IPRA 2016



26th IPRA International General Conference on




November 27th -1st December, 2016   


Conference Theme:  AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:  Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate


Profile of the Reflective Practitioner Working Group

The overarching goal of the Reflective Practitioner Working Group is to effectively link peace research and peace theory to diverse reflective practices in peacebuilding. In this working group, reflective practice is defined as all forms of theory-guided practice for peacebuilding that actively reaches out to people outside academic communities. Importantly, reflective practice tackles social problems through direct human interaction with stakeholders involved in the problems. Examples of reflective practice include, but are not limited to, mediation, dialogue facilitation, training, teaching, coaching, advising, consulting, advocacy, public mobilization, policymaking, diplomacy, peacekeeping, socially engaged religious practices, the use of artistic expressions, sports, and other experiential means of human interaction, peace journalism and media, and various other means of communication.

The Reflective Practitioner Working Group was established with a view toward overcoming the serious gap between the growing scholarship in peace research, on the one hand, and the sustained challenges that many peace researchers face in their attempt to become more impactful, mainstreamed catalysts of constructive social change, on the other. The working group understands that concerted efforts to overcome this significant gap between scholarship and practice can make the products of rigorous peace research more socially and politically relevant and prevent them from being sidelined and relegated to marginal status. It suggests that the future viability of IPRA, and other academic associations like IPRA, will depend critically on how effectively their participants, as skillful scholar-practitioners, can engage a broad range of influential non-academic audiences who neither read scholarly publications nor attend academic conferences to learn about the theories and methods of peacebuilding.

Given this background, the Reflective Practitioner Working Group provides opportunities for interactive dialogue and mutual learning between practice-oriented scholars and research-oriented practitioners in order to create a vibrant community of scholar-practitioners. While the Working Group welcomes papers and panel discussions that advance rigorous scholarship on effective scholar-practitioner models, it also seeks to host participatory roundtable discussions on impactful practice, professional skill-building that meets the practical needs of peace researchers, and brief Interactive Conflict Resolution (ICR) workshops that enable participants to actually experience how to tackle a selected timely issue and/or a social conflict of mutual interest.

Convener: Tatsushi Arai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), PhD, Associate Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute & Fellow, Center for Peacemaking Practice, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, USA. (Affiliations current as of January 2016)

Call for Thematic Questions and Suggestions: The Reflective Practitioner Working Group, 2016

In the 2016 IPRA conference, the Reflective Working Group will hold its inaugural meeting. The Working Group, however, will not call for paper proposals at this time. Instead it will convene a roundtable discussion open to all participants interested in joining or learning about this Working Group. Interested participants are strongly encouraged to send the convener (Tatsushi Arai, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) their questions on their experiences and challenges of being effective scholar-practitioners, their suggestions about how they would like to organize this Working Group’s future activities, and anything else that they think is important for the group’s vision and cause. While questions and suggestions submitted by March 3, 2016 will be given priority, inputs sent to the convener beyond the target date will also be considered as much as possible. The convener will put together the final outline of the proposed roundtable discussion based on the participants’ questions and suggestions. Please pay attention to the 2016 IPRA conference schedule when it becomes available and plan on attending this important inaugural session.

For more information about IPRA, the 2016 conference, or to submit an application form, abstract or proposal, go to www.ipra2016.org or http://iprapeace.org/




  • Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
  • Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL 



  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
  • Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK