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Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network

Theme: Global challenges

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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Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network Challenge Grants

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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Benefits

Our networks are spaces where knowledge, capacity and resources can be shared. Crucially, they are practical, with activities that have a direct impact on university practice and the wider world. Benefits include:

  1. Collaboration with network members, resulting in outputs that can be shared with the wider network and beyond. These collaborations may be supported by ACU grants
  2. Brokerage activities to create introductions between members, potentially resulting in new research connections, international guest lecturers, co-supervisors, virtual-mobility relationships, COIL relationships, or mentoring matches
  3. Attending or presenting at ACU events. Networks host at least three webinars per year and one major event every 18 months
  4. Advocacy to raise the profile of strategic or campaign issues. Through the accredited status that the ACU holds at the Commonwealth and United Nations, the networks can help amplify impact on high-level policy platforms.

Join the network

There are two main ways to be part of the network:

Network member

Networks are open to all staff members and students at ACU member universities - with over 500 member universities in 50 countries, that’s a potential group of 10 million students and more than 1 million academic and professional staff.

Whether you are a student, vice-chancellor, academic or professional at an ACU member university, by joining a network you will instantly become part of a global collaboration with a diverse set of potential partners. You can join as many ACU networks and communities as you like, at any time. 

Steering committee

The steering committee sets the vision, strategic direction and delivery plans for the network. Some committee members also lead a thematic group that focuses on a mission-oriented or subject based theme for the network. 

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Governance

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

Research

  • 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

More information

To find out more, email reconciliation@acu.ac.uk

How previous grants have been used 

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Theme: Global challenges