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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

Contact Dr Stefanie Kappler (email at stefanie.kappler@durham.ac.uk)

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 main research interests include critical approaches to peacebuilding, specifially with respect to the Balkans, Cyprus and South Africa as well as the spatial and temporal dimensions of international intervention. 

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 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 course director of the MSc in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding as well as the MSc in Defence, Development & Diplomacy (currently on research leave). She is working on externally-funded projects to investigate the connection between memory politics, cultural heritage and peacebuilding (see http://peaceandmemory.net/). 

Research Groups

Durham Global Security Institute

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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  • 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

  • 2018: Arts and Humanities Research Council; The art of peace: Interrogating community devised arts based peacebuilding
  • 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: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond; Peace and the Politics of Memory
  • 2017: Swedish Research Council; The Cultural Heritage of Conflict
  • 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