The Ideational Conflict Project (ICP) aims to build on recent advances in understanding of how ideology, identity and emotion function in the human mind – exploring how these could be used to develop tools for decision makers in global governance, particularly in resolving severe political conflict.
At this workshop, members of the ICP, the wider Waterloo-area academic and policy communities, and invited international scholars examine, critique, refine, and integrate these theories and methods.
Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the CIGI chair of global systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is a professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the twenty-first century and how societies innovate in response to complex economic, ecological and technological change
Co-lead researcher of the Ideational Conflict project, Steven's research is focused on developing theory and methodology for modeling the myths, symbols and rituals associated with the constructs of national and other forms of political-cultural identity, further to understanding the impact of these constructs on conflict and conflict resolution.