PeaceREP (Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform) is collaborative research programme that aims to re-think “peace and transition processes in light of changing conflict dynamics, changing demands of inclusion, and changes in patterns of global intervention in conflict and peace/mediation/transition management processes.” It is based at the University of Edinburgh.

The program began in 2017 under the auspices of the Conflict Research Programme based at the London School of Economics. Throughout, it has been funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and has been subject to administrative and budgetary disruption consequent on the escalating dysfunction of the British government.

WPF’s work focuses on the “political marketplace,” in which transactional politics increasingly trumps institutional politics and that political transactions are increasingly monetized. Hence, political life is amenable to analysis as a market. While this framing was first developed for the turbulent, strife-torn countries of the Horn of Africa, it is relevant elsewhere.

During 2021/22 our main effort in this field has been on the intersection between political markets and extreme hunger, with a series of case studies published along with a paper synthesizing the overall research findings.


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Decarbonization and Conflict Resolution
New Patterns of Peacemaking in Political Marketplace Systems and its Implications for the Clean Energy Transition


By Ben Spatz, Aditya Sarkar and Alex de Waal

Hunger in Sudan’s Political Marketplace

APRIL 2022


By Eddie Thomas and Alex de Waal

‘The Political Marketplace Framework and Mass Starvation: How Can Humanitarian Analysis, Early Warning and Response Be Improved?’


Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

By Aditya Sarkar, Benjamin J. Spatz, Alex de Waal, Christopher Newton and Daniel Maxwell.

Starvation in Syria: A Political Marketplace Analysis


By Mohammad Kanfash

Coming soon…