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Dr Ute Kelly

PositionLecturer in Peace Studies
LocationAshfield Building, T 1.1j
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 6816
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Research Interests (key words only)

Peace, resilience, ecology, permaculture, dialogue and deliberation, social and community learning

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Current modules:
Introduction to Peace Studies (BA), Responding to Conflict (BA), Peace, Ecology and Resilience (BA), Applied Conflict Resolution Skills (MA).

I supervise dissertation on a wide range of topics.

Administrative Responsibilities

Programme Leader for the BA in Peace Studies.

Study History

  • BA in Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 1996
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, University of Bradford, 1997
  • Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Bradford, 1999
  • PhD in Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 2000
  • Permaculture Design Certificate, Permaculture Association, 2010
  • Currently enrolled for Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design

Professional Activities

Apart from her academic publications, Ute has been involved with the Programme for a Peaceful City. As part of this involvement, she wrote a report on the concerns expressed at a discussion forum on the possibility of a 'Diversity Exchange' for Bradford (2002) and carried out evaluations of the pilot seminar for the new initiative of an Intercultural Leadership School for the Bradford District (May 2002) and of the Bradford-Keighley Youth Parliament's first year (August 2003). She is hoping to continue to link her research interests with constructive engagement with the challenges faced by practitioners.

Research Areas

My current research interests arise from the intersection of two areas that I have been interested in – the theory and practice of participatory engagement processes (particularly dialogue and deliberation), and the emerging interdisciplinary field of social-ecological resilience. Against the background of the converging ecological, economic and social challenges we now face, I am interested in exploring the communicative and collaborative dimensions of resilience, the relationships between people and the places in which they find themselves, and approaches to enhancing resilience at different levels and in a range of contexts. These interests are also reflected in my current teaching.

Current Projects

ICPS Community University knowledge exchange project (funded by ESRC).

Research Collaborations

AHRC Connected Communities: “Connection, Participation and Empowerment in Community-Based Research: the Case of the Transition Movement”. 2012-13, in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Durham, Glamorgan and Manchester, and with the Transition Network.


  • Transition Research Network
  • PSA ‘participatory and deliberative democracy’ specialist group
  • Member of the Education Working Group, Permaculture Association


  • Kelly, U. (2013) ‘Studying Dialogue – Some Reflections’, Journal of Dialogue Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp. 51-62.
  • Rhys Kelly and Ute Kelly (2013), ‘An Education in Homecoming: Peace Education as the pursuit of Appropriate Knowledge’. Journal of Peace Education, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp. 283-302.
  • Rhys Kelly and Ute Kelly (2013) ‘Towards Peaceful Adaptation? Reflections on the purpose, scope, and practice of peace studies in the 21st Century’. Peace Studies Journal. Volume 6, Issue 3, pp. 85-106.
  • Ute Kelly with Lisa Cumming, (2010) ‘Civil society supporting dialogue and deliberation’: Report for Carnegie UK’s Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland.
  • Ute Kelly, Rhys Kelly, Steve Smith (2009) 'What Kind of Talk Does Resilience Need?', C-SAP Report. 

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • ICPS Community University Project: ‘Comm-Uni-ty: A Community University on Power and Participation’
  • Participation in PPC Thinkspace

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