1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Conflict and Peace Communication

Edited By Stacey L. Connaughton, Stefanie Pukallus Copyright 2025
    462 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive review of research in conflict and peace communication and offers readers a range of insights into foundational, ongoing, and emerging discussions in this field.

    The volume brings together peace studies, conflict studies and communication studies to acknowledge the power of communication—both cooperative, solidarizing, and integrative as well as destructive and divisive—in constituting social relations. It features a multiplicity of authors, including academics and practitioners from all corners of the globe and from across the communicative spectrum. The handbook is divided into four parts: 1) Meta-theoretical, theoretical, and methodological approaches in conflict and peace communication research; 2) Conflict communication; 3) Peace communication; and 4) Cross-cutting and emergent themes.

    This handbook is essential reading for scholars, research-driven practitioners, graduate-level students, and upper-level undergraduate students in conflict and peace communication within disciplines such as communication studies, political science, international relations, security studies, and human rights.


    Melanie Greenberg 


    Stacey L. Connaughton and Stefanie Pukallus 

    Part I: Meta-theoretical, Theoretical, and Methodical Approaches in Conflict and Peace Communication 

    1. Post-positivist approaches to conflict and peace communication research

    Kai Kuang, Prudence Mbah, and Qiupeng Wang 

    2. Interpretivist/social constructionist approaches to conflict and peace communication research Jennifer K. Ptacek 

    3. Critical perspectives on conflict and peace communication research

    Stacey L. Connaughton 

    4. Networks approaches to conflict and peace communication

    Munira Mustaffa and Ayse Lokmanoglu 

    5. Participatory (action) & community-based research

    Juan Mario Diaz-Arevalo and Adriel Ruíz-Galván 

    6. Genocide warning systems: Building capacity for preventing mass atrocities

    Nat B. Walker 

    7. Monitoring journalism safety

    Manizja Aziz and Leon Willems 

    8. Connecting evidence to practice: The development of the Better Evidence Project

    Jeff Helsing and Ziad Al Achkar 

    9. Predictors of armed intergroup-conflicts: An overview of risk factors

    Torsten Reimer, Christopher R. Roland, Jennifer K. Ptacek, Arunima Krishna, and Stacey L. Connaughton

    Part II: Conflict Communication 

    10. The three communicative dimensions of hate speech

    Stefanie Pukallus 

    11. The rise of propaganda and disinformation since the First World War

    Edward Corse 

    12. Culture wars and hyperpartisan news

    Jeremy Castle and Kyla Stepp 

    13. Bringing conflict back in: Computational propaganda and totalitarian political communication in Brazil

    Andrew Rodarte and Samuel Woolley 

    14. Civil actors under attack: Digital authoritarianism and the weaponization of social media

    Marc Owen Jones 

    15. Social media as a conflict driver and a tool of participatory conflict communication

    Alexandra Pavliuc 

    16. Extremism, the extreme right and conspiracy myths on social media

    Julia Ebner and Jakob Guhl 

    17. Aggressive communication online: From familiar anti-women sentiments to misogyny influencers and male supremacism in the manosphere

    Allysa Czerwinsky 

    18. From conflict to collaboration: solidarity and compromise in trans and women’s movements

    Kat Gupta and Ruth Pearce 

    19. Dehumanising and intimidating imagery in cartoons and caricatures

    James Whitworth 

    20. The communication of values through hostile architecture

    Robert Rosenberger 

    21. The clash of two sacred values: Freedom of expression versus religious respect

    Javier Garcia Oliva and Helen Hall 

    Part III: Peace Communication 

    22. The relevance of communicative peacebuilding: civil norm building and discursive civility

    Stefanie Pukallus 

    23. The transformative capacity of communication for social change and peacebuilding

    Michael Papa and Andrew Papa 

    24. Peace through the media? A historical outline of the UN’s peace-related media policies and activities

    Roja Zaitoonie 

    25. Digital media and information literacy

    Dareen Al-Khoury 

    26. The civil global news-scape

    Jackie Harrison 

    27. Exemplifying peaceful cooperation through news journalism

    Tetyana Gordiienko 

    28. Envisioning environmental journalism as a mediating tool in cultural conflict

    Meli M. Ncube and Bruce Mutsvairo 

    29. Peace education for deradicalization

    Dody Wibowo and Zahid Shahab Ahmed 

    30. Building citizens’ values: Peace through sports

    Wyclife Ong’eta Mose 

    31. Youth-led media in refugee camps: From marginalisation to inclusion through young people’s productions

    Valentina Baú 

    32. Audio-visual media: Documentary filmmaking

    Jaremey R. McMullin and Evelyn Pauls 

    33. The value of TV & radio soap opera in peacebuilding

    Francis Rolt 

    34. Poetry and folktales in peacebuilding

    Jesse Matas 

    35. Peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict narratives

    Heike Härting 

    36. Peace photography, visual peacebuilding and participatory peace photography

    Rasmus Bellmer, Tiffany Fairey, and Frank Möller 

    37. Graffiti and street art in peacebuilding

    Marie Migeon and Birte Vogel 

    38. The physical and fictional memorialisation of history: Sheffield’s Women of Steel

    Michelle Rawlins 

    39. Embodied peacemaking: The role of dance in communicative strategies for conflict mediation and resolution

    Beatrice Jarvis 

    40. Music in/for peace April Morris 

    Part IV: Cross-Cutting and Emergent Themes 

    41. Freedom to flourish: A systematic review of the literature at the intersection of resilience, communication, and peacebuilding

    Bedadyuti Jha & Ryan Funkhouser 

    42. Communicating for well-being: Overlapping principles in peace and health communication

    Yara M. Asi 

    43. Resilience nexus: Climate change, food security, conflict, and peace communication

    Sisira Madurapperuma, Dilanthi Amaratunga, and Richard Haigh 

    44. Building a just world through Peace Linguistics: Decolonizing and de-gendering communication

    Kaukab Saba


    Stacey L. Connaughton is Professor in The Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute at Purdue University, USA.

    Stefanie Pukallus is Professor of Public Communication and Civil Development at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is also the Founding Chair of the Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding.