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Book Launch: Theorising Civil Society Peacebuilding: The Practical Wisdom of Local Peace Practitioners in Northern Ireland, 1965-2015 by Dr Emily Stanton

This event, co-hosted by practitioners and academics, will report on new research which demonstrates the power of using local knowledge for peacebuilding.

A Panel will discuss and address how we can better use such knowledge to inform social policy, collaborate with academia to build more robust and nuanced theory, and finally to challenge, energize and inspire the next generation of civil society peacebuilders.


Online Event (Zoom)


  • Dr Avila Kilmurray (Social Change Initiative)
  • Dr Martin McMullan (Youth Action)
  • Professor Brandon Hamber (Hume O’Neill Chair, INCORE, Ulster University)
  • Dr Emily Stanton (Community Relations in Schools, CRIS)

This event will discuss new empirical research findings that ‘practical wisdom’ has been learned from those at the coalface of conflict working to address both roots and symptoms of conflict for more than fifty years, locally. However, despite significant funds and activity, a panel of academics and practitioners will discuss:

  • Do we take the time to truly listen and learn from our own local practice?
  • Have we built strong pathways between academia, practitioners and social policy makers to enable true collaboration?
  • Do practitioners take time to reflect and share hard won ‘practical wisdom’ and theorise practice to pass along hard-won knowledge to the ‘next generation’ of peacebuilders?
  • Has ‘operationalising’ peace activity just taken over?

This event will explore how we can better harness the knowledge gained by peace practitioners to strengthen social policy, collaborate with academia to build more robust and nuanced theory, and importantly- to energize and inspire the next generation of peacebuilders.

This event is co-sponsored by:

  • Community Relations in Schools
  • Ulster University INCORE
  • the Corrymeela Community

Photo credit: Reconciliation Statue (2021), photographer © Allan LEONARD @MrUlster

Community Relations in Schools

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04:00PM - 06:00PM