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Research at NCPACS

NCPACS is undertaking a range of research projects within New Zealand, the wider Asia-Pacific region and internationally.

Current research projects include:

  • Causes of war, political and other violence
  • Conflict analysis, including conflict resolution and conflict transformation
  • Third party intervention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding development
  • Post-conflict state/institution building and reconciliation
  • The theory and practice of non-violence religion and conflict
  • The aesthetics of peace - how peace is understood in music, literature, film, theatre and the visual arts
  • Peace, justice, community and wellbeing
  • Peace through health
  • Development and peacebuilding in South East Asia and East Asia and the South West Pacific

For more information on research by specific staff members, visit our staff profiles.

Commitment to a bicultural research environment

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago embraces the Maori Strategic Framework's (2020) goal to deepen the University’s commitment to achieving participation and success for Indigenous students in tertiary education.

Our post-graduate centre is staffed by academic faculty from a variety of social science disciplines and as we work and teach in a bicultural setting (including Indigenous and Non-Indigenous cultural standpoints) we embrace a bicultural research environment. In practical terms this means we are open and responsive to both Western Canon Epistemologies and Indigenous Methodologies (Tuhiwai Smith 2012) and students who engage with research and knowledge generation in our centre are able to approach inquiry from either or both positions where appropriate.

Strategic Partnerships

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies has strategic partnerships with a number of organisations including:

Pressenza_smallThe National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is an associate of the Pressenza International News Agency. Pressenza gives visibility to news, initiatives, proposals and scenarios related to Peace, Nonviolence, Disarmament, Human Rights and the fight against all forms of Discrimination.