About the Global Peace Workshops

Each year the Global Peace Workshop brings together practitioners, activists, academics and students from around the world. It provides high quality academic insight and practical training to develop the knowledge and skills of emerging peacebuilders, and creates a platform for social, cultural and intellectual exchange.

Organised by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the UK and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University in Turkey, the workshop has built an extensive network of more than 300 active, talented and connected peacebuilders from 126 countries.

As organisers, we passionately believe that the knowledge, skills and tools to build peace should be available to everyone, regardless of wealth, race, gender, religion or world view. We work hard to keep costs down, working with volunteers and sponsoring organisations. We offer the most accessible and affordable global peacebuilding programme on the market – and we think it’s also the most engaging!


Organising Committee

Prof. Alpaslan Özerdem


I am Professor of Peacebuilding and Co-Director of Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. I have nearly 20 years field research experience in the politics of humanitarian interventions, conflict prevention, disaster response, security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building. My expertise spans some of the most unstable regions across the globe including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey.

Assoc. Prof. Füsun Özerdem


I am Associate Professor of International Relations and European Union, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of International Relations Office at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. I have broad experience in the areas of EU, relations between the EU and Turkey, Cross-Border Cooperation, International Relations Theories, Europeanisation and Internationalisation.

Laura Payne


I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. I work with people living through conflict to address real world research gaps and to bring a wider range of perspectives to issues of peace, conflict and security. In recent years this work has taken me to Kosovo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Solomon Islands, South Africa working on issues as diverse as religious hatred, refugee return and the role of techonology in preventing conflict.

Neslihan Ozfaris


I am a Research Assistant at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. I believe people from diverse backgrounds can work together to achieve common goals and create mutual respect to pursue positive social change. My passion for social justice and activism has led me to study peace and conflict transformation at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR). Both my study and work experience at CTPSR have given me the opportunity to explore both the theory and practice of peace studies and have been a great inspiration. My research explores youth engagement in peace education, integrated peacebuilding programmes and civil society, and Muslim women and their role in interfaith and intercultural dialogue.