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The Rotary Peace Centre

at the University of Bradford

One of six Rotary Peace Centres worldwide

The Rotary Peace Centre is based in the Division of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford. The Peace Studies and International Development Department has an international reputation for being at the forefront of thinking in these fields of study and provides students with relevant and with relevant and innovative undergraduate and masters programmes in peace studies, international relations, security studies and development studies. The then Department of Peace Studies was a founding member of the Rotary Peace Centres network in 2002.

The other centres are located at the University of North Carolina and Duke University USA; the University of Queensland Australia: the International Christian University, Tokyo Japan; Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; and Uppsala University in Sweden.

Division of Peace Studies and International Development

The Division is highly unusual in having established a large, dynamic interdisciplinary team of researchers to focus on issues of Peace, conflict, international relations, security studies and international development. Staff expertise includes political science, international relations, terrorism, security studies, economics, history, sociology, education, development studies. We draw on a range of expertise to answer the questions that are core to our field, such as: why do violent conflicts break out in societies? How can war-torn societies be peacefully rebuilt? What keeps – or destroys – the peace between modern nation states?

The Division has been awarded numerous major applied research contracts in recent years from governments worldwide including here in the UK; the European Union, Australia, Canada, Norway and Finland.  The Division also has a close relationship with many NGOs, for example, Oxfam, the Oxford Research Group, Saferworld, Transparency International and Vertic. Internationally the Division has maintained substantial cooperation with local authorities and civil society groups across the world including Colombia, Brazil, Canada USA, France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sierra Leone.

Teaching and research staff practice what they preach and believe in making knowledge work, applying it to real-life issues. They have helped develop international conventions and protocols on arms control, advise governments, including British government departments, on new threats, early warning systems and security sector reform, train development professionals in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, and they work with grassroots organisations to help them build peaceful, resilient communities. They are regularly sought by the media to give interviews on current affairs, including BBC, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera, France 24 and many other international services. Over the last decade staff output has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Turkish, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish, Farsi and Thai.