Welcome to the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
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
For general enquiries about study at NCPACS please contact
Rosemary McBryde, Administrator
Prof Henry Reynolds to launch Archibald Baxter Trust
Professor Henry Reynolds, distinguished Australian historian, will give the Inaugural Archibald Baxter Memorial Lecture on Monday 22 September. Professor Reynolds has specialised in the history of Aboriginal-European relations and has recently turned his attention to the history of war.
In this lecture, Professor Reynolds will reflect upon Archibald Baxter's influence as a conscientious objector in World War One, and his own research into internal wars with indigenes and external imperial wars.
Monday 22 September, 5pm, Archway 1 Lecture Theatre
GFCT PhD scholarships 2015
Applications for GFCT/NCPACS PhD scholarships are now open. Two scholarships will be awarded and it is expected that the successful applicants would begin their study in February 2015. Please download the application details here. Applications close on Friday 15 August. For more information please email NCPACS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graduation 17 May 2014
The 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
In 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
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 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'.
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 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
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.