The advisory board consists of prominent Peace and Conflict scholars from Sweden and abroad. It meets discuss program-related matters. Members of the Advisory Board are:
Sunil Bastian, research consultant, Sri Lanka. Sunil Bastian is a political economist based in Colombo. He has researched and published widely on issues related to peace and has more than two decades of consultancy experience with a range of donor agencies in this area. Bastian has previously been a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies and chairperson of the Centre for Poverty Analysis.
Professor Lorraine Elliott, Australian National University. Professor Elliott is ANU Public Policy Fellow at the Department of International Relations, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies. She works eg. on non-traditional security including climate security and environmental security and is the Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.
Professor Richard Jackson, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand is a world leading expert on critical terrorism studies. He is currently working on a major project on non-violence and pacifism.
Assistant Professor Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, works as a researcher at Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm and Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. Her work includes from rebel-to-political party transitions and electoral violence in countries such as Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cambodia.
Professor Morten Bøås, Norweigan Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, works predominantly on peace and conflict in Africa, including issues such as land rights and citizenship conflicts, youth, ex-combatants and the new landscape of insurgencies and geopolitics.
Dr. Michelle Ann Miller, Senior Research Fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, is the author of Rebellion and Reform in Indonesia. She also works e.g. on rural-urban issues in Banda Aceh.
Professor Peter Wallensteen. Peter Wallensteen is a Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, since 2012. He was Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University 1985-2012. He is also Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, since 2006. One of his recent publications is Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory and World Order (Oxford University Press 2015).
Professor Timothy Sisk, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, University of Denver. Sisk's research focuses on the nexus between democracy and governance and the management of conflict in deeply divided societies, especially those emerging from civil war. He has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.
Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professor of Political Science, University of Montréal. Her research interests are in topics of political violence, conflict resolution and peace consolidation. Professor Zahar has done field work in many places in the Near East, in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Balkans. She has recently examined the impact of programs to promote democracy as part of peace consolidation operations and undertook a research program on international assistance for organizing and holding elections in post-conflict situations.
One of the main strengths of the Varieties of Peace research program are the international collaboration activities with leading scholars in Peace and Conflict Studies from around the world. The Varieties of Peace research program has established a scheme for visiting scholars offering the opportunity to spend one or two months working within our research environment. Funding for direct costs of travel and stay in Sweden are covered by the program, yet not salaries and other expenses.
The first round of applications has resulted in five scholars who will take part in the program either in 2019. These are four juniour researchers Arvid Lundberg, Jason Klocek, Velomahanina Razakamarahavo and Daniela Lai; and one senior Visiting Scholar, Lars Waldorf.
Stay tuned for next round of applications for year 2020!