Dr. Kevin Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the National Centre 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 Centre 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 based in London, Lynch Professor and Director of Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University, and Head of the Peace Research Centre 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 organisations 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 extensively on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, preventative diplomacy, and sustainable development. His recent publications include “Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia: Dealing with Painful History to Create a Peaceful Present"(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), “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.