Conflicts, peace and security

We analyze the consequences of armed conflicts and peacebuilding processes from multiple perspectives.

Armed conflicts and insecurity in the broadest sense prevent the  exercising of fundamental human rights, generate a myriad of violence with lasting impacts and  limit development and life opportunities of individuals and peoples. Our work in this area is based on critical peace and security studies to analyse those impacts, along with different peacebuilding initiatives driven by international cooperation and by women's, indigenous, human rights and non-violent civil resistance movements.

Research lines

Feminism, conflicts and peace

We focus on the feminist analysis of armed conflicts and peacebuilding from a practical and theoretical perspective, by way of studies in different countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Western Sahara, Colombia, DRC…) and taking the masculinities, intersectional and gender approach.

Peacebuilding, international cooperation and humanitarian action

We study aspects such as armed conflicts as triggers of humanitarian crises, international cooperation and humanitarian action for peacebuilding, critical peacebuilding studies and the links between non-violent civil resistance and peacebuilding

Transitional justice, memory and human rights

We explore transitional justice as an aspect of peacebuilding and we conduct research into recovery of the historical memory and the rights to truth, justice and reparation from a gender and human rights perspective. 

Human security and critical security studies

We are interested in the alternative approaches to the traditional concept of security, in particular human security as a perspective linked to human development, and the critical security studies (feminist, post-structuralist, decolonial, green theory contributions, etc.).

Human Rights in Western Sahara

We research human rights violations in Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco, from a gender perspective, together with Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders. We accompany Sahrawi organisations, through training and technical assistance, in the strengthening of their capacities in order to undertake their own processes of research in human rights and advocacy, with special consideration towards mechanisms of international protection.



Jokin Alberdi

Professor and researcher

Efren Areskurrinaga

Professor and researcher

Sheida Besozzi


Eduardo Bidaurratzaga

Professor and researcher

Anca Cretu

Investigadora en formación

Marian Díez


Gloria Guzmán

Project management and advisory services

Yolanda Jubeto

Professor and researcher

Mertxe Larrañaga

Professor and researcher

Alba Linares Quero

Personal Investigador Contratado

Irantzu Mendia

Directora, Hegoa Institute

Itziar Mujika

Secretary of the Hegoa Institute

Rakel Oion

Professor and researcher

Karlos Pérez de Armiño

Professor and researcher

Juan Carlos Pérez de Mendiguren

Professor and researcher

Ivana Belén Ruiz-Estramil

Professor and researcher, Hegoa Institute

Yuliya Serkezyuk

Investigadora en formación

Juan Telleria

Professor and researcher

Patxi Zabalo

Professor and researcher

iker zirion

Professor and researcher

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