The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) is New Zealand’s first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of development, peace-building and conflict transformation. The Centre was established at the University of Otago in 2009.
The NCPACS is a theory, research and practice centre located within the Division of Humanities, University of Otago.
Aims of the Centre
NCPACS has a multidisciplinary faculty, research affiliates, visiting scholars and partner organisations from around the globe. Established by founding Director Professor Kevin Clements, and currently led by Professor Richard Jackson, 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 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.
Trust gift and Government scheme fund Centre's establishment
The NCPACS was made possible by a $1.25m donation from the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust.
The Trust's gift was made through the University's Leading Thinkers Initiative. The Government matched this funding under the Partnerships for Excellence scheme lifting the total to $2.5m.