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Cedric Smith Prize 2020

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call.

We welcome submissions for the Cedric Smith Prize 2020, 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 1st September 2020. The aim is to encourage progress in conflict research, especially amongst younger people, by giving public recognition to exceptional work.

Candidates are invited to submit a research paper or single (stand-alone) dissertation chapter of no more than 14,000 words (accompanied by a 200- word abstract). 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. 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 Corinne Bara (

We look forward to receiving your submissions! Winners will be notified in September 2020, and the prize winners will be announced on the CRS website and social media.

The closing date for applications has passed.


Past prize Winners

Robert Ulrich Nagel, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security
Sexual violence and conflict recurrence

Philipp Schulz, Ulster University
Displacement from Gendered Personhood – Sexual Violence andMasculinities in Northern Uganda

Margherita Belgioioso, University of Essex
Going Underground: Resort to Terrorism in Mass Mobilization Dissident Campaigns

Heidi Ridley, University College Dublin
Male Collective Identity in the People’s Liberation Army of Nepal

Luke Abbs, University of Kent
The Hunger Games: Food Prices, Ethnic Cleavages and Nonviolent Unrest in Africa

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

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’