About GPW2016

Youth promoting peace by addressing vulnerabilities and building resilience
18 – 22 July 2016

The Fourth Annual Global Peace Workshop 2016 focuses on understanding the vulnerabilities and resilience of people living through conflict. Our goals are to examine how people experience exclusion, discrimination and marginalisation  including threats to their physical, economic and social security  to understand how resilience helps them cope as best they can. We often assume that the impact of violence is indiscriminate, yet it actually affects people differently according to their levels of vulnerability and resilience. Understanding this is critical to responding to conflict in ways that support people’s efforts and does not erode their resilience.

In partnership with Mugla Sitki Kocman University and Coventry University Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, GPW2016 is the 4th in its series. In these workshops academics and practitioners will guide participants through the key issues that emerge from each theme in fast-paced, interactive sessions that are fun and engaging. Each year the workshop grows in experience and gains more international media attention. In 2016 we’re expecting up to 120 participants to join the programme, together with our team of inspirational keynote speakers, workshop leaders and volunteers.

Listed below is the main theme of GPW2016 divided into five parallel workshop groups examining the theme in different dimensions. They are:

  • Peacebuilding 101: an introduction to the field
  • Power, exclusion and vulnerability in conflict and post conflict
  • People on the move: examining the human security challenges of migration
  • Children in war: reclaiming lost generations

GPW2016 participants will also have the opportunity to attend our popular Master Classes, brushing up on concrete skills in areas as wide ranging as first aid, humanitarian response, facilitation of dialogue, and campaigning. A certificate will be provided by Coventry University at the end of the workshops. We also have things covered on the social side. Our ‘cultural night’ celebrates the richness of our human family and we offer daily short trips and events to help you to make the most of your visit to a beautiful region of Turkey.

The workshop will run from 18th – 22nd July 2016. A participation fee of 120 Euros will cover the costs of  meals and shared accommodation. There are limited travel bursaries. Please complete your application form and send the accompanying documents to the organizing committee of the workshop at gpw@coventry.ac.uk by 16th June 2016. The deadline for applications from Turkey is 1st of July 2016.

If you are engaged with issues of peace, conflict and social justice, or if have a strong background in social and political activism (for example through volunteering or being a member of a movement), and particularly if you have experience working in a conflict-affected society,. or working with youth, then this workshop is for you.


Global Peace Workshop 2016 Programme
Day One18 July 2016 Day Two

19 July 2016

Day Three

20 July 2016

Day Four

21 July 2016

Day Five

22 July 2016

Day Six


8:30 – 9.30 Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30
8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast Day out
10:30-11:00Welcome & Introduction byAssoc. ProfessorFüsun Özerdem

Professor Alpaslan Özerdem

Professor Rector Mansur Harmandar

9:30 -10:00Wake up with us 9:30 -10:00Wake up with us 9:30 -10:00Wake up with us 9:30 -10:00Wake up with us 08:30 –Akyaka Boat Tour (TBD )
11:00- 11:45Keynote byProfessor Alpaslan Özerdem 10:00 -12:00Session One All Workshop


10:00 -12:00Session One All Workshop



10:00 -12:00Session One  All Workshop


10:00 -12:00Session One  Getting ready for presentations
12:15-12:45‘Resolution 2250, Youth & Peacebuilding’UNOY UN Representative Mr Diego Antonino Cimino
12:45-13:15‘The journey to disillusionment: the refugee crisis through the eyes of a volunteer, Fall 2015’  Ms Suzanne van der Veldt 12:00-14:00Lunch 12:00-14:00Lunch 12:00-14:00Lunch 12:00-14:00Lunch
12:00-13:00Group 1 with Ziggy 13:00-14:00

Group 2 with Ziggy

12:00-13:00Group 3 with Ziggy 13:00-14:00

Group 4 with Ziggy

13:00-14:00Surgery with Ziggy
14:15-15:30Pioneer Women of Aegean‘ Documentary & reflections’ from Ms Ayce Bükülmeyen Dikmen and Dr Lale Aytaman 14:00- 16:00Session Two  


