An Integrative Approach to Building Peace Using Digital Media

Philipp Grunewald*, Mark Hedges

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this article is to offer scholars and practitioners a more coherent and holistic starting point for asking questions about information and communication technologies for peacebuilding than has been available so far. A transdisciplinary proposal is made that applies critical pedagogy of peace education to the way that digital media can be used to build peace in communities and societies. This argument is further underpinned by insights from cognitive science and social psychology. The concept of sociotechnical consciousness is developed, which describes what it is like to be experiencing a sociotechnical system. We conclude that, to deploy digital media as part of peacebuilding initiatives, the media’s impact on individuals and groups deserve as much consideration as the content that is delivered via these media. This has important implications for how to design and use media in peacebuilding contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Peacebuilding and Development
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • behaviour change
  • critical pedagogy
  • design for values
  • peacebuilding
  • sociotechnical systems
  • technical mediation


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