Displace, Return, and Reconstruct: Population Movement and Resilience to Instability
Principal Investigator: James Walsh, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Co-Investigators: Paul Huth (University of Maryland), Jonathan Hall (Uppsala University), and Abbey Steele (Amsterdam University)
Years of Award: 2018 - 2020
Managing Service Agency: Army Research Office
We have little well-developed theory and few well-established findings on the determinants of when, where, and why individuals displaced by conflict decide to return home or settle elsewhere. This limits our understanding of how population displacement, resettlement, and return affect longer-term peacebuilding and post-war recovery efforts. Our project focuses on what happens after armed conflict has produced displacement. We examine (1) what factors lead displaced persons to return home or resettle elsewhere, and (2) the consequences of these population movements for peace-building and stabilization.