Welcome to the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

On Thursday 10 April 2014, the Centre, in conjunction with the Faculty of Law, was pleased have the opportunity to host Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Ms Kane gave a public lecture entitled 'Disarmament: The Balance Sheet'.

Public Conversation series

NCPACS will hold a series of public conversations over the year, livestreamed from the Media Production Studio on campus and recorded for later podcast. 

The first conversation with Marian Hobbs and Professor Kevin Clements, entitled 'Challenging perceived wisdom in communes, schools and governments: Developing critical consciousness in Aotearoa-New Zealand', recorded and livestreamed on Monday 17 March 2014, can be downloaded here as a video file or as an audio file.

North East Asia Peace and Security Problem Solving Workshop

Seoul-2014In March 2014, Professor Kevin Clements (front row, centre) and PhD candidate Ria Shibata (back row, right) travelled to Seoul to facilitate the second in what is hoped will be a series of North East Asian Peace and Security Problem Solving Workshops.

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

We are delighted to welcome our first intake of students for the new Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS).  Timetable details for Semester 1 classes are as follows:

PEAC 590/595    Monday 9.00 - 11.50   Com 4.30
PEAC 502           Monday 2.00 - 4.50     Castle A
PEAC 501           Tuesday 9.00 - 11.50   Chem 3

For further information for current students or enquiries, please email either
Dr Charles Butcher or Centre Administrator, Rosemary McBryde.

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'.

View Professor Clements' presentation

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Professor Kevin Clements introduces the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Dr Karen Brouneus on supervision

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Meet PhD student Holly Guthrey

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Masters student Scott Pearse-Smith

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Masters student Audrey Wong

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Record of 2012 Centre Research Seminars

Download a list of Centre Research Seminars presented in 2012 by staff, students and visiting academics.

Record of 2013 seminars and public lectures

Download a record of seminars, public lectures and panel discussions hosted by the Centre in 2013.

Record of 2012 seminars and public lectures

Download a record of seminars, public lectures and panel discussions hosted by the Centre in 2012.

Record of 2011 seminars and public lectures

Download a record of seminars and public lectures hosted by the Centre in 2011.

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The aims of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

IMG_0233NCPACS 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.

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© National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
Aotearoa / New Zealand

Tel 64 3 479 4546
Fax 64 3 479 8084
Email peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz