Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Mackie Building K01
University of Sydney
Secretary General, International Peace Research Association
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Associate Professor Jake Lynch, PhD (City University, London) is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney; an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation and Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association, having organized and hosted its Sydney conference in July 2010. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg.
Jake has spent the past 15 years researching, developing, teaching and training in peace journalism – and practising it, as an experienced international reporter in television and newspapers. He was an on-air presenter, anchoring over a thousand half-hour news bulletins for BBC World TV. Before that, he was the Sydney Correspondent for the London Independent newspaper, and a Political Correspondent for Sky News.
Since 1999 up to the present day, Jake has led training workshops in peace journalism for professional editors and reporters, and in media skills for peace workers, in many countries including Fiji, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Norway and the UK. Clients have included the British Council, Council of Europe, DANIDA, GTZ, SIDA, NORAD, the Olof Palme Memorial Fund and the Australian Commonwealth government.
Publications include several books and many book chapters and refereed articles on peace and peace journalism. He is also the author of several think-tank reports and innumerable articles in public media including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and the Canberra Times.
Jake presented News Goo, a streamed television program produced by the New Matilda current affairs website. In 2009-2010 he wrote a weekly column, combining commentary on world affairs with media analysis and literacy issues, for the TRANSCEND Media Service website. He is a regular contributor to radio and television. Jake has senior production credits on four documentary films, including the multi-award winning Soldiers of Peace, narrated by the Hollywood actor, Michael Douglas.
In 2009, he won a Linkage grant from the Australian Research Council, to investigate prospects for devising a Global Standard for Reporting Conflict, in partnership with the International Federation of Journalists and the aid agency, Act for Peace.
Academic career and qualifications
2012: Appointed Senior Research Fellow, School of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010: Elected Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association.
2009-2010: Co-Chief Investigator, University of Sydney Institute for Social Science/World Universities Network Project, Re-Imagining International Criminal Justice.
2009-2012: Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Linkage Project, A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict.
2008-2010: Chair of Organising Committee, International Peace Research Association biennial conference, Sydney 2010.
2009: Appointed to Executive Committee of the Sydney Peace Foundation.
2008: PhD, City University, London.
2007-2008: Convener of Peace Journalism Commission, International Peace Research Association.
2007: Appointed Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.
2004-2006: Co-Chief Investigator, Peace Journalism international research project, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.
2005: Appointed to the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.
2001-2005: Director, Reporting the World (London-based journalism think-tank).
1989: Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies (Distinction), Cardiff University.
1988: BA English (First Class Honours), Cardiff University.
Invited keynote lectures
2012: ‘A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict’, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010: ‘Media and peace: challenges and opportunities’, Citizens’ Constitutional Forum, Suva, Fiji.
2008: Point of Peace (Nobel Peace Laureates conference), Stavanger, Norway.
2008: Communication is Peace (World Association for Christian Communication), Cape Town, South Africa.
2007: ‘Promoting Dissent, Reviving Democracy’, Sydney Peace Foundation Tenth Anniversary Lecture, Sydney, Australia.
2006: ‘Peace Journalism and Peacebuilding’, opening plenary, International Peace Research Association, global conference, Calgary, Canada.
Major grants and awards
2010: AusAID conference funding for ‘Communicating Peace’, International Peace Research Association, University of Sydney, $47,000.
2009: Institute for Social Science (University of Sydney), Co-Chief Investigator, ‘Re-imagining International Criminal Justice’, $25,000 (with matching funding of a further $25,000 from World Universities Network).
2009: Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Chief Investigator, ‘A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict’, in partnership with the International Federation of Journalists and Act for Peace $180,000 external funding.
2004-2006: Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, co-Chief Investigator, ‘Peace Journalism: the state of the art’, USD$100,000.
2001-2003: Department for International Development, UK Government, Director, ‘Reporting the World’ (journalism think-tank) GBP£78,000.
- 2013: A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict, New York: Routledge (contract signed).
- 2011: (co-editor) Expanding Peace Journalism: critical and comparative approaches, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
- 2010: Reporting Conflict: New Directions in Peace Journalism, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, with Johan Galtung.
- 2008: Debates in Peace Journalism, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
- 2006: Reporteando Conflictos, Mexico City: Montiel & Soriano Editores, with Johan Galtung and Annabel McGoldrick.
