Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

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Research Group: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Focus of our research

We are interested in approaches to transforming violent conflict across the globe. Conflict transformation is a holistic and multifaceted process that embraces conflict as a potentially constructive force. It aims to reduce violence and protect and promote social justice, positive social relations and sustainable peace. Conflict transformation is typically a long-term process of changing relationships, behaviours, attitudes, systems and structures that cause violence.  It requires timely interventions, respect for the cultural context and, in some cases, the intensification of nonviolent conflict. 

The Team

Patricia Sellick

Patricia Sellick (Group leader)

Nonviolence and conflict transformation/ international non-governmental organisations

Bahar Baser

Bahar Baser

Politics and homeland conflicts, diaspora, Kurds, ethnic lobbying

Gordon Crawford

Global development, human rights, democratisation, decentralisation, social justice

Marwan Darweish

Marwan Darweish

Conflict transformation, Non-violent civil resistance, Non-violent civil resistance

Alan Hunter

Human security, peacebuilding, religion in China, peace and conflict

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Ethnic conflict, election violence, African politics

Durukan Kuzu

Durukan Kuzu

Ethnic Diversity, Comparative Politics, Conflict Resolution and Multiculturalism

Jessica Northey

Civil society, democratization


Carol Rank

Conflict transformation, nonviolence, peace education, arts and peacebuilding

Chuck Thiessen

Chuck Thiessen

International peacebuilding, conflict transformation and peacebuilding

Associate Members

Aurélie Broeckerhoff

Aurélie Broeckerhoff

Everyday diversity, consumer culture/markets

Chas Morrison

Chas Morrison

Post-conflict recovery, Civil society, Faith groups, Peacebuilding, Challenging environments

Miho Taka

Miho Taka

Natural resource management, illicit resource exploitation


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