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Dr Patricia Sellick is an experienced practitioner who has worked for Minority Rights Group International, Save the Children Alliance, Voluntary Service Overseas, and both UK and US Quaker organisations. She has lived and worked in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa designing, developing and managing programmes in conflict affected areas. She has also conducted research on Muslim Housing Experiences in the UK for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the Housing Corporation. She has a PhD in Peace Studies from Bradford University.

Area of Expertise:

The role of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in areas of violent conflict with particular interest in the relationship between INGOs and the people directly affected by violent conflict. My geographical areas of expertise are Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa.

Research Interests

Nonviolence and conflict transformation

Vision Statement


I am motivated by my experience of working with people living with conflict across the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa as well as in the UK. As a member of the research group in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation I am keen to develop understanding of the margin of agency for individuals to deal with conflict and transform power relations without recourse to violence. I understand violence can be both coercive and intersubjective. This has led me to research issues such as the way that individuals will put their own lives on the line, the way in which people act in solidarity with each other, and the way in which people tell stories of the past. From March 2020 - January 2022 I have been the Course Director for the MA Peace and Conflict Studies.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Peace Studies, Doctorate, University of Bradford

Sep 1997Sep 2000

Award Date: 17 Jul 2001

Area Studies Near and Middle East , MA, SOAS, University of London


Award Date: 1 Nov 1993


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