War creates a raft of problems that can affect entire populations, making the process of rebuilding after conflict very much harder, and increasing the probability of further aggression and fighting.
The scale of destruction caused by natural disasters far outstrips anything humans can visit upon themselves. Tragically, disasters like famine often come at the same time as war. Their psychological effects are very similar.
The Scars of War Foundation aims to find solutions to these psychological problems through using the widest range of academic research.
Our initial projects have a neurological backbone – which allows us to focus on how each individual responds to the very alien threats and pressures of a war or disaster environment. These extreme situations create dot matrices of individual reactions which other scientific disciplines will be able to interpret at larger scales of resolution.
We are also looking at the demographic research of others, with a view to explaining some of the trends they’ve discovered in terms of individual neurology. These are exciting times for science.
By being part of The Queen’s College, the Foundation has access to Oxford University’s international connections and can therefore bring to bear new and often unusual methodologies to identify problems and devise solutions.