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Cedric Smith Prize

The Cedric Smith Prize is awarded each year by the Conflict Research Society for the best piece of peace and conflict research (broadly defined) by a PhD candidate or someone having recently passed their PhD defense. The aim is to encourage progress in conflict research, especially amongst younger people, by giving public recognition to exceptional work.

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 practice

The next call for submissions will be announced in late 2024. For questions related to the Cedric Smith Prize, please contact Valerie Sticher ( look forward to receiving your submission! Winners will be notified in April 2024, and announced on the CRS website and social media.

Past prize Winners


Imrana Alhaji Buba, University of Oslo
“Civilian Protection Payment and the Escalation of Violence against Civilians in Northwestern Nigeria,” see here.


Sigrid Weber, University College London
“Controlling a Moving World: Territorial Control, Displacement and the Spread of Civilian Targeting in Iraq“.


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”

There will be a conference dinner at the Playfair Library on September 4th. The dinner venue is located within Old College, at the University of Edinburgh. Please remember to add the workshop dinner to your purchase when you are registering!

Cost: £40

Address: University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, United Kingdom

Details: 2 course meal + beverage. We will send further information and menu options closer to the date to everyone who signed up for the conference dinner.