30 June: Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne (Trinity College Dublin)

2 June: Dr Sarah Dryden-Peterson (Harvard)

Many of the big issues that trouble education require us to look across nation-states, across time, across political, social, and economic contexts, shifting the nature of the boundaries that we usually place around research studies. To align with refugees’ lives, experiences, and education that do not fit neatly within these boxes, and in line with emerging transnational social science, Sarah “follows the inquiry” across the artificial lines that typically bound research designs, sites, and samples. Sarah looks forward to discussing this approach and all of our decision-making in what to study and how to study it and implications for research relationships, collaborations, impact, and more.

Internationally renowned for her pioneering work in refugee education, Dr. Sarah Dryden-Peterson is Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of Refugee REACH, bringing together educators, researchers, and policymakers in co-creating quality education and welcoming communities in settings of mass displacement. At Harvard, she teaches courses on qualitative research methods, education in armed conflict, and education in uncertainty.

26 May: United Network of Young Peacebuilders

On the 26th of May, we welcome representatives of UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders) to CPERG for a guest seminar on the organisation, which is based in the Netherlands but has a global reach and works together with grassroots organisations around the world. The representatives, Giacomo Castorina Cali and Tom Vrolijk, will share more about UNOY’s vision and why they see ‘youth’ as the ‘missing peace’ in the effort to end violence. 

19 May: Dr Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale University)

Catherine Panter-Brick is the Bruce A. and Davi-Ellen Chabner Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs at Yale University.  A medical anthropologist trained in human biology and the social sciences, she holds appointments in the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the Department of Anthropology, and the School of Public Health. Professor Panter-Brick is an expert on risk and resilience, having spent three decades working with people affected by violence, poverty, and marginalization.  Her work with Syrian refugee youth is an example of scientific research evaluating the extent to which interventions can alleviate stress, boost resilience, and improve lives in war-affected communities.  She has integrated methods from ethnography, cross-cultural psychiatry, child development, and stress biology to learn about the impact of violence on youth mental health in Jordan, Afghanistan, and Nepal.  She has also led interdisciplinary research projects in Ethiopia, the Gambia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, the UK, and just recently, the US-Mexico border.  For her work in humanitarian areas, she received the Lucy Mair Medal, awarded by the Royal Anthropology Institute to honor excellence in the application of anthropology to the active recognition of human dignity. On the issue of resilience and mental health, Panter-Brick has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations, contributed to international media broadcasts, and presented to iNGO dissemination events, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the United States Institute of Peace.  She leads research initiatives to develop effective partnerships between scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.  At Yale, she directs the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health, the Program on Stress and Family Resilience, and the multidisciplinary Program of Global Health Studies.

New Term Card: Easter Term 2021

Find the dates and times of our new events here, including details on how to sign up! Our events are open to all – email us with any questions. We hope to welcome you to one of our CPERG sessions soon!

17 Feb: Harvard REACH Special with Dr Vidur Chopra

Don’t miss our seminar with Columbia University researcher Dr Vidur Chopra. He co-founded the REACH initiative at Harvard University and is passionate about creating welcoming schools for conflict-affected & refugee youth. Email us to register.

Term Card Lent 2021 – New CPERG Events Line-Up

Find the dates and times of our new events here, including details on how to sign up! Our events are open to all – email us with any questions. We hope to welcome you to one of our CPERG sessions soon!

Decolonising Education in Emergencies Reading Group

The Decolonising Education in Emergencies reading group aims to examine issues of power, knowledge and justice as they relate to the intersections of education, humanitarianism and decolonality. The group will meet online for four consecutive weeks in February and is open to educators, academic researchers and aid practitioners through advance registration. Sessions will be facilitated collaboratively by members of the organising institutions, and will include researchers from Cambridge and Seoul National University.

To join the group, please fill out the registration form by 29 January.

February 2, 10:00 GMT: Setting the Stage
Cardozo, M. L., & Novelli, M. (2018). Education in Emergencies: Tracing the Emergence of a Field. Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies, 233.

Excerpts from Mignolo, W. D., & Walsh, C. E. (2018). On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis. Duke University Press.  

