In an infinitely complex world, the causes of conflict in global and local politics are intricate and the pathways to peace are contested.  
The community of peace and conflict studies (PACS) researchers within the School of Political Science and International Studies leads cutting-edge work on these contemporary challenges   Our studies examine how formalised state militaries and non-state militias engage in conflict, multilateral institutions' contributions to conflict management, indigenous as well as gendered perspectives on conflict and peacebuilding, the evolving nature of humanitarian responses to conflict and insecurity, and media representations of war and peace.  Our research comprises active in-country field work and the development of collaborative research partnerships in countries which span Oceania, West Africa and South-East Asia as well as communities closer to home in Australia.

We host one of only six Rotary Peace Centres worldwide and the world’s first Global Media Lab for the monitoring and evaluation of contemporary conflicts. We are also proud to host the Asia Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect (APR2P), funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Causes of Violent Conflict
  • Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide
  • Prevention of Conflict
  • Non-violence
  • Gender
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Just War tradition
  • Laws of War
  • Post-conflict Reconstruction
  • Peace-building
  • Political Theory


Uphill Battle by Ali Rae