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Cedric Smith Prize 2016

We welcome submissions for the Cedric Smith Prize 2016, a prize for the best piece of peace and conflict research (broadly defined) by a UK based student (either currently at the pre-degree stage or having passed their PhD no earlier than 1st September 2015). The aim is to encourage progress in conflict research, especially amongst younger people, by giving public recognition to exceptional work.

The winner will normally be expected to make a presentation covering the subject of the prize-winning research at this event (although it is appreciated that this is not always possible). Candidates are invited to submit a research paper or single (stand-alone) dissertation chapter of no more than 12,000 words (accompanied by a 200-word abstract).

The work is judged by a small panel nominated by the Council of the Conflict Research Society. The judges’ decision is final and correspondence cannot be entered into. The judges reserve the right not to make an award if in their opinion, no work of sufficient merit is submitted. In reaching their decision, the assessors will pay attention to:

  • The inherent quality of the work, taking account of the circumstances of the study
  • The contribution made to the field of peace and conflict research
  • The clarity of the exposition of the work
  • The judging panel this year will include: Caroline Hartzell, editor of Conflict Management and Peace Science; Carl Death, co-editor of African Affairs; and Nicolas Lemay-Hébert co-editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

If you or your students are interested in submitting please contact Suda Perera, the Chair of the Cedric Smith Prize Committee –

Closing date for applications – 31st May 2016.

Past prize Winners

Annette Idler, University of Oxford
Complex Co-operation: Shifting Alliances among Rebels, Paramilitaries and Criminals

Althea-Maria Rivas, Sussex University
Revisiting the Security Development Nexus through the Everyday of International Intervention: The story of Behsud District.

Govinda Clayton, University of Kent
Relative strength and the onset and outcome of civil war mediation

Simon Robins, York University
Addressing the needs of families of the missing: A test of contemporary approaches to transitional justice

Suda Perera, University of Kent
‘The Congo, Conflict and Chaos: Non-Linearity and Self-Similar Patterning in Conflict Analysis’

Andrea Ruggeri, Essex University
‘Political Entrepreneurs and the Diffusion of Violence: The Case of Lebanon 1975-1978’

Steve Pickering, Lancaster University
‘Quantifying the geography of conflict’