Peace-Sustainability Nexus Research Project


Dahlia Simangan, Assistant Professor, Hiroshima University and IEP Ambassador alongside colleagues at the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University compiled a systematic review of literature on the peace–sustainability nexus. The project mapped the scientific literature interaction between the Pillars of Positive Peace and the various dimensions of sustainability, inclusive of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

How Positive Peace was implemented:

This project activated Positive Peace by integrating the Pillars throughout the research. Professor Simangan also used knowledge acquired through the IEP ambassador programme to design a two-year research project entitled ‘Sustainable Peace and Peaceful Sustainability in Conflict-Affected Societies’.

The first component of the project examines the interaction between Positive Peace and environmental sustainability at the national level. The second component of this project is the collection of field research data from Afghanistan and Nepal to highlight the local manifestations of the relationship between Positive Peace and environmental sustainability.


The project strengthened the academic research into peace and sustainability. The relationship between the positive dimension of peace and more local manifestations of environmental sustainability remains grossly underexamined. The research paper addressed this gap by unpacking the complex relationship between the two areas.