Programs and Research
The Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution programs and research advance best practices in conflict management and resolution, providing resources for researchers and practitioners in the field.
The Restorative Justice Program
CNCR became involved in studying restorative justice as it relates to conflict management and resolution in 2008 when we partnered on a Bureau of Justice Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice grant with the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. The product of the grant was the first comprehensive repository for resources related to restorative justice in the Southeastern United States. As the Restorative Justice Clearinghouse took shape, CNCR decided to expand the project to examine restorative justice legislation across the U.S. and create an online database for researchers and practitioners alike.
CRiSP — Conflict Resolution in Schools Program
The consortium’s Conflict Resolution in Schools Program (CRiSP) examines the institutionalization of conflict resolution education in K-12 schools. CRiSP was initiated in 1998 as a service-learning pilot engaging university students to teach conflict resolution to students in the Atlanta Public Schools. The pilot was completed in 2001, and CRiSP moved to its current research phase that focuses primarily on the state of law and policy – both state and federal – and how it affects the institutionalization of conflict resolution education in K-12 schools. The CRiSP database provides a state-by-state summary of legislation on conflict resolution education and related issues, such as bullying. The database is available upon request.
Consistent with the mission of the CNCR is studying the institutionalization of conflict management in the University System of Georgia. The Board of Regents’ Initiative and Policy Direction on Conflict Resolution, enacted in 1995, required each of the then 34 institutions within the system to design and implement a conflict management program to meet their individual needs.
In collaboration with the chancellor’s office, the consortium
- provides technical expertise and training support for the initiative;
- administers the System-wide Mediation Program; and
- conducts periodic evaluation on the development and implementation of conflict management.
Since its founding, the consortium has promoted the study of complex, multiparty, public policy disputes, particularly those involving the natural environment. CNCR members have participated in many environmental dispute resolution processes as facilitators and mediators. Co-founder and Executive Committee member Michael Elliott, PhD, evaluates the effectiveness of processes and institutions used in the resolution of such disputes.
CNCR consulted for the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on institutionalizing innovative and collaborative processes for the resolution of international environmental and natural resource disputes.
The CNCR has initiated and supported research across a broad range of topics in conflict resolution.
Our primary research mission is to understand the institutionalization of conflict handling mechanisms. “Institutionalization” refers to “the extent to which there are well-known, regularized, readily available mechanisms, techniques, or procedures for dealing with a problem.” (Miller & Sarat, 1980-81).
In addition to the Conflict Resolution in Higher Education, CRiSP, and Environmental Dispute Resolution programs, the CNCR has initiated and currently sustains a number of on-going research projects:
- monitor the development of language in the emerging field of conflict resolution;
- increase knowledge and awareness of the wide range of conflict resolution terms and their meanings, nationally and internationally;
- improve dialogue and understanding between professionals and theorists in conflict resolution; and
- promote uniformity and consistency of the professional language.
The Lexicon Project monitors the creation and evolution of conflict resolution language and solicits new terms, definitions and comments from interested individuals and organizations. Contribute by email to CNCR@gsu.edu or by mail to The Lexicon Project c/o CNCR.
Consortium Research Fellows are highly-qualified researchers in the early stages of their professional careers.
Through seed grants and symposia, the consortium has initiated numerous conflict resolution theory-building projects, some of which are reflected in the CNCR Working Papers series.