Visiting Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies

Eric Lepp Photo

Contact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24259
e2lepp@uwaterloo.ca
Office:  CGUC 4207

Education:
BA, University of Waterloo, 2005
BSW, University of Waterloo, 2006
MA, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2012
PhD, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, 2018

 

Research Areas:

Side-by-sidedness; everyday peace; spaces of encounter and coexistence; identity and conflict; resistance to power; aesthetics and peace; graffiti; conflict transformation; implications of international intervention in conflict settings; peace education

 

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate

PACS 201 – Roots of Conflict, Violence, and Peace
PACS 203/HIST 232 – A History of Peace Movements
PACS 316/PHIL 329 – Violence, Nonviolence and War
PACS 323/LS 329 – Negotiation Theories and Strategies
PACS 325 – Refugees and Forced Migration (Winter 2023)


Graduate
PACS 602 - The Practice of Peace
PACS 610 – Contemporary Nonviolent Movements

 

 
 

About:

Eric Lepp is a peace scholar whose current research explores spaces of contact and the construction of community that includes the ‘other’ in conflict-affected societies. He is particularly interested in the counter-cultural, resistant, and unexpected spaces where peace is being enacted and imagined against a backdrop of division.

Current Projects:

Rewards and Risk, Benefits and Burden: Side-by-Side Adaptation in Small Island Communities – co-Investigator with Greg Oulahen (Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada)

This project was awarded a 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant in July 2020. This research explores climate change and island life in Canada, in particular the political challenges implicit in the benefits and burdens of adaptation. The project directly engages tensions of policy and practice as they are experienced across urban and rural life, and across the Indigenous-settler relationship on Canadian islands.

International Consortium for Conflict Graffiti– co-Investigator with Birte Vogel, Catherine Arthur (Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester), Billy Tusker Haworth (University of Sydney), and Dylan O’Driscoll (Coventry University).  

This is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research project that utilises street art and graffiti to offer a commentary on contested spaces. In this project graffiti is seen as particularly valuable in (post)conflict societies undergoing social and political transformation, as understanding the writing on the walls furthers knowledge of peace and conflict practices, and contributes to understandings of dynamic everyday interactions with (and in) space.

Past Projects:

Side-by-side in the land of Giants: A study of space, contact and civility in Belfast – Primary Investigator

Eric’s PhD research engaged the legacies and challenges of the longstanding conflict in Northern Ireland within the unorthodox space created by ice hockey in Belfast. Through research conducted side-by-side the supporters of the Belfast Giants, his research focused on the everyday and the banality of ‘getting on with it’ in the shadows of longstanding division. Publications from this research can be found in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Qualitative Research, and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.   

Selected Publications:

Journal Articles

  • Lepp, E. (2022). “Civil Sanctuary: clearly marked spaces of civility in divided urban settings” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2022.2079341
  • Lepp, E. (2022). “A Side-by-Side Methodological Approach: shared experience, informality, and adaptation” Qualitative Research. DOI: 10.1177/14687941221096604 (open access)
  • Vogel, B., Arthur. C., Lepp, E. O’Driscoll, D. and Haworth, B.T. (2020). “Reading social-political and spatial experiences through street art in conflict-affected societies”. Third World Quarterly 41 (12): 2148-2168. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2020.1810009
  • Lepp, E. (2018). “Division on Ice: Shared Space and Civility in Modern Belfast” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 13 (1): 32-45. DOI: 10.1080/15423166.2018.1427135

Book chapters

  • Lepp, E. (2021) “Read the Room: Side-by-Side Methodology in a Belfast Ice Hockey Arena”. In R. Mac Ginty, R. Brett and B. Vogel (eds.), Companion to peace and conflict fieldwork. London: Palgrave Macmillan: pp. 321-337. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-46433-2_22

Media/Professional

Audiovisual Media and Exhibitions

Selected Activities:

