural contexts (types of conflict, characteristics, actors, worldviews)
  • To analyse conflict transformation and security perceptions in intercultural contexts
  • To investigate the role of dialogical processes and contribution from civil society in conflict transformation at individual and societal level
  • To investigate the role of gender and age in conflict perception and transformation

WP3 – RJ models application

Leading partner:

European Forum for Restorative Justice

Work package leader:

Edit Törzs

Objectives:

  • Studying existing RJ models and their potential application to conflicts in an intercultural context
  • Analysing the relevance of RJ in intercultural settings and possible implications for EU policies

WP4 – Activating civil society

Leading partner:

IRKS

Work package leader:

Katrin Kremmel

Objectives:

  • Study the potential of active participation of citizens and of civil society organisations (NGOs ) in the resolution of conflicts in an intercultural context – aiming at enhancing security and diminishing feelings of insecurity (=theoretical basis)
  • Describe and analyse micro-level conflicts in public/social housing estates with substantial numbers of migrants in Vienna (= the phenomenon)
  • Describe and analyse existing projects of conflict resolution in public housing estates located at three different sites in Vienna. [The already existing projects are targeted at small-scale (everyday) conflicts between inhabitants of these public/social housing estates and apply a different mix of mediation and social work, of work with professional and volunteer mediators, respectively]
  • Carry out action research consisting of the development of a model for ‘local capacity building’ through the preparation and the setting up of RJ-oriented training in conflict resolution in these three sites and by evaluating the contribution of this training to local capacity building and to the sustainable enhancement of perceptions and feelings of security

WP5 – Practicing encounters

Leading partner:

Foresee Research Group

Work package leader:

Gabriella Benedek

Objectives:

The main goal of the work package is to explore how and to which way the restorative approach and method can affect the attitudes, conflict resolution methods, and feeling of security of small communities in cultural, ethnical based conflicts. The conclusions of the work package are conceived on meso-level. The main objectives are the followings:

  • Identifying the conditions and circumstances required for the successful application of the restorative justice approach and practices in conflicts between Roma and non-Roma people in local communities.
  • Identifying those areas in which restorative practices can be effectively applied in conflicts between Roma and non-Roma people, and to evaluate the possible outcome of the restorative interventions.
  • Finding out how and at what points restorative theory and practice can be integrated into the existing institutional structure with special focus on the justice, law-enforcement and welfare system, in order to make the operation of the existing statutory system more effective.
  • To assess how the restorative practices and approach can be aligned with other intervention methods (community development, child protection, social work services etc.), and to identify the limitations of the different intervention methods.

WP6 – Fostering victim-oriented dialogue

Leading partner:

Victimology Society of Serbia

Work package leader:

Sanja Copic

Objectives:

  • Identifying problems and positive experiences in conflict solving.
  • Proposing the model to be used on regular basis for conflict prevention and conflict solving in multi-ethnic parts of Serbia as a way to improve the security of the citizens.
  • Involving citizens from multi-ethnic communities, particularly victims, in democratic processes for peace-building and conflict resolution.
  • Stimulating the cooperation of citizens and state institutions in order to come to long term civil security and justice solutions for multi-ethnic communities.

The final objective of this WP is to identify, propose and implement a good model of conflict resolution in multi-ethnic contexts in Europe through involving all citizens, in particular victims. Researchers working in this work package have a long theoretical and research history of combining RJ models with broader conflict resolution models with high degrees of success.

WP7 – Activating community through a multi-agency approach

Leading partner:

University of Ulster

Work package leader:

Tim Chapman

Objectives:

  • Contribute through researching RJ concepts and practices in assisting Northern Ireland to move from being a conflicted society to an agreed society after 40 years of violent civil conflict.
  • To provide alternative understandings of conflict and its resolution and to develop and design appropriate RJ strategies and interventions that strengthen social inclusion, active citizenship and social cohesion in a variety of social contexts.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of training community activists, political prisoners and ex-combatants in RJ and non-violent methods of resolving conflict.
  • Conducting an action research programme focusing on restorative responses in three sites in order to adequately address conflicts between: a local community and gangs of youths; between long term residents and recent immigrants; and inter-community sectarian conflict.

WP8 – Comparative analysis

Leading partner:

KU Leuven

Work package leader:

Inge Vanfraechem

Objectives:

The project design relies on two levels of exchange and interaction:

  • between theory development in WP 1-2-3 on the one hand and practice oriented pilot studies in WP 4, 5, 6 and 7 on the other hand;
  • between the empirical observations and findings of the case studies of WP 4, 5, 6 and 7 mutually.

Mutual support and ongoing exchange within these two levels is crucial. Therefore, the comparative analysis will move along these two lines and has as central aim to make integration possible. More specifically, the objectives of this work package are:

  • To make theoretical concepts and insights from WPs 1- 3 operational on behalf of action research WPs 4-7.
  • To offer support to WPs 4-7 in adopting a comparable action research methodology and to follow-up.
  • To develop a comparative methodological framework, so that findings in the four pilot studies can be recorded in a similar way and common analysis, evaluation and discussion will be made possible.
  • To analyse, interpret and orient empirical developments in WPs 4-7 against the background of theoretical frameworks as developing in WPs 1-3.
  • To analyse comparatively the final results of the four pilot studies and to feed them back into the theoretical frameworks.

WP9 – Dissemination

Leading partner:

European Forum for Restorative Justice

Work package leader:

Edit Törzs

Objectives:

Dissemination has been conceived as an important phase in the research itself where preliminary findings and insights will be presented at regional workshops, in order to confront them and to complete them with experiences and findings from other projects and practices in this field (in other countries). In addition there is also the element of informing and awareness building among our target groups (end-users). During the action research in WPs 4-7, we use participatory filmmaking for research and for dissemination purposes. Work Package 9 describes therefore a set of combined dissemination objectives and activities. These include the following elements:

Goals

  • Gaining attention of all target groups on the application of RJ in settings of intercultural conflict as a way to promote solutions of justice and security.
  • Informing and increasing public knowledge about the benefits of mediation, especially in areas of conflict or potential areas of conflict in multicultural settings.
  • Confront and compare findings with other projects and practices in the field throughout Europe.
  • Stimulate and support implementation by contributing to the development of models of alternative RJ-oriented models of conflict resolution in different European countries.
  • Plan further cooperation and discuss further research agenda.

Dissemination tools used during this project:

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WP10 – Management

Responsible partner for management:

KU Leuven

Project manager:

Inge Vanfraechem

Project coordinator:

Ivo Aertsen

Objectives:

  • Ensure the scientific coordination between the consortium partners and the Work Packages
  • Establishing an efficient communication and cooperation structure and environment among partners
  • Ensure timely deliverables and project execution by monitoring the quality and the progress of the project
  • Provide an efficient and effective management of the project
  • Manage the project resources and budget to achieve the planned results
  • Provide efficient management and administration of the project, while fulfilling all legal and EC requirements and complying with Grant Agreement and consortium agreements
  • Establish a functional management structure to ensure efficient communication between the partners and with the EC
  • Provide assistance and advice to the partners regarding administration and reporting
  • Identify potential problems at an early stage and provide timely and effective solutions.