Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network

Theme: Global challenges
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Truth and reconciliation processes are critical in addressing colonial legacies and realising the modern vision of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network brings together an interdisciplinary collective of academics, researchers and professional staff from more than 40 universities across the Commonwealth, who work in the fields of peace, truth, justice, and reconciliation.

The network aims to connect and support those interested in peace and reconciliation, facilitating collaboration and sharing approaches to truth-telling and reconciliation in society and within universities themselves.

Through the network's discussion group, academics can connect with colleagues working on similar topics and share events or relevant news and research.

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The network is convened by Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) of the University of Melbourne. Professor Wim de Villiers, Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University and member of the ACU's Council (governing body), chairs the network.

Working groups

Network members can join one of three peer-led working groups, which bring together academics with an interest on a specific theme and provide a forum for more in-depth discussion and collaboration.

Each working group is led by two members of the network:

Teaching and learning

  • Thumira Gunasena, Head of the Department of International Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Dr Olive Wahoush, Associate Professor & Associate Director Newcomer Health, Community and International Outreach, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Canada


  • Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño, Senior lecturer in International Relations, Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University, UK
  • Dr Joyce Muchemi, Director of the Institute of Security Studies, Justice & Ethics, Mount Kenya University

Institutional reform

  • Professor Sarah Maddison, Co-Director of the Indigenous-settler Relations Collaboration, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Chair, Decolonising SOAS Working Group, SOAS, University of London, UK

Challenge Grant: Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network

Open to professional and academic staff at ACU member universities, the Challenge Grants support collaborative work focused on the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network’s priority themes. Applications open in December 2020.

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New members of the network are always welcome. Membership is open to any academic, researcher, or professional staff member from an ACU member university with an interest in peace and reconciliation.

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More information

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Theme: Global challenges