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My background is in Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies. Over the last years the focus of my work has shifted to take account of the pressing challenges posed by ecological crises, including climate change. I have been engaged in a number of projects concerned with questions about what individual and social learning are needed and possible in the context of increasing global insecurity, which might support just and peaceful transitions to more resilient, ‘sustainable’ communities. I am currently working on an action research project with the Environment Agency/Natural Resources Wales, exploring how to engage communities facing long-term climate adaptation challenges in productive conversation and planning.

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-FEB-18 - 01-JUN-20ResearcherWorking together to adapt to a changing climate: flood and coast


Teaching interests

Theories of conflict, conflict analysis, conflict resolution interventions, methods and practice, transitional justice and reconciliation, environmental conflict resolution.

Climate change and ecological crisis, resilience thinking and practice, climate adaptation, climate justice

Peace education, creative practices for conflict transformation

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-96:  University of Bradford - BA (Hons)
  • 01-JAN-99:  University of Bradford - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 01-JAN-03:  University of Bradford - PhD
  • 01-JAN-06:  University of Bradford - Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education Practice
  •  University of Bradford  - Lecturer
  • 01-JAN-14: - Senior Fellow
  • Environment Agency / Icarus - Senior Associate for Icarus, contracting with the Environment Ageny


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleAvoiding the Anthropocene: An Assessment of the Extent and Nature of Engagement with Environmental Issues in Peace Research (2020)
AuthorsRhys Kelly
JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
TitleResilience, Solidarity, Agency: Grounded Reflections on Challenges and Synergies (2017)
AuthorsKelly, Ute; Kelly, Rhys H.S.
TitleTowards Peaceful Adaptation? Reflections on the purpose, scope, and practice of peace studies in the 21st Century (2013)
AuthorsKelly, Rhys H.S.; Kelly, Ute
TitleAn education in homecoming: peace education as the pursuit of 'appropriate knowledge' (2013)
AuthorsKelly R.;Kelly U.
JournalJournal of Peace Education
TitleTestimony, Witnessing and Digital Activism (2008)
AuthorsRhys Kelly
TitleProductive Contradictions: dissonance, resistance and change in an experiment with cooperative learning (2008)
AuthorsRhys Kelly and Betts Fetherston
JournalJournal of Peace Education
TitleMemory and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies (2007)
AuthorsRhys Kelly
TitleConflict Resolution and Transformative Pedagogy: A Grounded Theory Research Project on Learning in Higher Education (2007)
AuthorsFetherston, A. Betts; Kelly, Rhys H.S.
Book Chapters
TitleBecoming vulnerable in the era of climate change: Questions and dilemmas for a pedagogy of vulnerability (2020)
AuthorsKelly, Ute and Kelly, Rhys
JournalPedagogy of Vulnerability
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
TitleAn Education in Homecoming: Peace Education as the pursuit of Appropriate Knowledge (2017)
AuthorsKelly, Ute and Kelly, Rhys
JournalPeace Education: Past, Present and Future
TitleNurturing social and ecological relationships: The contribution of conflict resolution education (2016)
AuthorsKelly R.
JournalEducation in Times of Environmental Crises: Teaching Children to Be Agents of Change
Conference Contributions
AuthorsRhys Kelly
AuthorsRhys Kelly and Ute Kelly
AuthorsKelly, Ute and Kelly, Rhys
AuthorsRhys Kelly, Ute Kelly
AuthorsKelly, Ute and Kelly, Rhys
AuthorsRhys Kelly, Ute Kelly
AuthorsReflections on teaching ‘disciplines for Peace’.
AuthorsRhys Kelly
AuthorsRhys Kelly
Published Reports
TitleCommunity Engagement on Climate Adaptation: An Evidence Review (2019)
AuthorsRhys Kelly, Ute Kelly
PublisherEnvironment Agency
TitleExperiences of Transition Research: Report for AHRC Connected Communities: “Connection, Participation and Empowerment in Community-Based Research: the Case of the Transition Movement”. (2013)
AuthorsRhys Kelly, Ute Kelly
Title‘What Kind of Talk Does Resilience Need?’, (2009)
AuthorsUte Kelly, Steve Smith, Rhys Kelly
TitleCommunity Cohesion – Moving Bradford Forward (2003)
AuthorsRhys Kelly, Shiela Philpott
PublisherGovernment Office for Yorkshire and The Humber
Other Publications
Other typeBlog
TitleWhy We're Not Ditching Resilience Yet... (2015)
AuthorsUte Kelly & Rhys Kelly