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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Country: Australia
  • City: Melbourne
  • Type of organization: Institute
  • Date of creation: 2007
  • Interests: Peace-building – Mediation - Negotiation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Research, Consultancy, Education and Community Development

[edit] Description

[edit] Overview of The Institute for Social Science Research

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) was established in 2007 to enhance social science research at The University of Queensland and to contribute nationally to the development of social science in Australia.

Through the ISSR, The University of Queensland aims to establish itself as the major centre of excellence in social science research in Australia, and as a world leader in this area.

The Institute for Social Science’s key activities are:

  • Pure and applied research;
  • Postgraduate and postdoctoral research training;
  • Policy analysis and evaluation;
  • Involvement in national social science initiatives;
  • Commercial services including research, professional development and training.

ISSR examines national and regional priority issues, and focuses on evidence-based approaches. ISSR addresses significant questions relating to the wellbeing, security and the resilience of communities with interdisciplinary and robust social scientific methods.

ISSR is organized into seven Research Programs and three central Service Divisions. ISSR has approximately 100 staff and an annual budget of around $11 million. Its researchers collaborate extensively with researchers across University of Queensland, Australia and overseas. ISSR also works in close co-operation with government agencies, corporations and community organisations.

The research of the Institute of Social Science Research (ISSR) is organized into seven Research Programs. One of them is the “Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies”:

[edit] ACPACS’s Objectives

  • To be at the forefront of excellence in basic and applied research, consultancy and training, in the areas of conflict, conflict transformation and peace-building;
  • Through its engagement with the research/practice nexus, to contribute to a better understanding of issues of conflict and peace, and also actively to support conflict prevention and resolution;
  • To work with cross-disciplinary, culturally sensitive, dialogical approaches;
  • To provide policy-relevant, innovative research results and advice that is of practical relevance for the sustainable and peaceful development of communities and people in the Pacific, South-east Asia and Australia.

[edit] ACPACS’s Services and Activities

ACPACS conducts a range of activities and services, including:

  • To provide advanced-level short courses and training for government and NGOs engaged in peace-keeping, peace-building, development activities, humanitarian intervention, and work in conflict contexts;
  • To provide expert advice on issues concerned with conflict and its resolution, particularly regarding the role of the judicial and governance sectors in achieving structural stability and peace;
  • To increase understanding and knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes by conducting comparative research and providing training in negotiation, mediation, cross-cultural conflict resolution and facilitation.

[edit] Contact

Level 11/14 Queens Rd Melbourne VIC Australia Melbourne, 3004

Phone: +61 3 9863 2600

Fax: +61 3 9863 2699


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