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Cedric Smith Prize

We welcome submissions for the Cedric Smith Prize 2023, a prize for the best piece of peace and conflict research (broadly defined) by a graduate student either currently at the pre-degree stage or having passed their PhD no earlier than 1 September 2022. The aim is to encourage progress in conflict research, especially amongst early career researchers, by giving public recognition to exceptional work.

Candidates are invited to submit a single-authored research paper or single (stand-alone) dissertation chapter of no more than 14,000 words (accompanied by a 200- word abstract) by the 31 March 2023. Footnotes, endnotes, and references count towards the 14,000 word limit, while appendices do not. Please note that submissions that exceed the word limit will not be considered for the prize.

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. The author must have previously attended a CRS conference or must commit to attending the CRS conference in the year that the prize is awarded. 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 potential implications of the research for policy or practise

Please send your submission in PDF format via e-mail to Valerie Sticher (

We look forward to receiving your submissions! Winners will be notified around June 2023, and the prize winners will be announced on the CRS website and social media.

Past prize Winners


Gabriella Levy, Duke University
“Evaluations of Violence at the Polls: Civilian Victimization and Support for Perpetrators after War“, see here.


Valerie Sticher, Leiden University
“Negotiating Peace with Your Enemy: The Problem of Costly Concessions“, see here.


Sebastian van Baalen, Uppsala University
“Guns and governance: Local elites, civil resistance, and the responsiveness of rebel governance in Côte d’Ivoire”, see here.

Robert Ulrich Nagel, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security
“Sexual violence and conflict recurrence”, see here.

Philipp Schulz, Ulster University
“Displacement from Gendered Personhood – Sexual Violence and Masculinities in Northern Uganda”, see here.

Margherita Belgioioso, University of Essex
“Going Underground: Resort to Terrorism in Mass Mobilization Dissident Campaigns”, see here.

Heidi Ridley, University College Dublin
“Male Collective Identity in the People’s Liberation Army of Nepal”, see here.

Luke Abbs, University of Kent
“The Hunger Games: Food Prices, Ethnic Cleavages and Nonviolent Unrest in Africa”, see here.

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

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”, see here.

Simon Robins, York University
“Addressing the needs of families of the missing: A test of contemporary approaches to transitional justice”, see here.

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”