Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Peacebuilding combined with conflict transformation is a holistic and multifaceted process that embraces conflict as a potentially constructive force. As such, it aims to reduce violence and protect and promote social justice, positive social relations and sustainable peace.

Building a just peace requires timely interventions designed at all levels of society (individual, collective, institutional), with respect for the wider cultural context of the conflict. In this way, conflict transformation is typically along-term process. It includes changingattitudes, behaviours, relationships, systems and structures that cause violence; where necessary, it also means intensifying nonviolent resistance.


Our research is enhanced through international staff and student exchanges, teaching, continuing professional development and training. This has included establishing a new Peace and Conflict Studies programme in Jenin, Palestine, and visiting fellowships by members to Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Jenin (Palestine), Gothenburg University (Sweden).

Geographical areas include Afghanistan, China, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

Funders include the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF), the European Commission, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, the Swedish Institute, the British Council, and the British Academy


Bahar Baser, Senior Research Fellow (Research Group Leader)

Politics and homeland conflicts, diaspora, Kurds, ethnic lobbying

Aurelie Broeckerhoff, Research Associate 

Everyday diversity, consumer culture and markets

Marwan Darweish, Principal Lecturer

Conflict transformation, non-violent civil resistanceion in conflict

Cihan Dizdaroglu, Research Fellow


Elly Harrowell, Research Associate

Post-conflict reconstruction, gender, geographies of peace

Michaelina Jakala, Research Fellow

War crimes, victims of war, transitional justice

Patricia Sellick, Senior Research Fellow

Nonviolence and conflict transformation/ international non-governmental organisations

Chuck Thiessen, Research Fellow

International peacebuilding, conflict transformation and peacebuilding