Thomas Fraser completed the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) program at the University of Waterloo in 2021 and currently serves as the PACS Administrative Officer and Graduate Studies Coordinator. Before this appointment, he served as the inaugural Campus Lead for Map the System 2020-21, hosted locally by the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, and as a frontline worker for House of Friendship’s emergency shelter program.
Born and raised in South Africa, he completed undergraduate studies in International Relations and Development Sociology at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, before coming to Canada.
Passionate about peace, justice, and nonviolent change, he is a long-time activist with experience ranging from the grassroots to the international. While still in South Africa, he was deeply involved with the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign (SAFSC) and served as a national coordinator for the South African University Staff Network for Transformation (SAUSNeT). In addition, he also gained valuable experience working for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and In On Africa (IOA), a private research and consulting firm focused on African development.
Since arriving in Canada, he has grown increasingly connected to local activism focused on peace, housing, and climate justice, and is also an active member of the Council of Canadians. In his capacity as PACS Administrative Officer and Graduate Studies Coordinator, he strives to support the formation of mature peacebuilders capable of advancing human dignity, just community, and care for our common home.
Civilizational crisis and renewal, just peacebuilding, everyday peace, emancipatory futures, active nonviolence, transformative movement-building, peace theology.
Fraser, Thomas W. (2021). Overcoming Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘three evils of society’. Waging Nonviolence.
Contact Thomas for the following
- General Information about the MPACS program
- Questions regarding applications and admissions
- Courses descriptions and course selection
- Academic plan modification
- Change of enrolment status
- Degree progression
- Scholarship information
- Department Consent Courses, including PACS 621, PACS 623, PACS 625, and PACS 626
- General information about graduate studies