september, 2017

21sep5:30 pm7:00 pmGlobal Development Week: Key Note Talk - Dealing with Painful History to Create a Peaceful Present5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Event Organized By: UNSW Globalisation and Governance Research Network

Event Details

Following on from the success of our 2016 Global Development Week, the School of Social Sciences’ Globalisation & Governance Research Network is hosting a Global Development Week @ UNSW on the theme of Peacebuilding and Development.

The week-long event will showcase existing expertise in Peacebuilding and Development at UNSW and in the greater Sydney community, as well as highlighting our collaboration with existing stakeholders working on peace in Sydney.

Key Note Talk: Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago

Roundtable Discussion: Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region



Kevin Clements


Professor Kevin Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association. Prior to taking up these positions he was the Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Secretary General of International Alert is one of the world’s largest NGOs working on conflict transformation. Prior to this Kevin was the Vernon and Minnie Lynch Chair of Conflict Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University Fairfax Virginia USA 1994-2000 and Director of the Institute from 1994-1999. He also served as the Director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra. His career has been a combination of academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Professor Clements has been a regular consultant to a variety of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations.


Laura J Shepherd


Associate Professor Laura J. Shepherd is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Laura is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security in London, UK. Laura’s research focuses on gender politics, international relations and critical security studies. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda. She has written extensively on the formulation of UNSCR1325 and subsequent Women, Peace and Security resolutions. Laura is particularly interested in poststructural accounts of gender and security; much of her work investigates concepts and performances of authority, legitimacy and power through these theoretical frameworks. She also has strong interests in pedagogy and popular culture.


Michael Smith

Major General (Retd) Michael G Smith is the National President of the United Nations Association of Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University, and a former Adjunct Professor at the Key Centre for Ethics, Governance, Law and Justice at Griffith University. Michael consults on peace and security issues and maintains a strong commitment to human rights. He has had a long association with the United Nations, including field experience in Cambodia, Kashmir, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor-Leste, and Yemen. From 2008-2011, Michael was the founding Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, a multi-agency organisation established by the Australian Government in 2008 to support the development of national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond more effectively to conflicts and disasters overseas. The Centre worked particularly closely with the United Nations, and contributed to Australia’s successful bid for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council. From 2002-2008, Michael was CEO of Austcare (now Action Aid Australia), an international humanitarian and development agency committed to supporting under-privileged communities, including refugees and internally displaced persons affected by conflict, explosive remnants of war, violence and natural disaster. Under his leadership, Austcare significantly increased its funding and pioneered a ‘protection of civilians’ program with UN humanitarian agencies. Mike served for 34 years as an Army Officer in the Australian Defence Force. He graduated with the ‘sword of honour’ from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1971, and had a distinguished military career as an infantry officer. He was a member of the Defence Organisation’s Strategic Review writing team in 1993, served as Australia’s Defence Adviser to the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1994, and throughout 1999 was Director-General for East Timor. He was appointed as the Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 2000-2001, in recognition for which he was promoted from a Member to an Officer in the Order of Australia.


James Cox

James Cox is the founder of Peacifica. He is a respected voice in international peacebuilding and statebuilding policy with two decades of development experience in the government and not-for profit sector. James is the former chair of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, a global coalition of peacebuilding organisations that is the voice of civil society in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, and in the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. James previously led World Vision International’s fragile states policy engagement for several years and has also worked on Pacific, human rights and general development policy.

James was a leading civil society contributor to the successful advocacy for the adoption of a peace goal in the Sustainable Development Goals, and for peace to be an overarching objective of the Goals. He led World Vision’s reorientation of its approach to fragile states, which is still ongoing. He was part of the original design and leadership team of Australia’s Make Poverty History Campaign.


(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The Galleries UNSW

John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney


UNSW Globalisation and Governance Research Network