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The Programme at the Department of Peace Studies

The Rotary Peace Centre is located within the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, the world’s largest university centre for research and courses on peace studies and conflict resolution. The Department of Peace Studies offers six MA degree courses in Peace Studies; Conflict Resolution; Conflict, Security and Development; African Peace and Conflict Studies; Politics and Participation; and International Politics and Security Studies, as well as a substantial MPhil Program leading to research degrees.

We combine empirical, theoretical and applied research with sustained engagement at international, regional, national and local levels to analyse, prevent and resolve conflicts and develop peaceful societies. We aim for an enabling environment for international research excellence involving diverse and critical approaches.

The Department is committed to train new generations of peace researchers and has built a vibrant, supportive and critical research environment. With around 200 postgraduate students from more than 35 countries, including around 100 full-time and part-time research students and 35 staff, it is the world’s largest university peace studies department and is widely acknowledged to have a substantial impact on policy communities in Britain and many other countries.

The Department is highly unusual in having established a large, vigorous interdisciplinary team of researchers to focus on issues of peace and conflict. Staff expertise includes political science, international relations, economics, history, philosophy, sociology, social anthropology, social psychology, modern languages, theology, education, development studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry and the biological sciences.

The Department

The Department has been awarded numerous major applied research contracts in recent years from research councils, foundations, the UK government, the European Union, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Canada, Switzerland and UNDP. It has active co-operation programmes within its locality (Bradford Council, Yorkshire Forward, West Yorkshire Police). It works closely with many UK NGOs, including Oxford Research Group, Saferworld and Vertic; and staff receive many invitations to Parliamentary committee hearings. Internationally, it has maintained substantial cooperation with local authorities and civil society groups across the world including Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guatemala, Canada, USA, France, Belgium. Norway, Sweden, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Germany, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa and Sierra Leone.

Staff engage with the wider public, with scores of public lectures in Britain and abroad, and around 300 radio and TV interviews each year. Many of the latter are to international networks including CNN, BBC World Service, BBC World TV, France 24, Radio France International and the international services of Dutch, German and Austrian radio networks, with others to national networks in more than 20 countries. In the past seven years, staff output has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Turkish, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish, Farsi and Thai