- 2005: Peace Journalism, with Annabel McGoldrick, Stroud: Hawthorn Press.
- 2002: Reporting the World, Taplow: Conflict and Peace Forums.
- 2012: ‘Foreword’, Religion and Peace, New Delhi: Gandhi Peace Foundation (in press).
- 2011: ‘Introduction: Expanding Peace Journalism – comparative and critical approaches’, with Ibrahim Seaga Shaw and Robert Hackett, in Jake Lynch, Ibrahim Seaga Shaw and Robert Hackett (eds), Expanding Peace Journalism, Sydney: Sydney University Press, pp 7-31.
- 2011: ‘Can the centre hold? Prospects for mobilising media activism around public service broadcasting using peace journalism’, in Jake Lynch, Ibrahim Seaga Shaw and Robert Hackett (eds), Expanding Peace Journalism, Sydney: Sydney University Press, pp 287-316.
- 2011: ‘Asylum seekers as political spectacle’, with Annabel McGoldrick and Alex Russell, in Des Freedman and Daya Thussu (eds), Media and terrorism: Global Perspectives, London: Sage, pp 271-288.
- 2011: ‘Afterword’, in Shaw, Ibrahim Seaga, Human Rights Journalism, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 241-243.
- 2010: ‘Propaganda, War, Peace and the Media’ in Richard Keeble, John Tulloch and Florian Zollmann (eds), Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution, London: Peter Lang, pp 69-86.
- 2010: ‘A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict and Peace’ (with Annabel McGoldrick) in Richard Keeble, John Tulloch and Florian Zollmann (eds), Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution, London: Peter Lang, pp 87-104.
- 2010: ‘Peace Journalism’, in Stuart Allan (ed), Routledge Companion to News and Journalism Studies, Oxford: Routledge, pp 542-554.
- 2010: ‘How to improve reporting of the war in Afghanistan: feminize it!’, with Annabel McGoldrick and Indra Adnan, in John Mair and Richard Keeble (eds), Afghanistan, War and the Media: Deadlines and Frontlines, Bury St Edmunds: Arima Publishers, pp 133-145.
- 2010: ‘Peace journalism: variations on a theme by Johan Galtung’, in Jorgen Johansen and John Y Jones (eds), Experiments with Peace: Celebrating Peace on Johan Galtung’s 80th Birthday, Oxford: Pambazuka Press, pp 193-200.
- 2009: ‘Coalition of the unwilling: the phenomenology and political economy of US militarism’, in Lynda Blanchard and Leah Chan (eds) Ending War, Building Peace, Sydney: Sydney University Press, pp 91-112.
- 2009: ‘International Law and Israel’s Assault on Gaza’ in Luc Reychler, Julianne Funk Deckard and Kevin HR Villanueva (eds), Building Sustainable Futures: Enacting Peace and Development, Bilbao: University of Deusto Press, pp 121-132.
- 2007: ‘Peace Journalism’, with Annabel McGoldrick, in Johan Galtung and Charles Webel (eds), Routledge Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies, Oxford: Routledge, pp 248-264.
- 2005: ‘Peace Journalism - A Global Dialog for Democracy and Democratic Media’, with Annabel McGoldrick, in Robert A Hackett and Yuezhi Zhao (eds), Democratizing Global Media, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
- 2004: ‘Reporting the World: an ethical challenge to international news’ in Media in Security and Governance, editor Maria Caparini, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
- 2004: ‘Peace Journalism in Indonesia’, with Annabel McGoldrick, in Agents of Peace – Public Communication and Conflict Resolution in an Asian Setting, editors Thomas Hanitzsch, Martin Loffelholz and Ronny Mustamu, Jakarta: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
- 2004: ‘Reporting the World’ in International News in the 21st Century, editors Chris Paterson and Annabelle Sreberny, Eastleigh, UK: John Libbey Publishing.
- 2003: ‘Tips for Covering Conflict’, with Annabel McGoldrick, in Media Wars – News at a time of terror, editor Danny Schechter, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
- 2000: The Media in Conflicts – Accomplices or Mediators? Chapter by Jake Lynch, Berlin: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
- 1999: The Kosovo News & Propaganda War, Chapter by Jake Lynch, Vienna: International Press Institute.
