• 48 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr. David Curran’s primary research interest is in developments in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping. Since completing his PhD at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, David has undertaken research into a range of topic areas including the role of conflict resolution in training programmes for military peacekeepers; Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping; the evolution of rapid-reaction peacekeeping and peacebuilding forces such as the African Union standby brigades, EU battlegroups; and the potential of specialized UN rapid reaction capabilities.

Research Interests

Peacekeeping; Peacebuilding; United Nations; Conflict resolution

Vision Statement

My research seeks to understand the extent to which international peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions form an effective tool of conflict resolution. This provides a lens to analyse a range of areas, from the training that peacekeeping personnel receive, to the wider principles that underpin peacekeeping operations, and the motivations of those who intervene. I am committed to understand forms of third party intervention in violent conflict, and provide strong academic research which contributes to scholarly debates whilst engaging with practitioner communities.


  • JZ International relations
  • United Nations
  • Peacekeeping
  • Conflict resolution
  • peacebuilding

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Research Output

  • 48 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 7 Chapter
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Commissioned report

Stabilization at the expense of Peacebuilding in UN peacekeeping operations: More than just a phase?

Hunt, C. T. & Curran, D., 22 Jan 2020, In : Global Governance. 26, 1, p. 46-68 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    The UK and peacekeeping operations on the African continent

    Curran, D., 11 Jul 2019, Britain and Africa in the twenty-first century: Between ambition and pragmatism. Beswick, D., Fisher, J. & Hurt, S. R. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 99-117 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The use of force and the civil-military dimension

    Curran, D., 2018, The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping . Nadin, P. (ed.). 1 ed. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, p. 221-244 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • From Showpiece Interventions to Day-to-Day Civilian Protection: Western Humanitarian Intervention and UN Peacekeeping

    Curran, D. & Gilmore, J., 2017, Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century. Hehir, A. & Murray, R. W. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    More than Fighting for Peace? Conflict Resolution, UN Peacekeeping, and the Role of Training Military Personnel

    Curran, D., 2017, Switzerland: Springer Verlag. (The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 5 Participation in conference
    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Better peacekeeping: Challenges and opportuinities

    David Curran (Speaker)
    24 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    British International Studies Association (BISA) 42nd Annual Conference

    David Curran (Speaker)
    14 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    EISA 4th European Workshops in International Studies

    David Curran (Speaker)
    8 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    EISA 9th Pan European Conference on International Relations

    David Curran (Speaker)
    24 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference