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Chair

Hugh Miall
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Hugh Miall is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent, joining the School in 2005. Before moving to Kent, he was a Reader in Peace and Conflict Research and Director of the Richardson Institute at Lancaster University. He was previously a Research Fellow in the European Programme of Chatham House, research director of the Oxford Research Group, and a researcher in energy and environmental issues at the Centre for Earth Resources Research. He has taught at Essex University and the Open University and has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Conflict Studies at the University of Utrecht. He was Head of School from 2007-2009. Hugh Miall is a former director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) and chairman-elect of the CRS.
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President

Oliver Ramsbotham
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Oliver Ramsbotham is a Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK which he headed from 1999 to 2002. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Research Group.His main interests are in the development of conflict resolution theory, especially in relation to the question of humanitarian intervention and humanitarian assistance to people who are victims of conflict; in the ethics of peace; and in the ideas and representations of peace and conflict in the main religious traditions (especially in Islam and Christianity). Among other activities, conference papers and publications, he has been bringing together work in the first two fields by co-editing and contributing to an International Peacekeeping special issue on 'Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution'.
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Strategic Director

Govinda Clayton
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Govinda Clayton is a lecturer in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. His work is mainly focused upon third-party mediation within civil war, though more generally his research interests include intra- and inter-state conflict, mediation, negotiation, bargaining theory and forecasting. He is currently deputy director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre in Kent (CARC).Govinda has an active interest in the development of innovative teaching methods, in particular the use of simulation / role-play exercises. His work in this area has awarded him the British International Studies Association award for teaching excellence, the University of Kent faculty-teaching prize and the Kent Union Teaching Award. In addition to his academic teaching he is involved in practical negotiation skill training to students and professionals. Govinda has taught negotiation skills in a number of locations across Europe, most recently at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.
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Past Chair

Gordon Burt
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Gordon Burt is Chair of the Conflict Research Society, having joined the society in 1982. He is author of ‘Conflict, Complexity and Mathematical Social Science’ (2010). He has a website, ‘Social Modelling by Gordon Burt’. Part of this website covers Steven Pinker’s book ‘The better angels of our nature...’ with sections on: the thesis, better angels, all aspects of society, omnidisciplinarity and excellence. Following this agenda he produces a monthly ‘Commentary’. Gordon Burt has a degree in mathematics and a degree in psychology. Before his retirement he was an educational adviser and evaluator at the UK Open University. His research interests have been varied, but mainly in political science and international relations.
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Secretary

Isabel Phillips
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Isabel Phillips is a Conflict Specialist whose work crosses the boundary between the commercial and political fields. Alongside running her own professional services consultancy, Ge-fahr Limited, she is a consultant and member of Lead Faculty for the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), and a visiting lecturer for the University of Westminster Law School and the University of Bradford Peace Studies Division.Before setting up Ge-fahr, Isabel worked full-time for CEDR from 2003 -2012. Her experience now encompasses mediation, training and consultancy work, done across the world, in a range of different sectors including NGO, IGO, public and private sector organisations. Her initial practical experience in conflict and mediation was gained through nearly three years based in Bosnia for "Forum ZFD" (a German NGO), where she was project manager for their civilian conflict resolution project in Bosnia-Herzegovina.Isabel is a fluent German speaker and holds the German vocational qualification in Civilian Conflict Transformation. She has a BA (Hons) First class in History, an MA (Distinction) in International Relations and a Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) in Research Methods. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bradford.
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Treasurer

Ourania Dimitraki
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Dr Ourania Dimitraki is a lecturer in Economics at Bedfordshire University. Her principle research interests are focused on the regional aspect of social reproduction under specific socio-historical conditions and political/government policies on economic growth. She is currently working on a project that investigates the effects of military expenditure on economic well being in least developed countries (LDCs).
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Membership Secretary