Articles in refereed journals
- 2012: ‘Reframing South African TV news as Peace Journalism’, Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa (co-authored with Annabel McGoldrick), vol 31 no 2 (in press).
- 2012: ‘Responses to Peace Journalism’, Journalism: theory, practice and criticism (co-authored with Annabel McGoldrick; under review).
- 2012: ‘Responsibility to Protect after Libya’, International Journal of Peace Studies vol 16 no 2, pp 59-76.
- 2012: ‘Conflict interventions: the case for a multi-disciplinary approach’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol 66, no 2, pp 265-276.
- 2010: ‘John Pilger’s journalism on Israel and Palestine’, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, vol 7, no 4, pp 48-55.
- 2008: ‘Active and passive peace journalism in reporting of the “War on Terrorism” in The Philippines’, Peace and Policy, vol 13, pp 99-113.
- 2008: ‘Modernisation or participatory development: the emerging divide in journalist training for conflict-affected societies’, Global Change, Peace and Security, vol 20 no 3, pp 237-242.
- 2008: ‘What works – and what doesn’t. New directions in conflict intervention’, Global Change, Peace and Security, vol 20 no 3, pp 291-304.
- 2007: ‘Peace Journalism and its discontents’, Conflict and Communication, vol 6 no 2, np.
- 2007: ‘A reply to the replies’, Conflict and Communication, vol 6 no 2, np.
- 2006: ‘What’s so great about Peace Journalism?’, Global Media Journal, Spring edition.
- 2005: ‘War and Peace Journalism in the Holy Land’ Social Alternatives, vol 24 no 1.
- 2004: ‘Reporting Iraq – what went right? What went wrong’ in Mediactive Issue 3, Mediawar editor Anita Biressi, Barefoot Publications, London.
- 2002: Conflict, Security & Development Group Bulletin, King’s College, London, Issue Number 14: ‘Journalist Ethics and Reporting Terrorism’.
Book reviews in scholarly journals
- 2012: Peace Processes: a Sociological Approach, by John D Brewer (for Sociology).
- 2011: Stealth Conflicts by Virgil Hawkins (for the Journal of Peace Education) (selected by publisher, Routledge Taylor and Francis, as one of eight articles from the journal for a special extra edition marking International Day of Peace, September 21, 2011).
- 2009: Virtuous War by James Der Derian (for War and the Media Network).
- 2009: The Responsibility to Protect by Alex Bellamy (for the Australian Journal of International Affairs).
- 2009: The Responsibility to Protect by Gareth Evans (for the Australian Journal of Political Science).
- 2007: Language Wars by Jeff Lewis (for Social Semiotics).
Other major papers and reports
- 2011: The Political Economy of Conflict and Peace, CPACS Working Paper 14/1, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.
- 2010: Becoming Media-Savvy – a guide for social movements, with Annabel McGoldrick, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.
- 2010: ‘The “Asia Pacific”: cooperation or a new cold war?’ in (eds) Susan Wareham and Michelle Fahy, Options 2030, Medical Action to Prevent War, Melbourne.
- 2007: Promoting Dissent, Reviving Democracy, Sydney Peace Foundation Tenth Anniversary Lecture, Occasional Paper 1/2007, CPACS, University of Sydney.
- 2007: Blundering In – the Australia-Indonesia security treaty and the humanitarian crisis in West Papua, with Jim Elmslie and Peter King, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.
- 2001: Jurnalisme Damai – Bagaimana Melakukannya?, with Annabel McGoldrick, British Council, Jakarta (Bahasa Indonesia version of Peace Journalism: How to do it?).
- 2001: Reporting the World concept document, Conflict & Peace Forums.
- 2000: PJO 3 – Using Conflict Analysis in Reporting, Conflict & Peace Forums, stored at https://www.transcend.org/files/article193.html
- 1999: PJO 2 – What Are Journalists For? Conflict & Peace Forums.
- 1998: The Peace Journalism Option, Conflict & Peace Forums.
- 2012: Peace Journalism in Mexico, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.
