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Dr. Carol Rank

My research vision

What inspires my research is my commitment to education and action for nonviolent social change at all levels, from the local to the global.  What I hope to achieve by my research and teaching is to inspire my students and a broader public about their potential to help bring about peaceful change in their communities, societies and the global community.


Dr Carol Rank is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.  She has been teaching Peace Studies since the 1980s including in the U.S. (University of California, Berkeley and Colgate University in New York) and Europe (University of Oslo, Norway) and has been a visiting lecturer in Peace Studies in China (Nanjing University) and East Africa (Makerere University, Uganda, and Nairobi University, Kenya).  She has been teaching PACS at Coventry University since 2000.  Her areas of research include conflict transformation, nonviolence, peace education, and the role of the arts in peacebuilding.  She also has extensive experience in peace education at the community level in the UK and has worked as a trainer in conflict resolution and mediation.

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Honorary Research Fellow


Selected outputs

  • Darweish, M., and Rank, C. (eds.) (2012) Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Contemporary Challenges and Themes. London: Pluto Press 
  • Rank, C. (2010) 'Peace Studies: University Departments and Programmes'. In International Encyclopaedia of Peace. Ed. by Young, N.J. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Harlock, C., Rank, C., and Sohal, B. (eds.) (2010) Peace Partners Training Manual. Coventry: Coventry Corporate Training Centre
  • Rank, C. (2011) 'Popular Education and Nonviolent Social Change: the Legacies of Danilo Dolci and Myles Horton'. In Proceedings of the 2011 Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, ‘A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice’. Held 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rank, C. (2008) 'Promoting Peace through the Arts'. In Proceedings of the 2008 International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Conference, ‘IRPA 2008’. Held 15-19 July  2008 in Leuven, Belgium
  • Rank, C. (2008) 'Envisioning Peace: Peace Education through Arts in Peace Museums Worldwide'. In Museums for Peace: Past, Present and Future. Ed. by Anzai, I., Apsel, J., and Mehdi, S.S. Kyoto, Japan: Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University.
  • Rank, C. (2006) 'The emergence and development of peace studies in the United States'. In Peace Studies in the Chinese Century. Ed. by Hunter, A. Aldershot: Ashgate

Selected projects

  • Nonviolent Resistance to the Mafia in Sicily
    This research traces the links between earlier generations of anti-Mafia activists and their contemporary counterparts, analysing ways in which the power of the Mafia in Sicily is being eroded.
  • Inspiration from the Grassroots: Contemporary Peace-building Initiatives in Kenya (2014)
    A collection of stories of ‘home-grown’ peacebuilding in Kenya. Ethnic conflict and the development of effective peace-building initiatives.
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