All Workshop


14:00- 16:00Session Two  


All Workshop


14:00- 16:00Session Two  


Getting ready for presentations

14:00- 16:00Session Two  



16:00-16:30‘Narrative as an Empowering Agent’ Ziggy’s WishMs Ravi Thornton 17:00- 23:00Free Time 16:30-17:30Master Classes Chas: First AidAyce: Women & Media

UNOY: Youth & UN

16:30Trip to Iztuzu Beach & Dalyan 19:30Farewell Dinner
16:30-17:30Workshop Group Presentations by Workshop Leaders
17:30-17:45Wrap-up 19:00-21:30Culture Night Dinner

The 4th Global Peace Workshop 2016  Facilitators


 elif kalan

Elif Kalan is one of the co-founders of İhtiyaç Haritası (www.ihtiyacharitasi.org) (NeighborgoodMap) project, is an innovative, collective, map-based online support website for creating social good. Moreover, she is also co-owner of Conflictus Consultancy on Conflict Resolution based in Istanbul. Previously, Elif Kalan worked as a consultant to UNICEF focusing mobilizing youth for child friendly cities (CFCs) and IYLA. She provided support to the implementation of the CFCs at the local level and coordinates local and international training and youth related activities under the IYLA. At Habitat (2010-13) she coordinated two projects: Empowerment of Youth for E-Transformation of Turkey and IYLA. She also coordinated international partnerships such as Grundtvig program of the EU, Post-2015 process.  Her areas of interest are youth empowerment and particpation, capacity building on peace education, conflict resolution, fight with discrimination and hate speech, youth and child rights, as well as monitoring, evaluation and research on these topics. She actively took part in writing peace education manual within a Grundtvig project where 7 EU countries involved. She also contributed to the development of training manuals on above mentioned topics which have been used and implemented by young people from Turkey as well as from South East Europe, MENA, Central Asia and Caucasus in local training and activities.  She began working at Habitat as a volunteer in 2005. She supported the establishment of youth councils within the Local-Agenda 21 Programme, participated in national and international trainings and events, took part in national campaigns fostering young candidates. As a legislative fellow supported by the US State Department, she visited University of Illionis at Chicago (UIC) where she worked at Institute of Public and Civic Engagement and Great Cities Institute in October 2013. Jury Member of European Youth Award in 2013.

tunckaracayTunç Karaçay is a visiting lecturer for the Conflict Resolution Practice Course of Sabancı University’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution Master’s program. Tunç is the co-founder of ‘Conflictus’ which aims to provide individual and institutional support on conflict resolution. As a freelance trainer he has taught negotiation and mediation skills and techniques in various platforms including Galatasaray University and Istanbul Bilgi University. Tunç has extensively worked with NGOs such as Habitat Centre for Development and Governance where he developed trainings’ curriculum with professional experts and academics providing the coordination of participation of local youth councils, disadvantageous young people, marginalized young people and young women to peace projects. He innovatively uses visual techniques and theatre plays in his training sessions.


Laura_PayneLaura Payne is a Research Associate at Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She has particular expertise in working with people from non-academic and non-expert backgrounds who are based on the front lines of conflict in their communities, including local civil society groups in Africa and Asia. Her research focuses on the militarisation of youth and their involvement in peacebuilding, and the contributions that faith groups can make in efforts to prevent violent conflict. Her fieldwork includes applied research in Turkey, Israel and Palestine, and Iraqi Kurdistan. She also teaches peacebuilding for the Summer School at Kadir HAS University in Turkey



toygar 2Toygar Halistoprak took his M.A. and Ph.d. degrees from Bilkent University, Department of International Relations. His master’s thesis focuses on the civil-military relations in Turkey and its impact on the Turkey-EU relations with a theoretical emphasis. He worked on the peacebuilding practices in Liberia and Sierra Leone in his Ph.d. dissertation and examined how different actors varying from international organizations to NGOs and local authorities contribute or jeopardize the consolidation of peace in West Africa. His research interests include subjects such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Peace/Security Studies, the nexus between development and peace, Turkish foreign policy. Apart from his academic interests, he is also interested in cooking and playing several musical instruments.



chasChas Morrison has 12 years practical and academic experience in international post-conflict reconstruction and disaster response, primarily in East Africa and South Asia. He has undertaken projects and consultancy for donors such as various UN agencies, DFID, AECID, ECHO, and USAID, and developed partnerships with government authorities and civil society organisations. He has particular experience of the challenges of community participation and security in hazardous environments. Recent field research has been on faith groups in transforming conflict dynamics within communities in Sri Lanka, South Africa and Tanzania. His research interests include civil society in conflict transformation, post-conflict recovery and religious groups’ involvement in peacebuilding. Chas currently manages a 48 month EC Marie Curie IRSES project, “Inter-Continental Exchange of Leadership in Conflict Transformation”, with universities in South Africa and Turkey. He teaches post-graduate project management, and conflict sensitivity using a board game he co-developed named “Utopia”.


