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The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey were pleased to present the Global Peace Workshop 2018. This event, the sixth in its series, was built on the success of past workshops to offer training on relevant topics that strengthen youth’s engagement in peacebuilding.

The sixth annual Global Peace Workshop 2018 explored the role of peacebuilding, peace communication and solidarity initiatives through three parallel workshop groups, each examining the theme in different dimensions. They are:

  1. Understanding conflict intervention: actors, approaches and outcomes
  2. International migration, Forced displacement
  3. Transformative mediation for social cohesion

Please scroll down to find out more about the content of the workshop sub groups and our amazing team of facilitators!


Peacebuilding ‘after’ conflict – an introduction to reconstruction

This workshop enabled participants to understand the foundations of reconstruction following civil conflict, for those who are completely new to the field. It focused on social and political reconstruction, and peacebuilding, rather than physical rebuilding. At its best, reconstruction reduces the likelihood of further conflict and addresses inequalities and grievances, and we explored why this was difficult to achieve. We examined the different stakeholders in reconstruction, with a focus on affected communities and their agency. The training included sessions on understanding the dynamics and legacies of conflict, principles of engagement, working across different agendas, priorities and needs in reconstruction, and how to link these with peacebuilding activities. It was a fast-paced, scenario-based workshop that employed real world case studies to provide insights into the world of peacebuilding, conflicted environments and security.

International migration, Forced displacement

There are currently over 65 million forcibly displaced people for reasons including persecution, conflict, natural disasters and under-development. During their journeys and in new host countries they may encounter further challenges such as unsafe living and travel conditions, limited socio-economic rights and uncertainty about the future.

The module began with a legal and political overview of forced displacement critically outlining different ways of categorising and conceptualising forced displacement with a focus on the international refugee regime. Topics covered included causes of forced displacement, migration journeys, ethics of border control, debates around integration. The module took a broad geographical and historical approach drawing on examples of contemporary displacement such as that from Syria and South Sudan, of protracted displacement such as Somali and Afghan refugees and on historically significant examples such as the Indochina refugee crisis.

The module relied principally on interactive workshop methodologies and group work. The aim of the module was to provide participants with an overview of the political, legal and socio-cultural aspects of forced migration inviting critically engagement with key debates and reflections on future challenges relating to forced displacement.

Transformative mediation for social cohesion

In the mediation area students had the ability to focus on how peacebuilding could be supported through transformative mediation. The group looked at the effects transformative mediation can have on incoming and host communities to help build peaceful and supportive coexistence.

GPW2018 Facilitators

Peacebuilding ‘after’ conflict – an introduction to reconstruction

Laura Payne is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. Her expertise is in working with people 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. Laura’s field experience includes research in Nigeria, Tanzania, Solomon Islands, Kosovo, South East Turkey, Israel/Palestine and Iraqi Kurdistan. She has recently completed research projects funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, Making All Voices Count and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and the International Organization for Migration. Laura’s recently published report on Faith-Based Interventions in Peace, Conflict and Violence was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. She has written on peace and conflict issues for the New Statesmen and Open Democracy and regularly provides commentary for CNN, the BBC and others. Laura is the co-director of the Erasmus+ BUILDPEACE project, a €240,000 project bringing together partners in 5 countries to look at the state-of-the-art in peacebuilding teaching and training.

Chas Morrison (TBC) is Research Fellow in Reconstruction at CTPSR. Before joining Coventry University, he worked with humanitarian NGOs implementing post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction programmes, mostly in East Africa and South Asia. The work focussed on community infrastructure (schools, roads, clinics, housing, markets, sanitation) using labour intensive methods linked to Cash-for-Work and agricultural rehabilitation. Chas has developed multiple partnerships with government authorities and civil society organisations, and undertaken projects and consultancy for donors (UN agencies, DFID, ECHO, USAID, IIED and many others). He has particular experience of the challenges of community participation and security in hazardous environments, and the importance of conflict-sensitive programming. Recent research has focussed on community-led earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, civilian protection in urban siege in Syria and faith groups in transforming conflict dynamics in Africa.

International migration, Forced displacement

Dr Toygar Halistoprak received his M.A. and PhD degrees from Bilkent University in January 2016. His doctoral dissertation focuses on peacebuilding intervention practices in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He examined how ECOWAS and several regional NGOs such as WANEP contributed to the peace process and local ownership in these interventions. His current research focuses on knowledge production processes and theory-practice relationship in the Peace Studies. Apart from his research on peace and security, he also conducts research in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis. Toygar is currently teaching as an assistant professor in Antalya International University, the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

Dr Esra Kaytaz (TBC) joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as a Research Associate in the research group Migration, Development and Belonging in May 2016. Esra holds a BA (Hons.) in Archaeology and Anthropology (2003), MPhil in Development Studies (2006) and DPhil in Anthropology (2015) from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis ‘The Resigned, the Restless and the Resilient: Risk perceptions among Afghan migrants in Turkey’ used socio-cultural theories of risk to examine the within-group variation in decision-making processes of Afghans in Turkey. Esra was a research officer at the Global Migration Governance Program at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford. In addition, Esra has worked as a researcher on projects migration for UNHCR, World Bank, University of Oxford and Open Society Foundation. Her research in Turkey, Southern and East Africa, Switzerland and Canada covers topics such as immigration detention and alternatives to it, migrant decision-making, irregular migration, journeys and migration governance.

Transformative mediation for social cohesion

Elif Kalan is one of the co-founders of İhtiyaç Haritası ( (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.

Tunç 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.