Researching solutions for a more peaceful world.

The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University works to improve the effectiveness of development programs and policies for conflict-affected and fragile countries through multidisciplinary research and education. We use science and technology to:

  • Reduce armed conflict,
  • Sustain families and communities during conflict, and
  • Assist states to rapidly recover from conflict.

In 2010, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development was established at Texas A&M University to support teaching, research, and service for the advancement of the welfare of communities enduring conflict or emerging from conflict. In November 2011, Texas A&M University was selected to be a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Higher Education Solutions Network: a Network of Development Labs designed to revolutionize development through science and innovation. HESN Development Labs research, incubate, test, and accelerate solutions in partnership with local universities, organizations, and communities to deliver the greatest impact.

ConDev continues its mission to reduce armed conflict, sustain families and communities during conflict, and assist states to rapidly recover from conflict.  This is accomplished through (1) multidisciplinary, interlinked research, teaching and practice (2) dissemination of results into development policy, program design and management, and (3) scholarly publication on the causes of conflict and its remediation through the application of science and technology. The Center tests the general hypothesis that conflict at the interface of human communities is caused by perceived differential benefits from capital in its various forms, and that science and technology can be used to modify perceived benefits at those interfaces to reduce conflict and the damage it causes. 

Program Areas

ConDev’s research focuses largely on mitigating conflict related to four program areas:

  • Food Security. How to design interventions that build upon local coping strategies to incentivize food security and promote resilience?
  • Natural Resource Management. How can natural resource management be used as a peace-building approach?
  • Youth Employment. How to engage youth populations through workforce development linked to jobs?
  • Local Institutions. How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and promote cooperation dynamics?

Cross-Cutting Themes

In addition to its four primary program areas, ConDev also has four cross-cutting themes that are central to its operations:


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