Scholarly Presentations

  • “Civil Sanctuaries: Framing spaces of indifference in divided urban settings” Paper Presentation. ‘How soft power brings people together in intergroup conflicts’ Panel. International Studies Association, March 29, 2022 (Virtual).
  • “When the walls calls out: protest graffiti as a global tool of civil resistance” Paper Presentation. ‘Reading spaces of peace and conflict through public visual arts’ Panel. International Studies Association, March 28, 2022. (Virtual)
  • “Puck Luck: Encounter and Sanctuary in a Northern Irish (Ice) Hockey Arena” Paper Presentation. ‘The Role of the Everyday in Repairing Societies after Conflict’ Panel. Canadian Peace Research Association, June 3, 2021. (Virtual)
  • “Subdued Reconciliation: Side-by-Side in a Belfast Ice Hockey Arena”,  Paper Presentation. ‘Reconciliation and Peace’ Panel. International Studies Association, April 7, 2021. (Virtual)
  • “Reading socio-political and spatial dynamics through street art in conflict-affected societies”, Paper Presentation. ‘Popular Culture and Dynamics of Peace and Conflict’ Panel.  International Studies Association, April 6, 2021. (Virtual)
  • “Indiana Jones and the temple if scholarly doom/eternal light: Navigating peace and conflict fieldwork”, Round Table Participant. Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working GroupBritish International Studies Association, November 3, 2020. (Virtual)
  • “Side-by-Sidedness: A conceptual rethinking of post-peace agreement encounter in everyday Belfast”, Paper Presentation. Building Sustainable Peace Conference. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies – South Bend, Indiana, USA, November 8, 2019.
  • “Repairing Societies after Conflict”, Paper Presentation. Canadian Peace Research Association Annual Conference. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 3, 2021. (Virtual)

  • “Subdued Reconciliation: Side-by-Side in a Belfast Ice Hockey Arena”,  Paper Presentation. ‘Reconciliation and Peace’ Panel. International Studies Association, April 7, 2021. (Virtual)

  • “Reading socio-political and spatial dynamics through street art in conflict-affected societies”, Paper Presentation. ‘Popular Culture and Dynamics of Peace and Conflict’ Panel.  International Studies Association, April 6, 2021. (Virtual)

  • “Indiana Jones and the temple if scholarly doom/eternal light: Navigating peace and conflict fieldwork”, Round Table Participant. Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group. British International Studies Association, November 3, 2020. (Virtual)

  • “Side-by-Sidedness: A conceptual rethinking of post-peace agreement encounter in everyday Belfast”, Paper Presentation. Building Sustainable Peace Conference. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies – South Bend, Indiana, USA, November 8, 2019.

Invited Lectures and Roles

  • “Graffiti Politics, Contested Spaces”, Invited Guest Lecturer. Department of Global Studies Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo, Ontario, 26 January, 2022 (Virtual)
  • “Peacebuilding 101”, Invited Workshop Facilitator. Peace Innovators ProgramThe Ripple Effect Education (TREE) – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,  Summer 2020/2021.
  • “Practical Approaches to Studying Conflict Affected Societies”, Invited Guest Lecturer. Department of PoliticsUniversity of Manchester – Manchester, England, April 22, 2021. (Virtual)
  • “Bombing Walls: Graffiti and Street Art in Conflict-Affected Spaces”, Invited Speaker. HCRI Speaker Series. University of Manchester – Manchester, England, March 4, 2021. (Virtual)
  • “Side-by-Sidedness: A conceptual rethinking of post-peace agreement encounter in everyday Belfast”, Invited Speaker. Faculty Forum – Conrad Grebel University CollegeUniversity of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, October 23, 2020. (Virtual)
  • “Side-by-Sidedness: A conceptual rethinking of post-peace agreement encounter”, Invited Speaker. SIPRI Speaker SeriesStockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Stockholm, Sweden, June 24, 2019.
  • “Peace is Everybody’s Business”, Invited Guest Lecturer. Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, October 1, 2019.
     

Fellowships and Awards

Fellowships

  • Curriculum Fellow, International Center for Nonviolent Conflict, Washington DC, 2020-2021.
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, 2019-2022.

Teaching Awards

  • Outstanding Supervisor Award Nominee, Nominated by students for the Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Supervisor Award. Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester, 2019.
  • Teaching Advancement Award, Funding awarded by School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to conduct pedagogical research focused on “Teaching peace in a time of growing nationalism” – University of Manchester , 2019.      
  • Teaching Excellence Commendation - Course: Conflict Analysis, Global Development Institute, School of Environment, Education and Development – University of Manchester, 2017 & 2018.

Academic Awards

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute PhD Studentship – University of Manchester
  • Full PhD Scholarship, 2014-2018
  • Joan B. Kroc Peace Studies Academic Scholarship – University of Notre Dame. Full MA funding, 2005-2006

Active Memberships

  • International Studies Association – Peace Studies Section
  • Peace and Justice Studies Association
  • Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada 
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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