- 2008: (credited as Script Development and Peace Consultant and co-camera operator) Soldiers of Peace, One Tree Films, directed by Tim Wise and narrated by Michael Douglas, and winner of five international film festival awards: ‘The World Shift’ Award at Cannes Film Festival 2009; Golden Ace Award at Las Vegas International Film Festival 2009; Best Documentary, Monaco International Film Festival 2008; ‘Best Political Documentary’ and ‘Best Cinematography for a Documentary’, Aon Film Festival, Pasadena, 2009.
- 2007: Peace Journalism in the Philippines, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney.
- 2004: News from the Holy Land - Peace Journalism, theory and practice 50 mins with 40 pp teaching notes, by Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, Hawthorn Press, Stroud, UK and Films for the Humanities, Princeton, NJ.
Columns and contributions to public media
- June 29, New Matilda, ‘Peace Journalism in Mexico’,
- June 28, New Matilda, ‘How Mexico’s war on drugs went wrong’,
- June 19, New Matilda, ‘The Journalism we really need’,
- June 14, PeaceWrites 1/2012, ‘CPACS and the Responsibility to Protect’, pp 5-8, download from
- May 2, New Matilda, ‘South Africa’s Deep Divide’,
- April 5, New Matilda, ‘The Sydney Uni Spring’,
- March 28, Crikey, ‘Sydney Uni staff cuts: a public university should not be for sale’,
- March 16, The Conversation, ‘Sri Lanka: international governments must take the lead in investigating war crimes’
- February 25, Sydney Morning Herald News Review, ‘Is the West destined for war with Iran?’
- February 10, ABC The Drum/Unleashed, ‘Disappearing Jobs at Sydney University’
- November 4, New Matilda, ‘Australia out in the cold on Israel’
- October 22, Sydney Morning Herald News Review, ‘Should war veterans reconcile with former enemies?’
- September 28, Guardian, ‘Act Now to Stop War’
- September (Spring 2011 edition), Australian Options, ‘The Cost of War in Afghanistan’.
- September 15, New Matilda, ‘A Media Inquiry Should Get the Facts Straight’
- August 4, Crikey, ‘War Crimes in Sri Lanka and Political Options for Australia’
- July 20, New Matilda, ‘What Did The Gaza Flotilla Achieve’?
- May 7, Sydney Morning Herald News Review, ‘Should local councils get involved in foreign policy?’
- April 7, Crikey, ‘Chewing up the Greens over BDS’,
- April 3 Galus Australis, ‘Time to shine a light on Israel and Palestine’,
- March 21, News Goo, Vodcast offering critical analysis of Australian TV news and current affairs, with guests John Pilger, Hannah Middleton and Antony Loewenstein, in partnership with New Matilda
- March 16, New Matilda, ‘Arbib Keeps on Keeping On’
- February 14, New Matilda, ‘Home Truths About Rudd’
- February 8, New Matilda, ‘Toeing the Lobby Line’
- October, The Walkley, ‘Beyond Dualism’,
- October, Australian, ‘Dangerous Precedent’,
- September, PeaceWrites 2/2010, ‘Responses to the IPRA conference’,
- September, Crikey, ‘What Australia can learn from Sri Lanka about security’,
- August, Generation C magazine, ‘What is Peace Journalism?’
- July, ‘Communicating Peace’, in IPRA conference brochure.
- July, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The world’s first demonstration for peace journalism’,
- May, New Matilda, ‘The ABC self-censors over Israel’,
- May, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Peace research and peace activism’,
- May, Crikey ‘Memo, Cockroach Kev: show some leadership on asylum’,
- May, Australian Associated Press, Sri Lanka press release, picked up by Sydney Morning Herald, Seven, NineMSN, SBS, ABC:
- April, Australian Development Gateway, ‘Questions and answers on media, conflict and fragility’,
- April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Blatant Victimisation’
- April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Apartheid is alive and well’
- April, PeaceWrites 1/2010, ‘IPRA: Communicating Peace to the world’.
- April, Australian, ‘Panglossian picture in Sri Lanka’,
- March, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The war on terrorism and the struggle for context’,
- March, Media Development 2010/1 (quarterly magazine of the World Association for Christian Communication) ‘Feminising reporting of the war in Afghanistan’
- February, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Between Iraq and a hard place’,
- February, Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend book section, review of Civilising Globalisation by David Kinley.
