Welcome to the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Two new blog posts

Dr Charles Butcher has recently published two blog posts. At "Political Violence @ a Glance" Charles explains why there was no battle for Baghdad and at "Security Watch" out of ETH Zurich, he discusses why civil resistance starts. 

Cartoon Competition 2015

Cartoon competitionNCPACS is pleased to announce a cartoon competition with the theme “Power to the Peaceful”. The competition has a secondary school section and an open section, with prizes of $300 and $500 respectively. Entries are open until 22 May 2015.

Cartoonists play an important role in commenting upon, reflecting and interpreting events in our community, nation or the wider world. A single frame can engage and amuse, and may even polarize the opinions of the viewers. With the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the controversy surrounding the Danish cartoons, in recent times cartoonists have been at the centre of the news. The cartoons at the heart of these events have provoked outrage and violent response. With this competition we would like to put the focus on peace.

The theme of this competition is open to interpretation. Entries might reflect individual, community, national or international contexts. Most of all we hope the cartoons will address the relationship between power and peacefulness.

A copy of the entry form and the competition regulations can be downloaded here. For further enquiries, please contact the Centre at peaceandconflict@otago.ac.nz or phone +64 3 479 4546.

Semester Two 2014 newsletter

Download the Semester Two 2014 newsletter here. This issue includes: A visit from Professor Richard Falk, tribute to Andrea Derbidge, profile of student Liesel Mitchell, launch of the Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust, Kevin Clements named Peacemaker of the Year, public conversations series, Marsden Grant success, student book contracts, profile of Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Patrik Johansson, peer mediation on campus, visiting Research Assistants, Zone of Peace launch.

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2015 study

For enquiries about study beginning in 2015, please use the following contacts:

PhD study:  Applications are accepted year round. 
Professor Richard Jackson, Director of Studies

Master of Arts (by thesis): Applications are accepted year round.
Dr Charles Butcher, Masters Coordinator

Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (Coursework):  Applications are currently being accepted for Semester One, 2015, beginning 23 February.
Dr Charles Butcher, Academic Subject Advisor

For general enquiries about study at NCPACS please contact
Rosemary McBryde, Administrator

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Book proposal: Peace building and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) through its Commission for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is publishing a book from Springer Press as part of the Springer Briefs on Environment, Security, Development and Peace under the series editorship of Prof. Hans Günter Brauch of the Faculty of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. The book will be published in print and online formats. The working title of the book is: Peace- building and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Strategies for the 21st Century.

We invite proposals for chapters, each of a maximum of 5000 words (including references and supplementary material), for a book on the theme of Peace- building and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Strategies for the 21st Century. This publication will contribute towards the growing body of literature informing and promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples as set out in the U.N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Editors for the book are the coordinators of the IPRA Commission for the Rights of Indigenous People who are located at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia and the Aotearoa New Zealand, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Voices on Peace and Conflict blog

NCPACS has launched a new online blog – Voices on Peace and Conflict. The blog will post the opinions of current/former students and faculty of NCPACS. Annoucements and reports of the Centre’s activities will be updated here, as well as on the Centre's Facebook site and by direct email to those on the mailing list.

Please visit the blog Voices on Peace and Conflict at http://ncpacs.wordpress.com.

Note: The opinions expressed in the blog articles are the authors’ own and do not reflect the views of the Centre.

Semester One newsletter

Download the NCPACS newsletter for Semester One 2014 here.  Contents in this issue include:  New waiata for the Centre, Maata Wharehoka , Marae visit, Profile: Professor Ed Garcia, U3A Programme, PhD completions, New publications launched, Student profiles, 2013 prizewinners, Forecasting to prevent mass atrocity, Confessions of a Terrorist published, Moves on mediation, GFCT internship funding, Uppsala connection, Recent publications, Profile: Dr SungYong Lee.

Download the newsletter for Semester Two 2013 here.

Public Conversation series

The NCPACS series of public conversations is livestreamed from the Media Production Studio on campus and recorded for later podcast.

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

14 April 2014: Professor Ed Garcia in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements, discussing Ed's life and times, recorded 14 April 2014. Download here as a video file or as an audio file.

24 April 2014: Professor Kevin Clements, interviewed by Professor Ed Garcia about his life and times. Kevin has had an illustrious career  in both academia and working for a variety of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations.  This talk can be downloaded as a video file or an audio file.

12 May 2014: Maata Wharehoka in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements.   Maata was a visiting Maori practice fellow at the Centre for 2 months, and talks about her life as an activist and advocate for tikanga Maori.  This talk can be downloaded as a video file or an audio file.

21 July 2014: Professor Marilyn Waring was in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements about her life before, during and after the parliamentary years.  Download here as an audio file or video file.

Graduation 17 May 2014

Graduation 17May2014The Centre was proud to have a large contingent of students graduating on Saturday 17 May, including the first Ph.D to graduate in person, Dr Chin-Kuei Tsui. Pictured at the graduation breakfast in the University Link are, back row: Dr SungYong Lee, Griffin Leonard (PGDipArts), Dr Heather Devere, Professor Richard Jackson, Dr Chin-Kuei Tsui (Ph.D), Professor Kevin Clements, Stacey Hitchcock (PGDipArts) and front row: Leisa de Klerk, Alysha Genn, Sandra Ivanov, Charlotte Graham (PGDipArts).

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'.

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.

Director's graduation speech received with acclamation

Professor Kevin Clements addressed graduands at the University of Otago's graduation ceremony on Saturday 24 May 2013. His address, on the transformative power of love, courage and hope, received prolonged applause.

Director presents in Washington

On Thursday 7 February 2013,  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

Hosted by UniTube

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Dr Karen Brouneus on supervision

Hosted by UniTube

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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