Students gain experience through conflict simulation

In March 2015, IDD, in collaboration with Responding to Conflict – a Birmingham-based NGO working on conflict resolution – ran a full day conflict simulation for the students of the module Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction designed to simulate a complex humanitarian emergency that involves issues of cultural sensitivities, war and disaster responsiveness, and forced migration.

Using the ongoing conflict in Syria as an inspiration for a fictional case study, the students had to represent different actors (military forces, current government, opposition) in a situation where identity and culture are contested. This is the second such simulation within this module and student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.