My Research Vision
My research seeks to understand the extent to which international peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions form an effective tool of conflict resolution. This provides a lens to analyse a range of areas, from the training that peacekeeping personnel receive, to the wider principles that underpin peacekeeping operations, and the motivations of those who intervene. I am committed to understand forms of third party intervention in violent conflict, and provide strong academic research which contributes to scholarly debates whilst engaging with practitioner communities.
Dr. David Curran’s primary research interest is in developments in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping. Since completing his PhD at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, David has undertaken research into a range of topic areas including the role of conflict resolution in training programmes for military peacekeepers; Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping; the United Kingdom and the UN; the evolution of rapid-reaction peacekeeping and peacebuilding forces such as the African Union standby brigades, EU battlegroups; and the potential of specialized UN rapid reaction capabilities.
- Curran, D., Muddling on through? Cosmopolitan peacekeeping and the protection of civilians, in; International Peacekeeping, published online October 2016
- Curran, D., & Williams, P.D., The United Kingdom and United Nations peace operations, International Peacekeeping, 23,(5), November 2016
- Curran, D. & Holtom, P., Resonating, Rejecting, Reinterpreting: Mapping the Stabilization Discourse in the United Nations Security Council, 2000–14. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. 4(1), 2015
- Curran, D., Training for Peacekeeping: Towards Increased Understanding of Conflict Resolution, International Peacekeeping, Vol 20:1, March 2013.
- Curran, D., The ‘Bradford model’ and the contribution of conflict resolution to the field of international peacekeeping and peacebuilding, UOC Journal of Conflictology, Vol. 3:1, May 2012.
- Curran, D., Woodhouse, T., Cosmopolitan peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Sierra Leone: What can Africa Contribute?, International Affairs, Vol. 83:6, November 2007
- Curran, D., Fraser, T., Roeder, L, Zuber, R., (eds), ‘Perspectives on Peacekeeping and Atrocity Prevention - Expanding Stakeholders and Regional Arrangements’, New York, Springer, 2015
- Curran, D., Gilmore, J., From Showpiece Interventions to Day-to-Day Civilian Protection: Western Humanitarian Intervention and UN Peacekeeping, In Hehir, A., Murray, R., Protecting human rights in an age of uncertainty, Routledge, Abingdon (Forthcoming 2017).
- Williams, P., Curran, D., The United Kindgom, in, Aoi, C., De Coning, C., UN Peacekeeping Doctrine Towards the Post-Brahimi Era?: Adapting to Stabilization, Protection & New Threats, (Forthcoming, 2016)
- Curran, D., 'Towards a Standing UN Force for Peacekeeping' in David Curran, Trudy Fraser, Larry Roeder, Robert Zuber (Ed). Perspectives on Peacekeeping and Atrocity Prevention, New York, Springer International, 2015
- Curran, D., The EU and the Third Pillar, in Fiott, D., Koops, J. (eds.), Operationalizing the Responsibility to Protect: A Contribution to Third Pillar Approaches, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2014
- Curran, D., Williams, P.D., The UK and UN Peace Operations: A Case for Greater Engagement, Oxford Research Group, 2016
- Curran, D., The UK and United Nations Peace Operations: Identifying a Way Forward (Workshop Report), United Nations Association UK, July 2015
- Curran D., Williams, P.D., Contributor Profile: The United Kingdom, International Peace Institute, Providing for Peacekeeping Programme, November 2014
Selected Conference/Workshop Papers
- Training Military Personnel for UN Peacekeeping: The Development of ‘Elicitive Approaches’, Biennial International Conference of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Chicago, October 2015
- Peacekeeping and the protection of civilians: A crisis of imagination?, The Worlds of Violence: 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy, September 2015
- UN Programmes for Training Civil-Military Cooperation, Understand to Prevent workshop, Defence Academy (Shrivenham), 24-25 June, 2015
- The Problematic aspects of Protection: Protection of Civilians in contemporary UN Peacekeeping Operations, British International Studies Association Conference, June 2014