RUNMAPP  aims to address UN media specific research gaps that occur in complex peace-building and peacekeeping processes. By UN media we refer, in particular, to those media assets and capabilities – e.g. radio stations and programmes, TV programmes, websites, social media and various other communication interventions deployed by the UN and its partners during peace support and peacekeeping operations (PSOs/PKOs). Over recent decades, more than a dozen radio stations have been set up by UN Peace Missions in crises states such as Cambodia as far back as 1992, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Mali and Central African Republic more recently. Such UN media deployments often operate in fragile and polarized media landscapes where reliable information is a particularly scarce resource. However, the role, effectiveness and consequences of UN media interventions in such politically, economically, socially and culturally challenging contexts have gone largely unexamined.

RUNMAPP  will explore the theoretical, conceptual and empirical blind spots drawing on the expertise of our multi-disciplinary group of researchers from communication and journalism studies, law and political science. Moreover, our aspiration is to include all relevant fields of expertise, such as UN studies, peace and conflict studies, sociology, anthropology, sociology, history or ethnography.


This is our Steering Group

Dr Jacob Udo Udo Jacob

Dickinson College, Carlisle PA, USA

Stefanie Pukallus

Co-director for Research, CFOM, UK

Sacha Meuter

Head of Research, Fondation Hirondelle

Dr Dirk-Class Ulrich

TU Dortmund University, Germany


Interested in what we’re doing? Like to join our initiative? Please feel free to get in touch with a member of our steering committee to discuss your ideas and any questions you might have.