BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Associate Working Group

The BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Associate Working Group was established in March 2018 to provide a space for international studies researchers to develop their work on the various aspects of peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

Peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, broadly defined, are interventions of external third-party military, civilian, or police personnel (or any combination of the three) into areas of violent conflict, with the aim of reducing violence and building sustainable models of peace. The working group examines the role of international and regional organisations, initiatives by single states, as well as efforts of non-governmental international organisations, extending across the range of military, police and civilian personnel in field operations.

The working group encourages theoretical engagement with the broader concepts taken from international studies that underpin such interventions, the decision-making process behind them, as well as encouraging policy relevant analysis which engages with decision makers and practitioners in the field as well as in troop contributing countries (TCCs). The working group encourages interaction with different levels of analysis from understanding the experience of those at the receiving end of such interventions, the views of deployed personnel up to the outlook at the strategic-level decision-making processes undertaken by policy elites. We work in collaboration with other BISA working groups and policy think tanks such as UNA-UK and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).


Dr Georgina Holmes

Georgina Holmes is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. Her research explores the development of gender mainstreaming as a policy frame in global governance and peacekeeping, norm implementation dynamics, gender and Security Sector Reform, and the training and deployment of male and female uniformed peacekeepers. She has published in several peer reviewed academic journals including International Peacekeeping, Journal of Intervention and State Building, Peace Review, Journal of Genocide Studies, RUSI Journal and the Roundtable: The Journal of Commonwealth and International Studies. She is the author of Women and War in Rwanda: Genocide, Media and the Representation of Genocide (2013, I.B Tauris).

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Dr David Curran

David Curran is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (UK). David’s primary research investigates the interaction between the fields of conflict resolution and military peacekeeping, which is the topic of his monograph entitled ‘More than Fighting for Peace?: Conflict Resolution, UN Peacekeeping, and the Role of Training Military Personnel’. David has also published on the evolution of peacekeeping doctrine, as well as undertaking research into the United Kingdom’s relationship with UN peacekeeping. His recent publications include: “Muddling on through? Cosmopolitan peacekeeping and the protection of civilians” (International Peacekeeping, 2017); The United Kingdom and United Nations peace operations” (with Paul D. Williams, International Peacekeeping, 2017); “Perspectives on Peacekeeping and Atrocity Prevention—Expanding Stakeholders and Regional Arrangements” (co-editor, Springer, 2015); “Resonating, Rejecting, Reinterpreting: Mapping the Stabilisation Discourse in the United Nations Security Council, 2000–2014” (with Paul Holtom, Stability Journal, 2015).

View David Curran’s Coventry University staff profile

Dr Philip Cunliffe

Philip Cunliffe is a Senior Lecturer in International Conflict in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent.

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Postgraduate representative

Sabrina White


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