February 9, 10:00 GMT: Education and Decolonisation
Andreotti, V., Stein, S., Ahenakew, C., & Hunt, D. (2015). Mapping interpretations of decolonization in the context of higher education. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society, 4(1), 21–40. 

Mackinlay, E., & Barney, K. (2014). Unknown and unknowing possibilities: Transformative learning, social justice, and decolonizing pedagogy in indigenous Australian studies. Journal of Transformative Education, 12(1), 54–73.

Tejeda, C., M. Espinoza, and K. and Gutierrez. 2003. Toward a Decolonising Pedagogy: Social Justice Reconsidered. In Pedagogies of Difference: Rethinking Education for Social Justice, edited by P. Trifonas, 10–40. New York: Routledge Falmer.   

February 16, 10:00 GMT: Education and Humanitarianism
Burde, D. (2015). Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan. New York: Columbia Uni Press. Chapters 2 & 3. 

Donini, A. (2010). The far side: The meta functions of humanitarianism in a globalised world. Disasters, 34, S220–S237.

Skinner, R., & Lester, A. (2012). Humanitarianism and empire: New research agendas. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40(5), 729–747.

Feruary 23, 10:00 GMT: Power, Politics and Knowledges in Education in Emergencies
Brun, C., & Shuayb, M. (2020). Education in Emergencies: Five critical points for shifting the power. The Centre for Lebanese Studies

Burde, D. (2007). Response Paper: Empower or Control? Education in Emergencies and Global Governance. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 9(2), 55–64.

Cremin, H., Aryoubi, H., Hajir, B., Kurian, N., and Salem, B. (Forthcoming). Post-abyssal Ethics in Education Research in Settings of Conflict and Crisis: Stories from the Field.

25 Nov, 1 pm GMT: Patrick Muvunga on “By Refugees, For Refugees”

On 25 November (1pm), the group will be hosting Patrick Muvunga, a Congolese refugee-entrepreneur, designer and educator living and working in Nakivale refugee camp, Uganda. Prior to settling in Nakivale in 2010, Patrick studied mechanical engineering in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. In Nakivale, he has designed unique constructions such as (recycled) bottle houses, geodesic domes and an amphitheatre, to be used as community learning spaces. In 2014, he co-founded NakivART, a project that showcases and supports artwork in the refugee camp. In 2016, Patrick co-founded the entrepreneurship school ‘Opportunigee’ to help young refugees in Nakivale become entrepreneurs and job creators through non-formal, free education and mentorship. He has a certificate in Peace building and trauma healing from Pax Cultura and is an expert in mentoring refugees startups and empowering individual creativity and vision in Nakivale. The seminar will focus on his approach ‘By Refugees, For Refugees’, educational challenges in the refugee camp connected to peace building, and the value of art and creativity in addressing trauma and building resilience. 

11 Nov, 1 pm GMT: Dr Luke Roberts on “Games, Conflict and System Change”

On 11 November (1pm), Dr Luke Roberts will speak about ‘Games, Conflict and Systems Change’. Luke is a leading conflict resolution and systems change expert who completed his PhD at Cambridge and has worked with the Youth Custody Service for 5 years, addressing violence by seeking to tip the system towards the ideas and language of peace. This seminar explores how philosophical discussion on games, as described by Bernard Suits in The Grasshopper, has been applied to understand the social phenomena of violence within youth prisons in England and Wales. Through the lens of complexity theory and systems change, the seminar will draw on Luke’s experiences working with young men embedding conflict resolution and peace to become disruptors to the game of violence. 

28 Oct, 5.30 pm: Dr Neil Arya on Peace through Health

Join us on Wednesday 28 october, 5.30 pm UK time, for a CPERG seminar with Dr Neil Arya (openly accessible on Zoom). Details in the flyer below:

Dr. Neil Arya is the ex-Vice-President of three leading
associations for peacebuilding through health: International Physicians
for the Prevention of Nuclear War (which won the 1985 Nobel Peace
Prize), Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace, and
Physicians for Global Survival. He has taught university courses on
Peace through Health and lectured on the topic around the world as well
as co-editing a book on the topic. He is Chair of the PEGASUS Global
Health Conference and Contributing Editor of Medicine Conflict and
Survival. His recent research has advocated for embedding peace
curricula within medical education and theorised ‘hatred’ as a public
health issue, while his clinical and global health work has included
mental health support for refugee and homeless communities.