Herbert Blumberg
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Herbert has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Haverford College. He is a Bibliographer and Review Editor for Peace and Conflict, journal of the Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and also of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence.Herbert has authored or co-authored about 50 articles in social psychology and research methods and have co-authored or co-edited several books on non-violent conflict resolution (relating largely to peace and to civil rights) and on small groups. His interests gradually shifted to various topics in group dynamics and then to a combined focus on cognitive facets of social interaction. Data he is currently analysing deal (among other things) with everyday conflict and informal communication.
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Kristin M. Bakke
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Kristin M. Bakke holds a PhD and MA in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, and has a BA in journalism and political science from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is from Norway. Prior to joining UCL, Dr. Bakke was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2007-2008) and an Assistant Professor in political science at Leiden University (2008-2009). She has also been a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (2008-2009). She is an Associate Editor at Journal of Peace Research, serves on the international advisory board of Nations and Nationalism, is a member of the management committee of the European Network of Conflict Research, and sits on the council of the British Conflict Research Society.Dr. Bakke’s research focuses on political violence. The questions and topics that motivate her research include why some states are better able to avoid conflicts within their borders than others, how institutions can (or cannot) promote intrastate peace, the dynamics within self-determination movements, and post-war state-building.
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Dennis Bury
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Dennis Bury is a registered psychologist. He has been a priest, bookseller, psychological therapist of various approaches and a lecturer. Now semi retired retains an adjunct prof role for Syracuse University in individual personality. His current project deals with medical communication and his peace and conflict research focus is upon how dictatorial frameworks 'mature' to cruelty. In the CRS, he adopts the stance that conflict research should be disseminated as a form of social healt
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Feargal Cochrane
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Professor Feargal Cochrane is Professor of International Conflict Analysis in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He is also Director of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC).He was previously Director of the Richardson Institute, a peace and conflict studies research centre at Lancaster University (2005-2012). Before this he was a Lecturer (1998-2004) & Senior Lecturer (2004-2012) in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. Professor Cochrane has also held academic posts at the Centre for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster (1996-1998) and at Queen’s University Belfast (1994-1995). Professor Cochrane has published widely in the area of political violence and conflict transformation in leading international journals and with prestigious academic publishing houses and has presented his research at numerous conferences and through keynote addresses. Professor Cochrane is regularly consulted by the media on issues relating to peace and conflict including BBC Radio and Channel 4 News, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor and others.
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Theodora-Ismene Gizelis
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Theodora-Ismene Gizelis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is the author of Globalization, Integration, and the Future of European Welfare States (Manchester University Press, 2010) and articles in Journal of Conflict Resolution, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Peace Research, Political Geography, International Interactions, Journal of Economic Development and Cultural Change, and Conflict and Cooperation. She was the guest co-editor (together with Louise Olsson) of International Interactions (2013) on “A Systematic Understanding of Gender, Peace and Security – Implementing UNSCR 1325.”
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Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
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Kristian Skrede Gleditsch is Professor in the Department of Government, University of Essex and a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). His research interests include peace and conflict, conflict and cooperation, democratization, and spatial dimensions of social and political processes. Recent publications include Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with Lars-Erik Cederman and Halvard Buhaug) as well as articles in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, and World Politics.
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Julie Lloyd
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Julie Lloyd is a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Analytic Therapist working in the UK National Health Service (NHS) with people with intellectual disabilities and also in an intensive care psychiatric unit. She co-edits the Cognitive Analytic Therapy's journal 'Reformulation' and chairs their Learning Disability Special Interest Group. Her involvement in CRS comes from the same dialogic motivation in her choice of career and she finds a mutual enrichment between CRS ideas and psychological ones that she uses widely to understand why people get into conflict. In her job this conflict is often about society's attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, which often involve similar relational patterns to those found in international conflict. She is one of several psychologists who are on the CRS Council and part of our aim is to help the group to use psychological insights to formulate conflicts.
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Suda Perera
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Suda Perera is a Research Fellow with the Developmental Leadership Program, based at the University of Birmingham, UK. She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from Durham University, an MA (Distinction) in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, and a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. Her current research examines the political processes behind armed group activity in the eastern DRC, utilising both fieldwork and crowdsourcing techniques to gain a better understanding of these armed groups’ motivations, mobilization strategies, and operating procedures. Suda is generally interested in peace and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular the role played by non-state actors during conflicts and periods of limited statehood, and their political inclusion the post-conflict processes.
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Elizabeth Rosenthal
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Elizabeth Rosenthal gained a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London in 1975. Her thesis was entitled ‘Theseus de Cologne, a general study and partial edition (Late Medieval French)’. She was Head of Modern Languages in Gypsy Hill College, Institute of Education, University of London, then at Christ Church Teacher Training College at the University of Kent, and finally in the Department of Humanities at Imperial College London. She now acts as a translator and interpreter at international educational conferences. Elizabeth is a member of Council and an Honorary Life Member of the Society.
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Tom Woodhouse
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Tom Woodhouse is Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford. He founded the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford in 1990 and held the Adam Curle Chair in Conflict Resolution at Bradford until 2012. He is the co-author with Oliver Ramsbotham and Hugh Miall of Contemporary Conflict Resolution (now in its third edition). The book has been translated into Japanese and Spanish, and Arabic and Chinese editions are pending.He is the general editor with Oliver Ramsbotham of the Routledge series Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. With the support of the Southall Trust he is also exploring the best ways of making peace and conflict teaching resources more easily accessible and available via the internet. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal International Peacekeeping, and of the Journal of Conflictology. He is currently working on the role of sport in promoting peacebuilding and is on the Advisory Board of the Independent Football Ombudsman with special responsibility for football in the community. He teachers modules for an online Masters in Sport Social Cohesion and Conflict Resolution based at the Open University of Catalunya (Barcelona).
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Judith Large
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Judith Large is Senior Research Fellow at the CARC, University of Kent at Canterbury UK, serves on theEditorial Board, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and has worked for twenty-five years inconflict analysis, mediation and post war recovery. She was Senior Advisor at International IDEA,Stockholm; Programme Director for CMI in Brussels; Special Advisor to the Berghof Foundation inBerlin, and has undertaken facilitation and training under the auspices of the Mediation Support Unit,EEAS, Brussels; UNDP and UN Women; and ICCROM, Rome for programmes in Cairo, Amsterdamand Leiden. She was external evaluator for an EU funded program on minority rights in Somalia and Iraq;for the WHO (Eastern Slavonia) and the UNHCR (Timor Leste). Under British Council auspices, Judithworked with women mediators in Mindanao and in Indonesia. She supported key actors in the Acehnegotiations and was commissioned to undertake an evaluation of third party intervention there. She hasbeen visiting lecturer at the University of Kent, Lancaster, the PRDU at York (UK), Mindanao at Marawi(Philippines), Utrecht (Netherlands), with frequent visits to Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. Herresearch focus is the reconfiguration of governance following civil war in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Advisory Board

