Welcome to the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Could you stop a war?
Where do you start? With knowledge - and a one-year coursework master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Otago.
Inaugural Professorial Lecture
On Tuesday 22 October, Professor Richard Jackson delivered his Inaugural Professorial Lecture. The topic was "The discursive construction of social practice, or, how stories make our world". The full text of the lecture can be downloaded here.
World Peace Day
As part of the Centre's World Peace Day events, on Sunday 22 September Professor Richard Jackson delivered the sermon at St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin. His sermon, entitled 'Swords into Ploughshares' can be downloaded here.
Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
Beginning in 2014 this taught Masters programme provides advanced qualifications in Peace and Conflict studies, development and peace building.
The qualification requires one year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. It entails a structured programme of both core and optional coursework along with either a piece of supervised research or a work placement and associated report.
For further information, contact Dr Charles Butcher Masters Coordinator.
Early Career Award for Dr Karen Brouneus
Dr Karen Brouneus was recently recognised for her outstanding research with an Early Career Award for Distinction in Research. Dr Brouneus was one of five University of Otago academics who received the award, and the only recipient in the Humanities Division.
Director's graduation speech received with acclamation
Professor Kevin Clements addressed graduands at the University of Otago's graduation ceremony on Saturday 24 May. His address, on the transformative power of love, courage and hope, received prolonged applause.
Director presents in Washington
On Thursday 7 February, Director Professor Kevin Clements gave a presentation at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Washington DC on 'The Prospects for Peace in the Asia Pacific Region'.
2013 Postgraduate Diploma papers
Download the 2013 Student Handbook for a full description of the Diploma and course content.
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Professor Kevin Clements introduces the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Dr Karen Brouneus on supervision
Meet PhD student Holly Guthrey
Masters student Scott Pearse-Smith
Record of 2012 Centre Research Seminars
Download a list of Centre Research Seminars presented in 2012 by staff, students and visiting academics.
Record of 2012 Seminar Schedule
Download a record of seminars, public lectures and panel discussions hosted by the Centre in 2012.
Record of 2011 Seminar Schedule
The aims of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
NCPACS has a multidisciplinary faculty, research affiliates, visiting scholars and partner organisations from around the globe. Led by Professor Kevin Clements, the faculty has a world class reputation in the field. The aims of NCPACS are:
- To build understandings of peace and conflict grounded in the experiences of people, places and history, and in ways that respect customary and local requirements for sovereignty, development, legitimate governance and wellbeing.
- To learn from dialogue, theoretical insight, international research and practical experience, including Aotearoa/New Zealand’s own experiences of Treaty partnership and engagement in international peacebuilding.
- To deliver high-quality postgraduate programmes at Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD levels.
- To conduct research on the causes of intrastate and international armed conflict; security, conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region.
- To provide expert advice and advanced-level short courses and training for government and non-government organisations engaged in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, development, humanitarian intervention, and policy making around the role of justice and good governance in sustainable peace.
- To engage in practical projects that build local capacities for sustainable development, community engagement, governance and conflict transformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and in Aotearoa/New Zealand’s own contexts.
- To facilitate evaluations and impact assessments of practical projects in the field.
- To advance the understanding and knowledge of conflict resolution processes by conducting state-of-the-art training in negotiation, mediation, and cross-cultural conflict resolution.