What is the Ecology of Peace?

The Ecology of Peace conceptual framework provides a set of hypotheses to explore the viability of promoting peace through early childhood. The hypotheses are rooted in neurobiology, affiliative bonding, parent education, early learning, and grassroots movements. However, these hypotheses need to be tested. In the next phase of this undertaking by the Yale University and AÇEV Partnership, a systematic review study will be conducted to explore the role of parenting and early learning programs in (i) promoting positive development and well-being in young children, (ii) promoting peace building through improving interactions within the home and classroom, and among peers, and (iii) promoting peace building through the formation of culturally diverse parenting groups, particularly groups of fathers.

The following downloadable document is a first result of the collaboration between Yale University and AÇEV and serveas as the foundation of this website:

  • Brief note / Ecology of peace: Formative childhoods and peace building
The Ecology of Peace: Formative Childhoods and Peace Building

The Ecology of Peace: Formative Childhoods and Peace Building

View to learn about the interrelated links between early childhood development and peace building.

The Neurobiological Evidence

Science Moderator
C. Sue Carter, MD

Known for her pioneering research in the study of the role of the neuropeptide, oxytocin, in parent care and bonding, Dr. Carter affirms, "The biological and evolutionary prototype for peace and safety is the parent-child interaction."

Dr. C. Sue Carter, Research Professor in Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Research Professor Psychology, Northeastern University in Boston, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013