I believe people from diverse backgrounds can work together to achieve common goals and create mutual respect to pursue positive social change. My passion for social justice and activism has led me to study peace and conflict transformation at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR). Both my study and work experience at CTPSR have given me the opportunity to explore both the theory and practice of peace studies and have been a great inspiration. My research explores youth engagement in peace education, integrated peacebuilding programmes and civil society, and Muslim women and their role in interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
Neslihan Ozfaris is a research assistant at CTPSR. Upon completion of her BA in Sociology from Coventry University, she continued her studies and obtained an MA in Peace and Reconciliation at CTPSR funded by the Ferguson Trust Scholarship in 2015. Neslihan is a passionate advocate of equality and empowerment and is working to bring communities together with a focus on the challenges faced by young people and women of diverse ethnic groups. Her research interests focus on the role of women and youth in conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Neslihan has coordinated and facilitated a variety of international programmes, conferences, and workshops including an advanced international academic development programme Commonwealth Fellowship Project 2014 and 2015, Global Peace Workshop 2014 and 2015, Rising Global Peace Forum 2015. She is currently organizing the 4th Global Peace Workshop 2016, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Skills Summer School 2016 and the 6th Istanbul Human Security Conference 2016.