As we live through a pandemic that poses extraordinary challenges
to global peace, education and sustainable development, Neil will
explore how peacebuilding and global health are interconnected. He will
introduce and explain his ‘Peace through Health’ model, draw on his
experience working with the Lancet Commission on Peace, Gender and
Health and discuss his current work with WHO Somalia on the mental
health of IDP youth for peacebuilding and the concept of humanitarian
ceasefires and vaccine diplomacy.  He will also discuss his experiences
with anti-nuclear war advocacy.

2020-2021 Academic Year

Please find below our Michaelmas term card, 2020. To sign up for events, please contact us and/or request to be added to our mailing list:

2019-2020 Academic Year

27th May: Dr Mohanned Al-Arabiat on Peacebuilding in Times of Covid-19

Join us for the third digital seminar with Dr. Mohanned Al-Arabiat, president of ‘Generations for Peace’, happening on May 27 on Zoom: Find details of the event and more background on the speaker in the flyer below:

12th Feb: Dr Phill Gittins on engaging young people in peace work

Please join us on Wednesday 12th of February (12 – 1.30 pm, room 2S3) for a talk by guest speaker Dr Phill Gittins: ‘Beyond victims or perpetrators: Engaging Young People Positively in Peace Work’. Dr Gittins is the Education Director for World Beyond War. Find more information in the flyer attached below.

On the 23th of January, Dr. Kate Moriarty will be holding a seminar. Don’t miss it!

Please join us for CPERG’s next event on Hostage Negotiation, Jan. 21st at 12 pm

Embodying Peaces and Transforming Conflicts: a Course for Facilitators

We are excited to announce that CPERG will be leading a week filled with practical peacebuilding sessions between the March 28th and April 5th 2020 in the Lake District (UK). Please find the program and more information in the flyer attached below. If you have any questions regarding this course, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully work with you!

Confirmed dates for CPERG’s upcoming Reflexive Workshops for Peace Practitioners

The dates for the upcoming workshops part of the Peacebuilding Practitioner Series are now confirmed:

  • Jan 31st 2020: ‘Deep Democracy’ – with Dr. Hilary Cremin and Tim Archer
  • March 16th 2020: ‘Theatre-based Practices’
  • May 28th 2020: ‘Nature-based Practices’ – with Tim Archer

Dancing with Life” Workshop, 19/12/19

Coming Thursday the 19th of December, the first session of the Reflexive Workshop Series will be taking place. The workshop “Dancing with Life: Embodied Peaces and Conflict Transformation” will be led by Norbert Koppensteiner, deputy head of the Peace and Conflict Studies unit at the University of Innsbrück (Austria). We look forward to what promises to be an expansive and enriching first session!

Education & Peacebuilding: Reflexive Workshop Series

To register for the workshop series email by Nov. 15

Peace Education in China & Myanmar

11/11/19: 12:00pm-1:30pm: Faculty of Education, Room TBD

Join us for the first CPERG seminar of the 2019-2020 academic year as we welcome Rosie Chawla to the Faculty of Education to discuss peace education in the China and Myanmar contexts. Rosie is the Global Projects Advisor for GreatChina International Education, a former Project Specialist at the US Consulate of Chengdu, and a former Research Specialist for the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime. She has a range of peace-related global work experience including previous projects focusing on human trafficking, gender, human rights, and conflict resolution.

2018-2019 Academic Year

05/06/19: 1:00pm-2:30pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS1

What is a controversial issue, and how can communities of learning explore it safely? Few would say that “peace” is controversial, but schools and teachers often do not feel empowered to address the roots of violence. Global issues such as conflict in Palestine and Israel, armed drones or Britain’s nuclear weapons are often avoided in favour of historically or geographically “safe” discussions. Conversely, arms companies and military recruiters readily access young people throughout their education without being in placed in an ethical context. At a local level, young people facing insecurity due to poverty, gangs and knife violence are often bounced between police, social services and schools. Policymakers have identified critical thinking as a route to building learners’ resilience to violence, but how is this supported? What role can peace education play? This interactive workshop will share examples of classroom practice and underpinning theory to explore how young people can develop their own thinking and be heard on these questions.

