Speaker to Discuss Making Research Matter in Resolving Conflicts

Mari Fitzduff of Brandeis University will speak on “Making Research Matter” on Monday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in 423 Tobin Hall as part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Conflict and Violence.

Fitzduff is the funding director of the international masters program in coexistence and conflict at the Heller School at Brandeis.

In her talk, Fitzduff will explore how insights gained from research can prove helpful in the quest for more effective communication across group and party lines. She will start the discussion by recounting group cognitive and emotional differences encountered in her work in Northern Ireland and how these influenced conflict resolution practices and programs within the region.

Fitzduff previously she was chair of conflict studies at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, where she directed a United Nations international research center. She was the founding chief executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, which focused on developing and funding policy and practice programs on conflict resolution in Northern Ireland. She has worked extensively with international and national organizations on issues of conflict in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has published five books on issues of conflict and peacebuilding. Her latest book, “Public Policies in Shared Societies,” was published in September by Palgrave MacMillan.