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5th Military Psychology Conference; Defence & Security

Fragile States and Global Instability: Responding to the Consequences; Stabilisation and Peacekeeping

Wednesday 2 November 2016 at The Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke

Does psychology have any answers? Join the debate and discuss some of the issues that psychology
and related disciplines are trying to address.

This is an exciting broadening of the previous military psychology conference remit. Questions include:

  • Why do young Syrians choose to fight?
  • How can we help the military, who deliver stabilisation support, understand how to build relationships with local civilian populations?
  • What psychological factors do we need to consider when personnel working in fragile states return to their day-to-day lives?
  • How can we elicit reliable accounts and evidence from those experiencing events in fragile states?
  • What lessons can we learn from The Troubles in Northern Ireland?

Stabilisation and peacekeeping activities aim to support populations living in fragile states that are either entering, enduring or emerging from conflict in order to, amongst other things, prevent or reduce violence as well as protect the population and prepare for sustainable social and economic development.

These activities can involve a range of organisations including Government departments such as Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for International Development (DFID) and disaster relief charities such as Oxfam and the Red Cross.

Psychological research and practice from across a range of disciplines and professions can help us understand how to address the psychological factors and impact on both military and civilian personnel who deliver these activities as well as the impact of instability on the populations living in Fragile States.

This conference therefore aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines to share emerging research and practitioner good practices.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speakers;

  • Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald, Cranfield University
  • Professor Paul Taylor, Lancaster University, Twente University, NL & Director of CREST

Symposium Speakers

The role of Psychology in planning and evaluating the response of the emergency services to Critical Incidents - Exercise Unified Response. How lessons can be applied to peacekeeping and stabilisation activities.

  • Richard Abbott & Peter Cowup, London Fire Brigade
  • Dr Stephanie Bennett & Dr Alison Wakefield, University of Portsmouth
  • Dr Michael Humann, University of Liverpool
  • Jordan Nunan, University of Portsmouth
  • Dr Richard Teeuw, University of Portsmouth

Call for Submissions

The deadline for submissions has now passed.

Oral submissions were accepted until 23:59 Sunday 31st July 2016.
Poster submissions were accepted until 23:59 Sunday 25th September 2016


Further conference information and booking details can be found on the Registration Page



The Ark Conference Centre
Dinwoodie Drive,
RG24 9NN

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 09:00 to 17:00
Contact Information: 

This event is organised by the British Psychological Society and administered by
KC Jones conference&events Ltd, Tel: +44 (0)1332 227775
Email: [email protected]

BPS Wessex Branch