A founding object of CISV International is to contribute, through research, to a science of international relations. For CISV’s founder, Dr Doris T. Allen, research was an integral part of CISV from the beginning. The first CISV programme, now called Village, built on her knowledge as a developmental psychologist and aimed at reducing children’s cultural stereotypes before they would harden.
Adults accompanying the first children were encouraged to reflect on their experiences, document them, and to attempt to distill general learning points and recommendations – in short to engage in applied research.
CISV has since continued its involvement in research. Thereby we can incorporate scientific knowledge into our best practice as well as contribute to scholarly literature and debates. Contributing to research is also essential for increasing CISV’s visibility and educational credibility and attracts academics and professionals in the field to our work.
We are currently supporting the following research projects:
CISV International is always interested in starting new, high quality research projects. If you are interested and in a position to carry out a research study, please follow the required steps:
Research proposals can address any topic of relevance to CISV. We are currently interested in research on:
Recent research conducted by CISVers has addressed the following questions and topic areas:
CISV International works with Professor Matt Baillie Smith and Dr Darryl Humble from the Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University. Matt is director of the Northumbria Centre for International Development. We share a keen interest in global citizenship and in how organizations such as CISV can provide a space for actually living, doing or practicing global citizenship.
CISV International educationalists work closely with Professor Claudio Baraldi, director of the Research Centre on Peace and Sustainability at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Research by Baraldi and CISVers has studied peace education and intercultural communication and conflict resolution with a focus on children, often in collaboration with other researchers linked to CISV, and using CISV programmes as case studies.
Professor Zhu Hua teaches applied linguistics and communication at Birkbeck, University of London. She has carried out a number of research projects on interculturality and lingua franca communication in CISV programmes and has supervised research on dissemination of CISV International’s educational materials 2010–2013.
CISV International published its own research journal, Interspectives, between 1981 and 2004. Read more about CISV-related research: