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Philip O. Onguny
613-236-1393, ext. : 2496
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Philip Onguny is Associate Professor of conflict studies and co-director of the School of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University. His research focuses on political violence, ethnic conflicts, and peacebuilding in Africa’s Great Lakes region. He is also interested in the politics of international development and humanitarianism, and the role of media in conflict transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. His work has appeared in both academic and policy journals such as the Canadian Journal of African Studies, Global Change, Conflict & Security, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Peace & Change Journal, The East African Review, and Africa Policy Journal. He also co-edited La Lutte Contre le Terrorisme en Afrique (University of Montreal Press, 2019). Philip is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant project (2023-2026) that seeks to develop and test a system of assessment for peace professionals to increase capacity response in conflict-affected areas. The project brings together a group of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from Canada, Kenya, USA, Colombia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Philip’s previous research on the politics of land ownership and ethnopolitical violence in sub-Saharan Africa was also funded by SSHRC through the Insight Development Grant (2017-2019). Philip has been a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow at the Tangaza University College (Nairobi, Kenya) where he co-developed the curriculum for a BA program in peace and security studies. He has served as the director of the Conflict Research Centre (CRC) at Saint Paul University, and a board member of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR).