Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace




The GHFP's research focuses on investigating key areas of human concern. We believe that identifying good questions can lead to changes in people's perceptions, attitudes and ways of thinking.
Our research-team is made up of senior researchers, research fellows, visiting fellows, research associates and research assistants.
There are regular research dialogue meetings at GHFP HQ in Brighton. These events are attended by 6-12 scholars for open-ended conversations on topics of mutual interests, including peace, conflict transformation, education, well-being and livelihood.
Our basis for research is peace as a human concept. Our vision regards peace as the highest virtue such that the flourishing of all humanity, life and our planet is an explicit expression of peace. We seek a compelling definition of peace to be understood in its holistic dimensions - interpersonal, sociopolitical, spiritual, national, international and global, and as the fruit of value-based governance and ethical ways of being.
Another element of our research is dialogue as key to mutual understanding. So we explore the nature of dialogue, divergent theories and methodologies, and practical implementation of dialogue in different fields. We have particular interest in how spirituality and religion may enhance our understanding of each other through dialogue, thereby having an impact on contemporary human life, including values and assumptions that underpin science, morality and economics.
Our research into human-centred education investigates questions that can serve as a basis for conversations about the aims of education, the nature of learning and about ways to develop learning-communities. The research focus is to explore approaches to education that can nurture humane qualities and individual well-being. We look at how human-centred education may foster peace, harmony and transformation in our societies.
Our research into livelihood focuses on the positive opportunities for well-being and flourishing. It distinguishes between the true picture of the situation and views that are distorted by ideology and self-interest. Our work seeks to discover areas where new concepts or approaches might be needed, and where stakeholders and players make important unstated assumptions such that development can be based on respect for dignity, identity, nature.



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Diverse research methodologies
The GHFP's research applies diverse research methodologies and methods, including philosophical inquiry, empirical studies, conceptual mapping and action-based research. In this way, the GHFP also creates a forum for presenting and sharing contemporary thinking from a variety of perspectives.