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Marwan
Darweish
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Dr Marwan Darweish is an expert in peace processes and conflict transformation. He has extensive experience across the Middle East region and a special interest in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and ongoing peace negotiations. He has wide-ranging experience as an academic, researcher and lecturer, as well as in leading/facilitating on training courses associated with conflict transformation and peace processes. He has published specialist reports and has contributed to many conferences and seminars, as well as having a number of published academic and specialist report on related debate. He is experienced in working with civil society partners, governmental and non-governmental organizations; with community driven initiatives as well with mulit-donor funded programmes.For 7 years Dr Darweish has been a Peace and Conflict advisor at Responding to Conflict and has taken on a range of conflict consultancies including work involving Horn, East and Central Africa countries. As part of conflict transformation, he has been leading a new conflict management programme in Sudan (DFID funded) which aims to equip Joint Integrated Units (JIUs) Commanders with practical skills and approaches for managing conflict effectively. Since January 2009 he joined the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation studies at Coventry University as senior lecturer in peace studies.
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Peter Emerson
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Peter Emerson, the director of the de Borda Institute (www.deborda.org), a Northern Ireland-based NGO, which aims to promote the use of inclusive voting procedures on all contentious questions of social choice. He is a leading authority on voting systems for use in both decision-making and elections. He has spent a considerable amount of time in conflict zones – not only in Northern Ireland but also in the Balkans and the Caucasus – so his knowledge of which voting mechanisms should be used where is extensive. His work for the institute involves writing articles, running demonstrations, organising public meetings, giving lectures, and developing software programs; it is a task that has taken him to nearly every country in Europe, as well as to Africa and the USA. In addition, he has worked as an election observer for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE in over 20 elections in Central and Eastern Europe.
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Steve Pickering
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Steve Pickering is an assistant professor at Kobe University, Japan. Steve has previously held positions at Lancaster University and the University of Essex. The main focus of his research is the relationship between geo-spatial factors and conflict.
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Athina Karatzogianni
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Steve Wright
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For over three decades Wright has researched the proliferation of the technologies of political control and human rights violation. Much of this has involved field research and innovative ways of encouraging corporate responsibility. He has contributed to the new research field of transfers of small arms and light weapons, whilst specialising in new policing systems such as sub-lethal weapons systems, torture technologies and surveillance. His STOA report for the European Parliament exposed the global echelon telecommunications system; was featured in articles in every major newspaper in the world and continues to inform EC policy on security.He is a board member of Privacy International; the Mines Advisory Group; privacy International and ICRAC, the new group of specialists campaigning against autonomous weapons systems. Wright enjoys an international reputation and has lectured on these issues in America, Russia, Africa, Australia, Europe and China. Wright currently researches new sub-lethal weapons systems and tactics and co-ordinates the international Threshold Group on Unconventional Weapons. He is especially interested in corporate technologies being developed to fix borders against mass migration during episodes of rapid climate change.
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Martin Wright
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Martin Wright has been librarian at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; director of the Howard League for Penal Reform; and policy officer for Victim Support. He obtained a PhD in criminology at the London School of Economics in 1990, and is a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester. He was a founder member of the European Forum Restorative Justice and until 2006 a member of the board, and until 2010 was a board member of the Restorative Justice Consortium and the Conflict Research Society. Currently he is a board member (since 1999) of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour (formerly Natural Justice). He is a volunteer mediator in Lambeth, south London, and with CALM Mediation Service in West London. He has spoken at numerous international conferences and has produced numerous publications on restorative justice.He is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Conflict Resolution, Sofia, and holds a diploma from the Polish Centre for Mediation. In 2012 he received the European Forum's European Restorative Justice Award.
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Intern

