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Biography

Dr Chuck Thiessen is a scholar and practitioner whose academic research has focused on international peacebuilding processes in Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia, and other war-torn contexts. He is currently interested in:

  • The ethics of international intervention in contexts of war with a special focus on local ownership
  • The way in which the interventions of ‘rising power’ actors in post-war contexts compare to traditional peacebuilding actors
  • The growing and potential roles for faith/religious groups in contexts of conflict

Dr Thiessen has consulted for several international and local organisations in Afghanistan and has managed a variety of peacebuilding and development projects in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Palestine, and Turkey. He is also the co-principal investigator for the EU-Marie Curie (IRSES)-funded project ‘Perspectives of Conflict Transformation from the Middle East and Europe’ (CTMEE). Prior to his current position, Dr Thiessen worked as the Research Manager for a peacebuilding NGO (Cooperation for Peace and Unity) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Research Interests

Conflict transformation; Conflict resolution; Emerging powers and peacebuilding; International peacebuilding; Local ownership of peacebuilding; Peace economics; Religion and peace.

Vision Statement

I am quite concerned with the growing dissatisfaction with, and local resistance to, internationally directed peacebuilding interventions across the globe. It appears that some of this discontent results from the international-domestic relationship in these war-affected contexts. Thus, I am interested in contributing to current peacebuilding literature by exploring potential revisions to current peacebuilding practice and agendas that ensures increased local ownership of peacebuilding activities and is inclusive of a broader range of local actors. Methodologically, I aim to provide an active voice to on-the-ground development and peacebuilding leaders and local populations in my research.

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Research Output 2007 2017

Proceed with caution: Research production and uptake in conflict-affected countries

Thiessen, C. & Byrne, S. 1 Nov 2017 In : Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

intervention
conflict
decision
research
production

The Evolution of Conflict Transformation Theory and Practice in Israel and the occupied Palestine territory

Thiessen, C. 2017 Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: Dynamics of Peace and Justice in Occupied Territory. Ozerdem, A., Thiessen, C. & Qassoum, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 3-19 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation

Özerdem, A. (ed.), Thiessen, C. (ed.) & Qassoum, M. (ed.) 22 Dec 2016 London: Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

conflict
Israel
transformation
peace
Palestinian

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Participation in conference

Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Palestine

Thiessen, C. (Organising Committee)
5 May 20156 May 2015

Activity: Participation in conference