My Research Vision
My career began in international disaster relief, and I saw that the worst-hit areas were often weakly governed and affected by civil war. I then worked in humanitarian post-conflict reconstruction in East Africa and South Asia. My work is inspired by the belief that violent conflict is not inevitable or random. While there are political and military measures to counteract it, the best method is to promote a culture of peace. The avoidance of violent conflict must start with strengthening understanding and trust within and between societies. We cannot expect politicians to take the lead on this. It is a responsibility for all of us.
Chas Morrison has 12 years practical and academic experience in international post-conflict reconstruction and disaster response, primarily in East Africa and South Asia. He has undertaken projects and consultancy for donors such as various UN agencies, DFID, AECID, ECHO, and USAID, and developed partnerships with government authorities and civil society organisations. He has particular experience of the challenges of community participation and security in hazardous environments. Recent field research has been on faith groups in transforming conflict dynamics within communities in Sri Lanka, South Africa and Tanzania. His research interests include civil society in conflict transformation, post-conflict recovery and religious groups’ involvement in peacebuilding. Chas Morrison currently manages a 48 month EC Marie Curie IRSES project, “Inter-Continental Exchange of Leadership in Conflict Transformation”, with universities in South Africa and Turkey. He teaches post-graduate project management, and conflict sensitivity using a board game he co-developed named “Utopia”.
- C. Morrison (2012) “Grievance, Mobilisation and State Response: An examination of the Naxalite Insurgency in India”, Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security, Vol. 2, No. 1, April 2012
- Kendall, A. J., Morrison, C. & Ramirez, M.J, (Eds) 2014. Conflict, Violence, Terrorism and their Prevention. Cambridge Scholars Publishing Limited, UK.
- Morrison, C. 2014. Tibetans’ self-immolations as protest against Chinese state repression, in Conflict, Violence, Terrorism and their Prevention, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Limited, UK.
- Rakisheva, B. & Morrison, C. 2014. Suicides in Kazakhstan: Possibly Terrorist Acts? in Conflict, Violence, Terrorism and their Prevention, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Limited, UK.
- Morrison, C. “India’s Development Deficit and the Rise of Left-Wing Extremism”, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, forthcoming.
- Morrison, C. (2013) “Tibetan Self-Immolation as a Tool of Protest: Sacrifice, Nationalism and Defiance”, paper presented at the Peace and Conflict: an international interdisciplinary conference, Conflict Research Society, University of Essex UK, 17-19 September 2013.
- Morrison, C. (2013) “Non-violent resistance as a response to state repression”. Panel discussion presented at the XXXVI CICA International Conference, Towards Understanding Conflicts, Aggression, Violence and Peace, Heviz, Hungary, 24-27 June 2013.
- Morrison C. (2012) “India’s Development Deficit and the Rise of Left-Wing ‘Terror’- Human Concerns in an Environment of Insecurity”. Paper presented at the Conference on Human Security: Threats, Risks, Crises, 18-19 October 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Lee, S., Morrison, C. & Roberts, R. (2012) “South Sudan’s Rocky Road to Decentralisation- Lessons from Cambodia and India”. Paper presented at HCRI conference: New Frontiers for Peacebuilding: Hybridity, Governance, and Local Agency, 13-14 September 2012, Manchester UK.
- Lee, S. & Morrison, C. (2012) “The State, Decentralisation and Conflict”. Paper presented at the Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, 18-20 September, 2012, Coventry, UK.
- “Faith-based Approaches to Transforming Conflict: Learning from South Thailand and Sri Lanka”: This project seeks an increased understanding of the roles and impacts, both current and potential, of faith groups’ engagement with conflict and a variety of peacebuilding actors. The main subject areas for research are: (1) sources of religious leaders' influence (their social capital) which could be channelled towards peacebuilding instead of conflict build-up; (2) challenges to the leaders' involvement in social reconciliation and conflict resolution; (3) perception gaps between Buddhists groups and minority groups such as Muslims on key issues relating to conflict causation and cessation.
- “Inter-Continental Exchange of Leadership in Conflict Transformation”: This 48-month project is funded by the European Commission Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) and lasts for 48 months, till Jan 2017. It brings together researchers from the universities of Coventry, Stellenbosch (South Africa), and Kadir Has (Turkey) for collaborative work on conflict transformation, leadership and maritime security. Planned outputs include an edited book, a special issue of our in-house Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security.