Luke Abbs
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Luke Abbs is an Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) funded PhD candidate in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. In 2012 Luke completed his BA in Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Czech Republic. In 2013 he finished his MA in International Conflict Analysis. Both degrees were achieved at Kent with first class honours. Luke received two School of Politics and International Relations prizes, the John Burton Prize and Global Society Prize.In addition to his research, Luke currently runs the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) Reading Group, is a member of the Quantitative Research Reading Group, and volunteers in his community as an accredited community mediator. Luke currently researches the relationship between inequality and low intensity forms of social conflict such as rioting, protest, demonstrations and communal conflict. Luke’s more general research interests include: group identity, resource-scarcity, food prices, the relationship between social conflict and armed conflict, social movements, conflict management, and quantitative methodology.
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Joana Amaral
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Joana Amaral is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Kent. She has been awarded the DAAD funded STIBET Programme for International Junior Scientists Scholarship and is currently a visiting PhD researcher at the Centre for Conflict Studies of the University of Marburg, Germany. Joana has been an intern at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre and a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queens University Belfast.Her PhD research addresses a gap in conflict mediation literature on how mediation strategies affect communities' support for peace settlements in referendums, through a comparative study of Cyprus and Northern Ireland. This research aims at a novel scientific understanding on how high-level mediation practices can generate widely supported peace processes and contribute to Conflict Resolution more holistic reconciliation outcomes.