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New Project Seeks to Establish International Standard for Peace Professionalism

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OTTAWA, Monday, September 25, 2023 —Philip Onguny, Associate Professor in the School of Conflict Studies, is among the latest recipients of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. This three-year grant of $197,558 will fund a new project entitled Developing and Testing New Approaches to Peace Professionalism.

As the projects’ principal investigator, Onguny will lead an international team of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers who seek to improve the planning, implementation, and evaluation of peace programs and to complement education in peace and conflict studies.

There has been limited research done on peace professionalism to date. This partnership development grant will allow researchers, students, and professionals in the field to collaborate and rethink approaches to peace professionalism through practical and evaluative research,” explains Onguny. “The findings of this project will be useful to academics, and to those involved in peace work around the globe.

Philip Onguny

Professor - School of Conflicts

By gathering leaders in the field of peace professionalism, Onguny aims to establish community of practice to improve the understanding of peace work, and to facilitate knowledge sharing and mobilization. Ultimately, the findings of this knowledge network will contribute to the development of a system of assessment that can be scaled at the local, national, and international levels to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of peace professionals.

About the Project Participants

Onguny’s team is cross-sector and interdisciplinary, bringing together partners and collaborators from Canada, the Unites States, Kenya, Colombia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Collaborators in the project are Lauren Michelle Levesque (Saint Paul University), Jacinta Mwende Maweu (University of Nairobi), Louis Monroy Santander (BSOCIAL Colombia), Jobb Dixon Arnold (Menno Simons College), Richard Moore (MDR Associates Conflict Resolution Inc.), and Anna Snyder (Menno Simons College).

His research partners include the Civilian Peace Service Canada (Gordon Breedyk and Evelyn Voigt), Conrad Grebel University College (Nathan Funk, Co-PI), PEGASUS Institute (Neil Arya), Alliance for Peacebuilding (Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik), and Peace Academy Foundation (Randall Puljek-Shank).

For more information, please contact:

Julie Bourassa
Communications Officer, Saint Paul University
613-236-1393, ext. 2310
[email protected]

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