At some time in 2016, for rather convoluted reasons to do with supporting the Peace Tax Seven, I started getting emails from a Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) mailing list. Today’s was a job ad for them. I can’t apply because I don’t have the essentials in the person spec., but their web site is interesting.
The ethics around the technology developments required of modern warfare are a major part of their raison d’etre, and they were formed from peace groups merging. They are affiliated with a number of peace organisations, each of which I need to investigate as both sources of information and as potential employers. They are concerned about the military influence on science and technology research. They have information booklets on ethical careers. They have a list of potential ethical employers in the peace sector. They have resources on security and disarmament. They produce reports and briefings including security. They have dozens of newsletters I need to go through.
I have joined their mailing list proper. I have joined their LinkedIn group. Today I post my membership off to them.
They do get articles published like this one in the Guardian.
I firmly expect a bunch of committed scientists can provide me with loads of data for evidence-based peace.
I had not heard of SGR before – this highlights the problem I found at the start in 2012: where is the peace industry? The arms industry has a fantastically high profile, the peace industry is barely mentioned other than to criticise white poppies.