- January, Sri Lanka campaign, ‘Peace and justice for the Tamils’,
- December Open Democracy, ‘Sri Lanka: what happens next?’,
- December, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Agency and intervention’,
- November, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Back to basics for Palestinian struggle’,
- November, New Matilda, ‘Our foreign minister can’t handle the truth’,
- October, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Updates and Progress’,
- October, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Arguments against the war in Afghanistan: and a pathway to peace’,
- October, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Politicide or politic: Gillard and the Gaza muzzle’,
- October, Crikey, ‘Time to stand up for human rights in Sri Lanka – at last’,
- September, PeaceWrites 2/2009, ‘A new cultural diversity policy for Australia’,
- September, New Matilda, ‘Do you ever feel like the walls are closing in’,
- September, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Who’s being naïve in Afghanistan’,
- September, New Matilda, ‘Next time, check the facts, Philip’,
- August, Pressenza international press agency, ‘What goes around, comes around’,
- August, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Peace journalism for journalists’,
- August, Pressenza international press agency, ‘Australia’s ABC attempts to justify rise above inflation of military spending’,
- July, short (seven-minute) film on Peace Convergence for Talisman Sabre ‘war games’,
- June, Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend book section, ‘Dark dawn’, Review of Plutonium: a history of the world’s most dangerous element, by Jeremy Bernstein and In mortal hands: a cautionary history of the nuclear age, by Stephanie Cooke.
- June, ABC Unleashed, ‘Up close and spineless’,
- June Sydney Morning Herald, ‘How America is constantly at war’,
- June, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘More on the boycott’,
- May, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Outrage or opposition?’
- May, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Civilian populations’,
- May, Ramallah Online, ‘Why I’m joining the academic boycott of Israel’,
- May, Online Opinion, ‘Papua’s Plight’,
- May, Online Opinion, ‘Sri Lanka: reliable accounts’,
- May, Online Opinion, ‘Humanitarian intervention’,
- April, PeaceWrites 1/2009, ‘The spread of peace journalism’,
- April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The many and the fugue’,
- April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Women’s business?’,
- March, Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend book section, ‘Two views of the Middle East’, review of Innocent Abroad, by Martin Indyk and Arabian Plights, by Peter Rodgers
- March, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The end of neo-liberalism?’,
- March, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Piercing the Carapace’,
- February, Seikyo Shimbun, ‘Humanitarian competition – a guiding light for our times’.
- February, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Bringing it home’,
- February, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘A liberal democracy?’,
- February, Australian anti-bases campaign coalition, ‘How the special relationship works’,
- February TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Peace with Justice for Burma’,
- January, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Symptoms and causes’,
- January, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Operation cast lead: militarism against human rights and the rule of law’,
- December, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Inequality: the new (old) dynamic of conflict’,
- November, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘How real is real’,
- November, Spectrezine, ‘Somalia: Intervention or Complicity?’
- October 10, University News magazine, ‘Journalists can give peace a chance’,
- September, PeaceWrites 2/2008, ‘Review of Invisible Balance of Power, by Sajjad Shaukat’,
- August, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Our turn to be heard on arms spending’,
- August, Australian Options magazine, ‘The Phantom Menace – Labor’s Defence Review a blast from the past’,
- June, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Futures Research, Sweden, ‘Coalition of the Unwilling’,
- April, PeaceWrites 1/2008, ‘Coalition of the Unwilling’,
- January, ABC Unleashed, ‘Questions of Peace in War’,
- October, Canberra Times, ‘Enough of all the way with USA’,
- September, PeaceWrites 2/2007, ‘Director’s Review’,
- September, PeaceWrites 2/2007, ‘Review of The Media and the Rwandan Genocide, edited by Allan Thompson’,
- August, Canberra Times, ‘West Papua – a missed opportunity for diplomacy’,
- August, Media Development, ‘Issues in the media coverage of terrorism’,
- July, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Hope rings out in voices of protest’, http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/hope-rings-out-in-voices-of-protest/2007/07/19/1184559954103.html
- April, PeaceWrites 1/2007, ‘Director’s message’,
- April Apna Watan Vani, (India) ‘Peace Journalism’.
- February, Canberra Times, ‘Defining independence is critical to new statehood’,
- January, Australian, ‘Tread warily with Manila’,