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Chas Morrison has 14 years practical and academic experience in conflict and disaster, primarily in reconstruction and humanitarian response. Before joining Coventry University he worked for several years with international 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 2012 2017

Open Access
urban area
human rights
Open Access
type of organization
urban area

Scoping Study on ActionAid Nepal’s Community-Led Reconstruction Programme

Morrison, C., Phnuyal, B. & Crawford, G. 2017

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

The Palestinian– Israeli Cyber Conflict

Morrison, C. & Rabayah, K. 2017 Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation. Ozerdem, A., Thiessen, C. & Qassoum, M. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
communication technology
Republic of South Africa

Activities 2012 2014

  • 7 Participation in conference

XXXVI CICA International Conference, Towards Understanding Conflicts, Aggression, Violence and Peace

Morrison, C. (Panel Facilitator)
24 Jun 201327 Jun 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

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

Morrison, C. (Speaker)
17 Sep 201319 Sep 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Conflict Research Society Annual Conference

Morrison, C. (Speaker)
18 Sep 201220 Sep 2012

Activity: Participation in conference