Who We Are

RUNMAPP aims to address UN media specific research gaps that occur in complex peace-building and peacekeeping processes. By UN media we refer, in particular, to those media assets and capabilities – e.g. radio stations and programmes, TV programmes, websites, social media and various other communication interventions deployed by the UN and its partners during peace support and peacekeeping operations (PSOs/PKOs). Over recent decades, more than a dozen radio stations have been set up by UN Peace Missions in crises states such as Cambodia as far back as 1992, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Mali and Central African Republic more recently. Such UN media deployments often operate in fragile and polarized media landscapes where reliable information is a particularly scarce resource.However, the role, effectiveness and consequences of UN media interventions in such politically, economically, socially and culturally challenging contexts have gone largely unexamined.

RUNMAPP will explore the theoretical, conceptual and empirical blind spots drawing on the expertise of our multi-disciplinary group of researchers from communication and journalism studies, law and political science. Moreover, our aspiration is to include all relevant fields of expertise, such as UN studies, peace and conflict studies, sociology or ethnography.

What We Do

Our network is growing and we are bringing together researchers from various backgrounds with a shared interest in the media, the UN, peace and conflict. As an emerging research hub on UN media, we are developing a comprehensive research agenda through workshops, conferences and seminars and, will be publishing substantial empirical research and theoretical reflections. By raising additional third-party funding, we will address key research desiderata to holistically inform national and global policy makers.

We are following an interdisciplinary approach and are working towards achieving a strong cross-fertilisation between theory and empirical praxis, desk-based analyses and evidence gathering through fieldwork. To do so, we are working closely with practitioners, experts and specialists from academia and think tanks, as well as people from within and outside the UN and media, at the international and local levels.

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Interested in what we’re doing? Like to join our initiative? Please feel free to get in touch with a member of our steering committee to discuss your ideas and any questions you might have:

Dr Emma Heywood, University of Sheffield

Dr Jacob Udo Udo Jacob, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA, USA

Sacha Meuter, Head of Research, FondationHirondelle, Switzerland

Dr Dirk-Claas Ulrich, TU Dortmund University, Germany