Velez, G. and Gavrielides, T (2022). Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing, New York: Springer

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The book

The book forms part of the Peace Psychology Book Series by Spring, Series Ed.: Christie, Daniel J. ISSN: 2197-5779.

Book Focus


Despite the clear connections between psychology, restorative justice, and peace across national and institutional contexts, there has been little direct engagement between the field of peace psychology and the growing theory, implementation, and research of restorative justice. This edited Volume will explicitly build a bridge between peace psychology and restorative justice. 

Building on the work of peace psychologists such as Galtung and restorativists, the editors will  work with leading international expert authors to cover both negative and positive peace across levels. By negative peace, we refer to harmony in relationships, extending from within individuals to international relations. In this way, restorative justice and its impact on psychosocial processes can be understood both to prevent violence and restore peaceful relations. By positive peace, we refer to the pursuit of equity and the construction of horizontal, inclusive, and just dynamics between individuals, groups, and societies. Restorative justice can promote positive peace through its connection fostering dialogue, empathy, forgiveness, and other key psychological elements of peace.

Editorial Guidelines for authors
Peer-Reviewed  | Original contributions only, based on unpublished data | British English Spelling | Chapter length: 7,000 - 9,000 inclusive of references | Publication date: Summer 2022 | APA Referencing System Indexing GuidelinesPermissions' Copyrights FormContributor's Copyrights' Agreement Form | Editorial Guidelines | Key style points |

Table of contents


Foreword: TBC

Preface: Christie, Daniel J.

Introduction & Acknowledgements: Velez, Gabriel and Theo Gavrielides

Part I: Restorative justice and psychology for intra-personal peace


Part I focuses on the relationships between restorative justice, peaceful identities and psychological states. Looking at the use of restorative justice, the chapter build a bring with promoting coping and resilience, developmental frameworks, and fostering internal peace.


Chapter 1: Restorative justice as a chorus for the soul: From atomie to eudemonia - Amanda Wilson


Chapter 2: Taking a Developmental Perspective on Restorative Justice in Schools - Holly Recchia, Cecilia Wainryb and Laura Pareja Conto


Chapter 3: Promoting Coping and Resilience through Reparation, Thomas Toscano


Chapter 4: Creating equity and restoring relationships for Hawai‘i’s imprisoned women 

through cooperative education - Lorenn Walker, Hannah Humphreys & Leela Bilmes Goldstein


Part II: Restorative justice and psychology for Interpersonal, Intergroup, and Inter-community Peace


Part II covers the role and impact of restorative justice on relations between groups. The chapters focus on how peaceful relations can be built (positive peace) and how violent cycles can be stopped and healing can be promoted (negative peace) by restorative practices in various settings.


Chapter 5: Diverse Approaches for Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools by Jamee Carroll, Astrida Kaugars, and John Gryc


Chapter 6: Decolonizing education through restorative justice: A framework for cognitive justice, Gwynn Alexander and David Karp


Chapter 7: Preventing and Healing Community Violence - Daisy D’Silva Toscano


Chapter 8: Developing a more restorative pedagogy: How restorative justice principles can inform the teaching enterprise, Mikhail Lyubansky


Part III: Restorative justice and psychology for peace: Institutional, International and Non-state Actors


The Volume’s final section focuses on the potential of restorative justice to transform institutions in ways that both promote positive peace (through cultures that support harmonious and healthy relationships) and negative peace (through ending systems of oppression). Chapters touch on school settings, as well as broader institutional abuses.


Chapter 9: Transforming School Cultures and Student Discipline:  A Restorative Justice Solution for Schools - Allison Ann Payne & Kelly Welch 


Chapter 10: Logotherapy - Robert E Mackay


Chapter 11: Just Futures: The moral imagination of restorative justice in education, Brenda Morrison and Robyn Ilten-Gee


Chapter 12: Cultivating Empathy, Creativity and Justice for Systemic Change: Untold Stories by Emily Nolan and Rachel Monaco-Wilcox

Epilogue: Bridging peace psychology and restorative justice – Theo Gavrielides and Gabriel Velez


To contact the editors email Velez, Gabriel gabriel.velez@marquette.edu | Theo Gavrielides t.gavrielides@rj4all.org

9 Episode of the RJ Webinar Series by Theo Gavrielides: Prof. Valez on virtual restorative justice