Visiting Assistant Professor

(519) 885-0220 ext. 24259
Office:  CGUC 2125

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; spaces of encounter and coexistence; identity and conflict; resistance to power; conflict transformation; implications of international intervention in conflict settings; peace education

Courses Taught:

PACS 201 – Roots of Conflict, Violence, and Peace (Fall 2019, Winter 2020)
PACS 323/LS 319 – Negotiation Theories and Strategies (Fall 2019)

PACS 602 – The Practice of Peace (Winter 2020)


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. His 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 mundanaeity of ‘getting on with it’ in the shadows of longstanding division.   

Eric is currently working on 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.

Current Projects:

  • The writing on the wall: Reading social realities through graffiti and street art in conflict-affected societiesResearch Project Funding received from Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester. Collaborative Research Project with Billy Tusker Haworth, Birte Vogel, Catherine Arthur and Dylan O’Driscoll.  
  • Teaching peace in a time of growing nationalism: A survey of peace studies programs – Research Project Funded by School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at University of Manchester.

Selected Publications:

  • “Read the Room: Adapting methodology to the research space”, Companion to peace and conflict fieldwork, edited by Roddy Brett, Roger Mac Ginty and Birte Vogel Palgrave Macmillan, (forthcoming) 2019.
  • “Division on Ice: Shared Space and Civility in Modern Belfast”, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Volume 13 Issue 1, 2018.


Selected Activities:

Paper Presentations

  • “Side-by-Sidedness: Resistance and Sanctuary in a Belfast hockey arena”, HCRI 10 Year Anniversary Research Seminar Series. University of Manchester – Manchester, England, October 23, 2018.
  • “Simplicity Beyond Complexity: Everyday peace in post-peace agreement Belfast”, Emerging Geographies of Everyday Peace, Royal Geographical Society, London, England, August 30, 2017.
  • “What about ‘getting on with it’ in post-peace agreement Belfast?” Restoring peace: building post-conflict societies, Desmond Tutu Centre, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England, July 3, 2017.
  • “Arena of Resistance: Contending prescribed reconciliation and division in Belfast” Conference: Resistance(s): Between Theories and the Field, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, December 14-15, 2016.
  • “Division on Ice: A study of social change in modern Belfast”, Peace and Justice Studies Association, Selkirk College – Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, September 23, 2016.
  • “Sitting side-by-side: Perspectives of the everyday”, Mundane Methods Event (ESRC) November 8 – University of Manchester – Manchester, England, 2016.

  • “Resourcing Reflective Practice: Enhancing Effective Peacebuilding” Co-Presentation with Reina Neufeldt. Peace and Justice Studies Association, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, October 19, 2013.
  • “Climate Change and Conflict: React or Pre-Act?” Paper Presentation. University of Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA, March 30, 2012.

Invited Presentations

  • “Side-by-Sidedness: A conceptual rethinking of post-peace agreement encounter in everyday Belfast”, SIPRI Speaker Series, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden, June 24, 2019.
  • “Media and Creativity in Humanitarianism and Conflict”, Aid, Conflict and Peace: Collaborative Research Symposium, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, May 19, 2017.
  • “Social Change and Social Relationships After War”, Adam Curle Symposium, University of Bradford, Bradford, England, September 5, 2016.
  • “Writing about Violence”, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, February 29, 2016.
  • “Does the World Care About Peace in Mindanao?”, Sociology Department, Assumption College of Davao, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines, October 13, 2011.

Fellowships and Awards

Honorary Positions

  • Honorary Research Associate – Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester. 2019-2022.

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

Teaching Awards

  • Teaching Advancement Award
    Funding awarded by School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to conduct research entitled: “Teaching peace in a time of growing nationalism” – University of Manchester, 2019.
  • Teaching Excellence Commendation
    Course: Conflict Analysis
    Program: MA - International Development – Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction, Department: Global Development Institute, School of Environment, Education and Development – University of Manchester, 2017 & 2018.
University of Waterloo

Profiles by type