Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation is a five day training programme focused on the role of mediation in managing and transforming political conflicts.


This professional training programme builds knowledge and practical skills on how individuals (political and group leaders, mediators and citizens) can develop trust and empathy with adversary parties, and how to transform conflicts at local, regional, or state levels.

The programme offers a unique blend of practice and theories from international relations and political psychology. It draws on cutting edge research in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) and expertise from leading scholars at the School of Government and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. It also incorporates the ICCS interdisciplinary focus on Political Psychology of Conflict to explore the role of emotions on wars, crises and international tensions.

Key issues

  • How can individuals and societies transcend the historical memory of ethnic conflict and injustice?
  • How can fragile peace agreements be implemented in communities torn apart by civil war?
  • What research methods and practical strategies are used by mediators and negotiators at local and regional levels?
  • How can these be applied to international conflicts?

Who is it for?

  • Conflict and Mediation practitioners with interest in the practical applications of mediation, negotiation, and diplomacy
  • Researchers with specialist interests in peace-building and conflict transformation
  • University students (PhD, MA/MSc, BA/BSc) with specialised interests and projects in International Conflict, Peace-making, International Relations, War and Security Studies, Political Psychology of Conflict, and Diplomacy

How will I benefit? 

  • Hands-on practical training in communication and mediation skills
  • Specialist lectures by internationally-recognised academics on ‘hot topics’
  • Networking with experienced practitioners
  • Professional development through Harvard negotiation simulations
  • Certificate of attendance in recognition of advancement of professional training


Academic Lead: Dr Tereza Capelos
Administrator: Indi Shambi

Email: iccstraining@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation
ICCS Professional development training