Ellis Brooks is an educator based in London. Trained in mediation and restorative practice, he has been delivering peace education training to adults and young people since 2009. Ellis is the Peace Education Coordinator for Quakers in Britain. Quakers challenge the promotion of war and violence and instead promote education rooted in positive peace and justice. They work with educators, volunteers and partners to develop and share creative Peace Education resources and practice.

Education, Peace and Armed Conflict

30/05/19: 1:30pm-3:00pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS4

In collaboration with the REAL centre, CPERG is arranging a panel discussion that brings together experts academics and practitioners to discuss the relationship between education, peace and armed conflict. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Hilary Cremin and feature: Dr. Kendra Dupuy, a political economist researching education in conflict and crisis. Max Frieder, the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the international community-based public arts organization Artolution. And Dr. Liz Maber, a Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge. Her teaching and research explores the relationship between education, social justice and building peace in international contexts particularly in relation to gender and intersectional experiences of social inequalities.

For more information:

Masculinities, Peace and Education

06/03/19: 12pm-1pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS1

Education PhD researchers Tim Archer and Will McInerney will share brief presentations about their research and professional work engaging the nexus of critical masculinities, peace, and education. After the presentations, Will and Tim will facilitate an open conversation about working with masculinities in a variety of settings in the 21st century.

Turning Points in Peace Processes

28/02/19: 11am-12pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS1

In contexts of protracted intrastate conflicts, in which people have often experienced loss, hate and trauma, it may appear difficult to reconcile and transform violence. However, sometimes—perhaps after months, perhaps after generations—turning points are reached: people break out of cycles of violence and reestablish more harmonious human relationships beyond dualistic dividing lines. Adham Hamed’s research is concerned with the conditions and reasons for when such situations are achieved. Drawing on transrational peace theory and preliminary findings from narrative interviews with middle-range leaders in conflict transformation in the context of Colombia, Ethiopia, as well as Israel and Palestine, the presentation will focus on structural and relational qualities of turning points in peace processes. Adham Hamed is a doctoral candidate and research fellow at the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck.

Peace Education in Conflicted Contexts: Syria and Lebanon

26/02/19: 1pm-2pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS1:

In Collaboration with REAL centre, CPERG is inviting Caroline Brooks, Syria Programme Manager at the International Alert, to discuss the work of this organisation on youth and peace-building in Syria and Lebanon. International Alert is an independent international peace-building organisation, operating programs around the world to address conflict. In this seminar, Caroline will focus on the role that peace education and psychosocial support can play in addressing young Syrians’ needs and increasing their resilience to violence, displacement and war.

Working with Conflict and Peace in Korea and Japan

05/02/19: 11am-1pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS1

In collaboration with CEDiR (Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research Group), CPERG will hold a dialogic session that will explore the work of two academics working in East Asia who address issues of conflict and peace through education. Our participants are: Dr Tokuhiro Ikejima, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan and Dr Kevin Kester, Keimyung University, Department of Education, Korea. Dr. Hilary Cremin, from the University of Cambridge, will be moderating the session. Each presenter will offer a 15-minute paper presentation on an area of their teaching and research followed by reflections on contextual considerations of peace and conflict education in Korea and Japan. A dialogue between the moderator, presenters and audience will ensue.

How to Publish a Lot and Still Have a Life: Tips and Tricks

31/01/19: 10am-12pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS1

In collaboration with FERSA, CPERG is hosting back our very own Dr Kevin Kester from Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. Kevin, who has completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2017 and has 54 publications so far, will provide tips and tricks for PhD students and early-career researchers to navigate the academic publishing landscape. This workshop will offer tips on publishing in high-impact journals during and after the PhD, ways to increase impact and attract funding, and will survey the various publishing indexes prioritised by universities and hiring committees. Discussion of the metrics that new faculty are judged against for hiring and promotion to tenure will be addressed.

