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 2007 2017

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

Open Access
conflict resolution

The United Kingdom and UN Peacekeeping

Curran, D. & Williams, P. D. 17 Feb 2017 UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era: Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats. de Coning, C., Aoi, C. & Karlsrud, J. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 68-89 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citations

Muddling on through? Cosmopolitan peacekeeping and the protection of civilians

Curran, D. 1 Nov 2016 In : International Peacekeeping. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

The United Kingdom and United Nations peace operations

Curran, D. & Williams, P. D. 23 Sep 2016 In : International Peacekeeping. 23, 5, p. 630-651 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Great Britain

Activities 2012 2017

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

EISA 4th European Workshops in International Studies

Curran, D. (Speaker)
8 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

British International Studies Association (BISA) 42nd Annual Conference

Curran, D. (Speaker)
14 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Better peacekeeping: Challenges and opportuinities

Curran, D. (Speaker)
24 May 2017

Activity: Invited talk

EISA 9th Pan European Conference on International Relations

Curran, D. (Speaker)
24 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference