Georg-Arnhold-Professor 2017: Giovanni Scotto

The Fifth Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professor: Giovanni Scotto

Giovanni Scotto is Associate Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Università di Firenze. Previously, he was Director of the BA course in Development and Conflict Management Studies at UNIFI. He currently teaches international conflict transformation, transformative educational methodologies and mediation. Prior positions include Professor of International Organization at Syracuse University Florence and Lecturer at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. He was Associate Researcher at the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management in Berlin (Germany) and has taught at the European Peace University in Stadtschlaining, Austria, Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität and the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Giovanni Scotto holds a PhD in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.

His academic interests include theories of conflict, conflict resolution and transformation; peacebuilding and post-war reconstruction; theories and practice of mediation; theory and practice of conflict transformation training; peace education; and the development of participatory, experiential training methods in academia. In addition to his academic work, he has worked extensively with civil society organizations in different capacities including leadership, training, consultancy, and evaluation.

Research Focus: Training Educators in Violent Conflicts and Emergencies: Models, Local Experiences and Hybridity

Giovanni Scotto’s research examines how training for educators can be better understood, rendered accessible and improved for those working in settings of violent conflict and humanitarian emergency, with a view to strengthening their capacities and empowering the education sector for peacebuilding. Improving these dimensions of the teaching profession will likely result in a strengthened ability to provide education for sustainable peace in contexts of violent conflict. Although there are a number of case studies in this field, there is little systematic appraisal of professional needs and potential for peacebuilding among teachers and educators engaged in areas of violent conflict. This is the research gap that Scotto’s project seeks to fill. Besides a quantitative survey on training opportunities available to teachers in settings of violent conflicts, qualitative research will be conducted in two case studies. The months spent at the GEI in Braunschweig will be used to write an in-depth analysis of the potential for peace held by educators in violent conflicts. This study ultimately aims to advance the theoretical understanding of the role of education in peacebuilding processes and contribute to education for sustainable peace in conflict zones. It seeks to link the experiences of education in emergencies with the theoretical concept of “hybrid peace” and contribute towards an “elicitive  peacebuilding” approach to education for sustainable peace.

Giovanni Scotto will be at the institute from March to August 2017 as fifth Georg Arnhold Visiting Professor.