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Dr Stefanie Kappler, PhD International Relations (University of St Andrews)

Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45667
Room number: IM208, Al-Qasimi Building

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Stefanie Kappler joined Durham University in 2015. She holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews. Stefanie previously acted as Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies (Liverpool Hope University). She is particularly interested in the contested and transformative nature of local imaginations of peace and has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Cyprus, Brussels, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Basque Country.

Her research interests include critical approaches to peacebuilding, specifially with respect to the Balkans, South Africa and Cyprus as well as the role of memory and art in peacebuilding. 

Her research is driven by an interest in what constitutes agency and how we can come to an understanding of peacebuilding agents that avoids their (colonial) essentialisation and takes account of their multidimensional character. To engage with this question, Stefanie has investigated the role that artists can play in peacebuilding processes to break through established categories and provide narratives that challenge dominant discourses.

Stefanie is working on externally-funded projects to investigate the connection between memory politics, cultural heritage and peacebuilding (see, the role of the arts in peace formation processes ( and decolonising peace education ( 

Research Groups

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Interests

  • Peacebuilding
  • The European Union and Peacebuilding
  • Spaces and places of peace and conflict
  • Research Methods in Peace Studies
  • Peace and the Arts
  • Memory and Conflict
  • Narrative Approaches
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • South Africa
  • Cyprus
  • Northern Ireland

Selected Publications

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Edited book

  • Chabot, Joceline, Godin, Richard, Kappler, Stefanie & Kasparian, Sylvia (2015). Mass media and the Genocide of the Armenians: One Hundred Years of Uncertain Representation. Palgrave.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Conflict and resolution:
  • Europe: Politics, institutions & law:
  • Identity, ethnicity and culture:
  • International politics:


Selected Grants

  • 2020: Decolonising Peace Education in Africa (£48642.70 from AHRC)
  • 2020: GCRF Inception Funding - Decolonising Peace Education (£950.00 from AHRC)
  • 2018: The art of peace: Interrogating community devised arts based peacebuilding (£261357.00 from AHRC)
  • 2017: Peace and the Politics of Memory (£123450.27 from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond; total grant value SEK 5.522.268), with Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, Annika Björkdahl and Susanne Buckley-Zistel
  • 2017: The Cultural Heritage of Conflict, Swedish Research Council (total grant value SEK 4.808.056), with Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, Annika Björkdahl and Susanne Buckley-Zistel
  • 2016: British Council consultancy (civil society and peacebuilding)
  • 2016: IAA - IMPACT MENTORING SCHEME (£717.08 from ESRC)
  • 2012: Arts and Humanities Research Council: European Proposal Support fund