Guest editorial

Published date12 October 2022
Date12 October 2022
Subject MatterHealth & social care,Criminology & forensic psychology,Aggression,conflict & peace,Sociology,Gender studies,Gender violence,Political sociology,policy & social change,Social conflicts,War/peace
AuthorLinda M. Johnston,Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Guest editorial
Linda M. Johnston and Zahid Shahab Ahmed
Emerging peace research part 1
By virtue of their origins in the West, certain fields are dominated by scholars from the
Western world. This is particularly true to International Relations and related disciplines like
Peace and Conflict Studies. While we acknowledge that there are numerous Western
scholars, such as Johan Galtung and Betty Reardon, who have made significant
contributions to peace research,there is a need for out of the box thinking to look beyond to
discover the work that scholars in the global South have produced. Besides resource and
linguistic limitations, often scholars from the developing world lack opportunities to share
their knowledge.A recent study found that scholars in the global South are underrepresented
in top international peer-reviewed journals in social and medical sciences (Cummings and
Hoebink, 2017). Similarly, another study reported that scholars from Africa, Asia, Latina
America and the Middle East are missing from leading journals in politics and gender,
published in the USA and Europe(Medie and Kang, 2018). This reality is prevalent in peace
research too. Considering how the context is important in peace research, it is important to
provide designated space to researchers from the global South to develop their ideas that
can impact thefield of peace research.
The field of peace research is still expanding,and at its best, continuously incorporating new
and different voices, new types of research methodologies and various areas of cross-
disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies. To accomplish these goals, journals that highlight
peace research must purposely seek out non-Western and/or English-centric studies.
Scholars who are from the areas where the research is being conducted can offer insights
into both rigorous research and an insider perspective. These same researchers will most
probably not have to hire interpreters and travel may be easier, especially in these times of
COVID-19. These unique voices are not heard by accident or chance but instead must be
deliberately and specifically sought out. The challenge to seek out these unique voices is
ongoing and takes diverse board and reviewercommittees to ensure that the process is not
stopped at “what we know and is familiar to us” but rather is focused on “what we still want
and need to learn.” It is these deliberateactions to seek out the work of these scholars that is
the focus of this editorial.
The International Peace ResearchAssociation Foundation has been funding peace research
in two forms since 1991. The Foundation’s funded research covers the field in termsof both
research methodologyand focuses on theory, research, educationand practice. This special
issue will be unique for three reasons:
1. the international nature of both our scholars and their research projects;
2. the breadth and depth of the research the Foundation funds; and
3. the interdisciplinary nature of the research.
The first form is the Senesh Fellowshipwhich grants two fellowships for women per year at US
$5,000 per year. To attract the best candidates from around the world, and especially from
the global south, the IPRA Foundation Senesh program accepts applications in three
languages: French, Spanish andEnglish. At a time when most scholarships and fellowships
Linda M. Johnston is
President of the International
Peace Research Association
Foundation. She is Professor
Emerita of Conflict
Management, Kennesaw
State University, Kennesaw,
Georgia, USA.
Zahid Shahab Ahmed is
Institute for Citizenship and
Globalization, Deakin
University, Burwood,
DOI 10.1108/JACPR-10-2022-727 VOL. 14 NO. 4 2022, pp. 285-286, ©Emerald Publishing Limited, ISSN 1759-6599 jJOURNAL OF AGGRESSION, CONFLICT AND PEACE RESEARCH jPAGE 285

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