Dr. Kevin Clements, Director

Dr. Kevin Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand National Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Prior to taking up this position, Dr. Clements was a professor of peace and conflict studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. For several years, he served as Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), President of the IPRA Foundation and Secretary General for IPRA's Asia-Pacific region (APPRA). He was also Secretary General of International Alert, London, Lynch Professor and Director of Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University, and Head of the Peace Research Center at Australian National University. Dr. Clements is an expert on academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. He has been a regular consultant to a variety of non-governmental, governmental and intergovernmental organizations on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, disarmament and arms control, and human security issues. Dr. Clements has received the New Zealand Peace Foundation's 2014 Peace Award.

Dr. Clements has published numerous publications on conflict transformation, peacebuilding preventative diplomacy, and sustainable development. His recent publications include "Principled nonviolence: An imperative, not an optional extra," Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, (3(1), 2015), "Tools from the past for a problematic present: How relevant is Burtonian theory and practice for 21st century conflict transformation?"(John Burton Lecture, Conflict Research Society Conference: Peace and Violence Explained? Assessing John Burton's Legacy, 2015), Risk and uncertainty: Understanding and dialogue in the 21st century, (Transaction Publishers, 2013).

Ph.D. in Sociology, Victoria University, New Zealand.

Dr. Sverre Lodgaard, Senior Research Fellow-Europe

Dr. Sverre Lodgaard has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) since 2007 where he had served as the director of its institution since 1997. Previously, he served as Director of European Security and Disarmament Studies at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Director of the International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva. Dr. Lodgaard is an expert on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, European security and the Middle East, and has been an advisor for numerus international institutions. Dr. Lodgaard was a member of the Pugwash Council, a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament, a member of the Norwegian Government's Advisory Council for Arms Control and Disarmament, and an advisor for Norwegian delegations to International Conferences on Arms Control and Disarmament. He also served on the editorial committee of Security Dialogue, and as editor for Journal of Peace Research.

Dr. Lodgaard's recent publications include the forthcoming book, Stable Nuclear Zero: The Vision and Its Implications for Disarmament Policy (Routledge, 2017), External Powers and the Arab Spring (Scandinavian Academic Press, 2016), Dialogue and Conflict Resolution: Potential and Limits (Routledge, 2015).

Magister Degree in Political Science, University of Oslo.

Dr. Lisa Schirch, Senior Research Fellow-North America

Dr. Lisa Schirch is Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, USA, and Senior Policy Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding where she promotes human security in civil-military-police training with global civil society networks and provides a conflict prevention and peacebuilding lens on current policy issues. Dr. Schirch is a member of several advisory and research review panels for Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland; the UN Development Program International Advisory Group on Infrastructures for Peace; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands' International Advisory Committee of Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS) and the Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law, and was also named by the US State Department as co-chair of the working group on engagement with religious actors by the Office on Religion and Global Affairs. Dr. Schirch has also worked as a consultant on conflict assessment and peacebuilding planning for the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, several branches of the US government, the US Foreign Service Institute and many other international organizations.

Dr. Schirch has published numerous books and articles on a range of themes including the design and structure of a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan, civil-military relations, and the role of the media in peacebuilding which include Handbook on Human Security: A Civil-Military-Police Curriculum, (Alliance for Peacebuilding, GPPAC, Kroc Institute, 2016), Local Ownership in Security; Case Studies of Peacebuilding Approaches , (Alliance for Peacebuilding, GPPAC, Kroc Institute, 2015), "Research Gaps on Civil-Military Policy Trends," Humanitarian Exchange (Issue 61, 2014).

Ph.D., M.S. Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.

Dr. Volker Boege, Senior Research Fellow
Climate Change and Conflict

Dr. Volker Boege is Toda Peace Institute's Senior Research Fellow for Climate Change and Conflict. Dr. Boege has worked extensively in the areas of peacebuilding and resilience in the Pacific region. He is also the Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute, Australia; Honorary Research Fellow, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland; Research Associate, Bonn International Centre for Conversion; Research Associate, Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg-Essen; Research Associate, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg. Dr. Boege's recent project "Disentangling International and Local Understandings in Peacebuilding: Insights from the 'Laboratory' of Bougainville'" has focused on themes including post-conflict peacebuilding, hybrid political orders and state formation, non-Western approaches to conflict transformation, environmental degradation and conflict with a regional focus on Oceania. In the past he has been, among other things, Research Fellow at the Unit for the Study of Wars, Armaments and Development of the University of Hamburg where he conducted research projects on environment and conflicts (in the framework of the international Environment and Conflicts Project (ENCOP)), conflicts in the South Pacific, and European security policies. He has also been a Research Officer with the parliamentary group of the Green Party in the German Parliament (Bundestag) in Bonn as a peace and security policy advisor.

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Senior Research Fellow-Asia

Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand is currently a professor of political science at Thammasat University, Bangkok, and Founder and Director of the Thai Peace Information Centre which conducts studies and activism in relation to the Thai military and social issues. He is also Chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence Commission in Thailand. Dr. Satha-Anand is an expert on nonviolence theory and activism, and on Islam. For several years, he directed the International Peace Research Association's (IPRA) commission on nonviolence and he serves on the Scientific Committee of the International University for Peoples' Initiative for Peace (IUPIP) in Rovereto, Italy. Dr. Satha-Anand was the 2012 winner of the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. In 2003, he was nominated to head efforts to reduce violence in southern Thailand as a member of the National Reconciliation Commission and was the key author of its final report to the Royal Thai Government.

Dr. Satha-Anand has published numerous articles and books at home and abroad on the military, alternative defense, religion and peace, Islam and nonviolence, and modern political philosophy. Some of his works have been translated into Bahasa Indonesia, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean. His latest publications include The Promise of Reconciliation? Examining Violent and Nonviolent Effects on Asian Conflicts, (Transaction Publishers, 2016), Nonkilling Security and the State (Center for Global Nonkilling, 2013), Protecting the Sacred, Creating Peace in Asia-Pacific, (Transaction Publishers, 2013).

Ph.D., in Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa.