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Cedric Smith Prize 2017

We welcome submissions for the Cedric Smith Prize 2017, a prize for the best piece
of peace and conflict research (broadly defined) by a UK or ROI based student (either
currently at the pre-degree stage or having passed their PhD no earlier than 1st
September 2016). 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
Please send your submission in pdf format via e-mail to: crsassistant1@gmail.com 
We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Closing date for applications – 31st July 2017

Past prize Winners

2016
Hannah Smidt, University College London
What Do the Peacekeepers Do, Where and How? New Data on UN Peace-Building Activities during Election Times

2015
Annette Idler, University of Oxford
Complex Co-operation: Shifting Alliances among Rebels, Paramilitaries and Criminals

2014
Althea-Maria Rivas, Sussex University
Revisiting the Security Development Nexus through the Everyday of International Intervention: The story of Behsud District.

2013
Govinda Clayton, University of Kent
Relative strength and the onset and outcome of civil war mediation

2012
Simon Robins, York University
Addressing the needs of families of the missing: A test of contemporary approaches to transitional justice

2011
Suda Perera, University of Kent
‘The Congo, Conflict and Chaos: Non-Linearity and Self-Similar Patterning in Conflict Analysis’

2010
Andrea Ruggeri, Essex University
‘Political Entrepreneurs and the Diffusion of Violence: The Case of Lebanon 1975-1978’

2009
Steve Pickering, Lancaster University
‘Quantifying the geography of conflict’