Your Career as a Peace Practitioner

Postgraduate Education at the Centre for Peace and Conflict studies provides a sound capacity for scholarly analytical research supported by practical skills that may be applied successfully to a wide range of situations and challenges.

Graduates of Peace and Conflict Studies work for the United Nations, international non-govenmental organisations, local community organisations, universities and government departments, and as peace-builders, community workers, diplomats, academics, conflict resolution practitioners and researchers.

Following are some examples of the career developments being pursued by CPACS graduates.

Faye Scarlet, MPACS 2008

Indonesian student, Faye, went straight from her CPACS Masters course to be Senior Mental Health Officer for Médecins sans Frontières in Zimbabwe.

Aletia Dundas, MA (PACS) 2006

After completing her Maters degree, Aletia was appointed Programme Assistant, Disarmament and Peace in the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Her main areas of research were restorative justice mechanisms for child soldiers in post conflict countries and the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission's strategy for Burundi and Sierra Leone. In 2007, she participated in peacebuilding, trauma healing and alternatives to violence workshops in western Kenya with the Friends Peace Centre in Lubao.

Aletia Dundas with peacebuilding workshop participants in western Kenya

Aletia Dundas with peacebuilding workshop participants in Kenya

Xavier Hennekinne, MA (PACS) 2006

Xavier Hennekinne in Vietnam

Xavier Hennekinne in Vietnam

Whilst pursuing his degree with CPACS, Xavier started work in human resource management with Austcare in Sydney. After completing his degree, he moved to Manila to take up a new position with Community and Family Services International, an international humanitarian organisation based in the Philippines. He is now heading the global human resources operations of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Miyo Sakuma, MA (PACS) 2004-5

Miyo is a full-time lecturer in sociology at Chiba Keizai College in her home country, Japan.

Sarah Elliott, MA (PACS) 2004

Sarah has worked as a United Nations Protection Officer in Southern Sudan and East Timor since completing her degree. At the beginning of 2007, she took up a new position as Protection and UN Liason Officer with Austcare, based in Sydney.

Andy Mason, MA (PACS) 2004

Andy returned to the UK after completing his Masters degree with CPACS and then took up a job with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sri Lanka. In 2008, he returned to England

Erin Robertson, MA (PACS) 2004

Erin spent the year following completion of her MA (PACS) degree working in political, press and public affairs with the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles. In August 2005 she was asked to help organise a visit programme for Sally Waples from the British Embassy in Washington, DC, whom she was surprised to discover was also a CPACS graduate!

Sally Waples, MA (PACS) 2002

Sally was seconded to the Embassy in Washington DC from the British Home Office to research good practice in policing. Sally joined the Home Office Strategic Policy Team in March 2004 after completing a consultancy project for the University of Kent evaluating policy on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Dagny Margrete Fosen, MA (PACS) 2002-3

Dagny has worked with UNHCR in Canberra and on an emergency mission for UNHCR in Mansehra, Pakistan after the earthquake in 2005. Since 2006 she has worked for UNICEF in Zambia, Geneva, and Nepal in the areas of education and child rights advocacy. She is currently at the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia in Kathmandu.

Mireille Widmer, MA (PACS) 2002

After completing her MA (PACS) degree, Mireille obtained a position with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2006, Mireille was Acting Project Manager, Human Security and Small Arms and was co-author of two papers published by the CHD entitled “Transitioning to Peace: Guns in Civilian Hands” and “Civilians, Guns and Peace-Building: Approaches, Norms and Possibilities”.