TPTatjana Popovic is the Peace Education Programme Coordinator at Nansen Dialogue Network in Belgrade and South Serbia. Tatjana facilitated, over the last 12 years, a number of multi-ethnic trainings in the Western Balkans and coordinated the long-term dialogue process in the South Serbia, thus contributing to reconciliation in the region. Focus of her trainings is on Dialogue, Conflict Analysis Tools, Negotiation and Mediation. She holds an MA in Peace Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Work with international groups at Responding to Conflict UK, at the Centre for Conflict Managemen, Kazakhstan and at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway enriched her experience. She is a Co-editor and author of three practice books, the latest is Education for Peace, Experiences from practice,  NDC Serbia, 2013.


ivanaIvana Gajovic has got fifteen years experience of working in civil society sector in Montenegro and in the region of Western Balkans on programmes related to democratisation, conflict prevention in inter-ethnic communities and peacebuilding.She is a trainer within the conflict transformation field and an excellent strategic planner of local development strategies.She developed lobbying and advocacy skills during her work on cross-sectoral cooperation in the region as well as through active involvement in GPPAC network (www.gppac.net ) through collaboration with partners from different parts from the world. For several years she has been Regional representative for the Western Balkans and the Chair of Peace Education work group.


 zeynepAssistant Prof. Zeynep Sahin Mencutek is educated at the Bogazici University, Social History (MA) and the University of Southern California, Politics and International Relations. She has served as a seasoned teacher with over ten years of teaching experience in Turkey and the United States in the International Relation Departments. She is one of the founders of Migration Research Group in Gediz University and the current director of Migration Research Center. She is the scholar of comparative migration, refugee policies, and gender policies in Middle East; currently studying on a book project, Refugee Governance, State and Politics in the Middle East which examines responses of states (Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon) and regional organizations (the European Union, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to Syrian refugees and domestic and international implications of these responses. She is recently awarded a Research Fellow Position at the Kate Hamburger Kolleg/Center for Global Cooperation Research (University of Duisburg-Essen) for the 2016-2017 period to study on the book project. She has extensively  published articles at highly impact journals, chapters in edited book and reports at the several Research Centers.


gokcen01Gökçen Yilmaz Tokgöedz studied Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. After completing undergraduate studies, she completed her M.A. at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in 2012. During undergraduate and graduate studies, she focused on migration, human rights, international law and conflict studies. She wrote her M.A. thesis with Prof. Dr. Kemal Kirişci on evaluation of the new Turkish asylum system in relation with European Court of Human Rights cases of refugees. Since 2012, she works at Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) Ankara HQ. ASAM is the biggest national NGO operating in the field of asylum with more than 50 offices in 40 cities in Turkey. Gökçen is Deputy General Coordinator and responsible for monitoring projects, supervising protection unit and representing the Association in different platforms.



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Neslihan Ozfaris is a research assistant at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR). Upon completion of her BA in Sociology from Coventry University, she continued her studies and obtained an MA in Peace and Reconciliation at CTPSR funded by the Ferguson Trust Scholarship in 2015. Neslihan is a passionate advocate of equality and empowerment and is working to bring communities together with a focus on the challenges faced by young people and women of diverse ethnic groups. Her research interests focus on the role of women and youth in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Neslihan has coordinated and facilitated a variety of international programmes, conferences, and workshops including an advanced international academic development programme Commonwealth Fellowship Project 2014 and 2015, Global Peace Workshop 2014 and 2015, Rising Global Peace Forum 2015. She is currently organizing the 4th Global Peace Workshop 2016 and the 6th Istanbul Human Security Conference 2016.