Social Movement Learning & Knowledge Production in the Struggle for Peace with Social Justice

16/11/18: 3pm-5pm: Faculty of Education, Room GS4

In cooperation with REAL centre and Culture, Politics and Global Justice Research Group, CPERG is excited to be hosting Professor Mariou Novelli from the Centre of International Education, University of Sussex to talk about ‘Social Movement Learning & Knowledge Production in the Struggle for Peace with Social Justice’.

CPERG Writing Feedback Session

14/11/18: 12pm-1pm: Faculty of Education, Room 2S7

CPERG will be hosting a group feedback session open to all members of Faculty of Education for editing essays, chapters, reports, and articles. Join CPERG members and bring your writing of choice to swap with colleagues in a supportive and constructive environment.

Indigenous Research Methodology

14/11/18: 11am-12pm: Faculty of Education, Room 2S7

This group seminar is arranged by Cambridge Peace and Education Research Group on Indigenous Research Methodologies. Third year PhD Candidate Hogai Aryoubi will be delivering this session and reflecting on her case study in Afghanistan.

Events from Previous Years

Michaelmas term  
Fly Kites not drones:

Anti-Drone event


26th Oct

Trinity College


Held in conjunction with Cambridge Afghan Soc, Cambridge Paskistan Soc, Cambridge Palestine Soc, Cambridge Anti-War Coalition, Quakers in Britain and the Fly Kites Not Drones Org
Rotary Peace Education


7th Nov


Held by the Peace Officer for Rotary District 1080, Pat Webb:

Contact Michelle Anjirbag

Lent term  
CPERG Meeting


Tues 23rd Jan

12 – 1:30

General Meeting


Alt & Far-right politics and peace: How to engage with tolerance in age of hateTues 30th Jan 2018

12:00 – 1:00


Discussion run by Tim Archer focussing on extreme politics, polarization and possible peaceful responses
Restorative Practices Day Conference III


 Thurs 1st March 2018, DMB, Faculty of Education

All Day


A 3rd follow up conference by Terence Bevington and Luke Roberts bringing together academics and practitioners of restorative approaches in the UK
Introduction to C.O.P.E Facilitation



Tues 6th March

12 – 1:30

Faculty of Education,

room 2S5


Introduction to COPE mediation by Michelle Anjirbag.

A style of Teambuilding facilitation used to guide youth groups in outdoor settings

CPERG Meeting


Fri 9th March

1 – 4pm

General Meeting


CPERG Guest: Dr. Josefina Echavarría Alvarez



March 12 – 22nd 2018



Dr. Josefina Echavarría Alvarez from the University of Innsbruck Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation program will be in Cambridge and shall be running several talks. Each shall be posted on the CPERG facebook page nearer the time
Easter term  
Introduction to Complexity & Systems in Education


Tues May 1st

12 -1:30


Luke Roberts will guide participants through the first of 4 day workshops on Complexity and Systems Approaches to the Social Sciences
CPERG Meeting


Tues May 1st

2 – 3:30

General Meeting
A New Paradigm for Peace Education


Thurs 3rd May


Rescheduled for 11:30 10th May

Discussion by Dr. Hilary Cremin about how peace education could be conceived at different levels


CPERG Talk: Critically examining a post-extremist peace: Educational approaches to countering extremismMay 15th 12 – 1pm TBA



Talk by former CPERG member Kieran Ford on approaches to present counter-extremism curriculum in schools
Listening in Conflict & Life or Death Situations


June 26th 2018

10 – 11:30


Group session lead by CPERG Alexandra Johnston & Tim Archer on communication techniques for conflict and high risk situations
Peace Intervention in Syria


June 26th 2018

12 -1:30


A discussion concerning possible peace interventions in the protracted conflict of Syria. How can peace programmes be constructed?


Thurs 30th May

12 – 1:30

Annual General Meeting and new year roles voting.

All to attend.

‘Young Men, Violence & Education’



(Final dates TBA)

Luke Roberts and Tim Archer will host a day conference on new approaches to educate and engage young men
Post Conflict States Peace Event?