Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene Commission (PEA)

Addressing Conflict, Displacement and Disasters

The Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene (PEA) commission evolved from the merging of the Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC), the Commission on Forced Migration and Peace (CFMP), and the Working Group on Conflict and Risk (WGCR). 

The Commission addresses the relationship between the Earth and human systems, and their impacts on peace. A special focus is placed on the linkages between problems of sustainable development and sustainable peace. PEA’s purpose is to progress mutually reinforcing scholarship on peacebuilding and ecological sustainability as processes that offset conflict, displacement and multiple disaster threats in our times. 

PEA’s special attention is paid to both the role of research-based academic contributions to this area and of those that are practice-based with the aim of opening avenues for the participation of those embedded in academia together with those active in practice and policy, including INGOs, NGOs the UN and others.

Discussions at the Commission revolve around the themes of: 

  1. Ecology and Peace: 
  • Conceptual Approaches to Peace Linkages, Peace with Nature and Peace Ecology
  • Societal Impacts of Global Environmental Change on Conflicts and Sustainable Peace
  • Decarbonization of the Economy and Sustainability Transition in the Anthropocene.
  1. Disaster and Conflict Risks:
  • Linking Early Warning of Natural Hazards and Conflicts
  • Integrated Disaster and Conflict Risk Reduction
  • Conflict and Post-conflict Peace-building, Environmental Hazards, and Disasters
  1. Forced Migration:
  • Theoretical approaches to migration
  • War-induced forced migration
  • Environmental forced migration 

Commission Co-Conveners:

  1. Andrew Collins, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK;
  2. Lydia Gitau, University of Sydney, Australia;
  3. Margaret Gamberton, University of York, UK;
  4. Rodrigo Mena, ISS of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.