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Biography

 

Since 2002, Chas Morrison has practical and academic experience in conflict and disaster, primarily in reconstruction and humanitarian response. Before joining Coventry University he worked for several years with humanitarian NGOs, based in East Africa and South Asia. He has undertaken projects and consultancies for multiple donors: various UN agencies, DFID, ECHO, and USAID. His research has been funded by the European Commission, IIED and Disasters Emergency Committee, among others. Recent fieldwork has been on civilian protection in urban siege in Syria, post-earthquake community reconstruction in Nepal, and faith groups in transforming local conflict dynamics in Sri Lanka, South Africa and Tanzania. Main research interests are how civil society and communities respond to and perceive conflict and disaster, and how international actors can more effectively support them. He teaches post-graduate project management and CPD on operating in challenging environments.

 

Research Interests

Conflict Response; Disaster Reconstruction; Civil Society; Civilian Protection

Vision Statement

 

My career began in international disaster reconstruction, where the worst-hit areas were often weakly governed and affected by civil conflict. I then worked in humanitarian post-conflict reconstruction in East Africa and South Asia. My work now is inspired by the belief that violent conflict and disasters are not inevitable or random and there are concrete measures that can be taken before, during and after. Improving humanitarian conflict and disaster response requires listening to affected people and closer collaboration with them rather than compliance with donor priorities. I also believe that the entire field of conflict and disaster response and recovery will be transformed in the coming years by a variety of new technologies.

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Research Output

Buddhist extremism, anti-Muslim violence and civil war legacies in Sri Lanka

Morrison, C., 2 Jan 2020, In : Asian Ethnicity. 21, 1, p. 137-159 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Community-Led Reconstruction, Social Inclusion and Participation in Post-earthquake Nepal

    Crawford, G. & Morrison, C., 8 Jun 2020, In : Development Policy Review. (In-press), p. (In-press) 29 p.

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    Activities

    • 7 Participation in conference

    Faith-based Approaches to Transforming Conflict- Reflecting on Sri Lanka’s 5 years of ‘Peace’, paper presented

    Chas Morrison (Participant)
    23 Oct 201424 Oct 2014

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    XXXVI CICA International Conference

    Chas Morrison (Panel Facilitator)
    24 Jun 201327 Jun 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Peace and Conflict: an international interdisciplinary conference, Conflict Research Society

    Chas Morrison (Speaker)
    17 Sep 201319 Sep 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    HCRI conference: New Frontiers for Peacebuilding: Hybridity, Governance, and Local Agency

    Chas Morrison (Speaker)
    13 Sep 201214 Sep 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Conflict Research Society Annual Conference

    Chas Morrison (Speaker)
    18 Sep 201220 Sep 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference