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Professor Stefanie Kappler

Professor in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

PhD International Relations (University of St Andrews)

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Professor in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in the School of Government and International AffairsIM208, Al-Qasimi Building+44 (0) 191 33 45667


Stefanie Kappler joined Durham University in 2015. She holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews. Stefanie previously acted as Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies (Liverpool Hope University). She is particularly interested in the contested and transformative nature of local imaginations of peace and has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Cyprus, Brussels, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Basque Country.

Her research interests include critical approaches to peacebuilding, specifially with respect to the Balkans, South Africa and Cyprus as well as the role of memory and art in peacebuilding. 

Her research is driven by an interest in what constitutes agency and how we can come to an understanding of peacebuilding agents that avoids their (colonial) essentialisation and takes account of their multidimensional character. To engage with this question, Stefanie has investigated the role that artists can play in peacebuilding processes to break through established categories and provide narratives that challenge dominant discourses.

Stefanie is working on externally-funded projects to investigate the connection between memory politics, cultural heritage and peacebuilding (see, the role of the arts in peace formation processes ( and decolonising peace education ( 

Research interests

  • Peacebuilding
  • the European Union and Peacebuilding
  • Spaces and places of peace and conflict
  • Research Methods in Peace Studies
  • Peace and the Arts
  • Memory and Conflict
  • Narrative Approaches
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • South Africa
  • Cyprus
  • Northern Ireland

Research groups

  • Contextualising Conflict

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Conflict and resolution:
  • Europe: Politics, institutions & law:
  • Identity, ethnicity and culture:
  • International politics:


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Chabot, Joceline, Godin, Richard, Kappler, Stefanie & Kasparian, Sylvia (2015). Mass media and the Genocide of the Armenians: One Hundred Years of Uncertain Representation. Palgrave.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Kappler, Stefanie & Monroy-Santander, Louis (2018). Colombia's troubled peace process and the lessons of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Conversation

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Kappler, Stefanie & Mannergren Selimovic, Johanna (2021). Working with the cultural heritage of conflict for peacebuilding: Lessons learned from the Western Balkans.

Supervision students