The department of Peace and Conflict Studies is home to a diverse range of research interests of both faculty and students. For further information on faculty research interests, click on the name of the faculty member to be redirected to their full bio.

PACS is proud to work alongside the Institute of Peace and Conflict Stuidies (IPACS). IPACS undertakes research and public education projects, and provides support for peacemaking efforts at various levels. Currently, researchers at IPACS give leadership to:

  • Project Ploughshares - investigates the economic and political consequences of militarism, monitoring regional conflicts and arms flows and undertaking "citizen diplomacy" projects.
  • Certificate Program in Conflict Management - offers conflict management skills training; workshops may be taken for interest only or to obtain a certificate.

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Areas of Research

Jennifer Ball

Women’s community based peacebuilding; Circle as pedagogy & community engagement process; community resilience; rural planning & community development; narrative methodologies
Marlene Epp Mennonite history; gender studies; the history of immigrants and refugees in Canada; the history of food and culture
Lowell Ewert Human rights and peace; human rights and business; the role of civil society as an essential element of peace; pacifism, enforcement of law and peace; the use and misuse of the law - law as a sword, law as a shield; disability and peace; a rights-based approach to development; and how all vocations and disciplines contribute to sustaining peace.
Nathan Funk Cross-cultural conflict resolution, religion in conflict and peacemaking, the contemporary Middle East, sustained dialogue, peace and conflict theory, local capacities for peacebuilding.
Reina Neufeldt

Ethics and peacebuilding, development of civil society, action research and reflective practice in conflict transformation

Visiting Professor Research Interests

Visiting Professor Areas of Interst
Eric Lepp 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