Research & Publications
A Theory of Violence
What if there was a new way to think about violence that could help us prevent it?
The Theory of Violence presented by Dr. Robin Coupland, Dr. Daniel Dobos, and Prof. Dr. Nathan Taback (University of Toronto) relates to any form of violence in any context. It is, therefore, a general theory of violence. It proposes that violence is not simply a matter of individual behaviour, but rather a complex phenomenon whereby its impact is determined by the interplay of three key elements: the intent of the perpetrator or perpetrators, their physical capacity for the violence and the victim's or victims' vulnerability.
By understanding these key elements, we can develop more effective strategies to prevent violence in all its forms through humanitarian action, diplomacy, and the application of law. The Theory of Violence also provides the basis for data gathering about violent events.
The contents of the Theory of Violence have been taught as part of the MAS in Humanitarian Leadership and is now being presented to a wider audience.
Watch the video to learn more about this compelling theory and its implications for prevention.
Publications by Graduates
Below we are happy to share publications (articles, theses, etc.) from our graduates of the MAS in Humanitarian Leadership.
- Ahmad Kazouini (2023): Analysing problem-solving in the ICRC’s Water and Habitat Department: A humancentric approach. Link to the article which is based on Ahmad Kazouini's master's thesis as part of the MAS in Humanitarian Leadership.
- Krishna Chandra Chalisey (2023): Separation and Overlapping of Governance and Management in Nepali NGOs. Link to the published thesis submitted as part of the MAS in Humanitarian Leadership.