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Alpaslan Özerdem

Dean
Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

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  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5106
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Biography

Alpaslan Özerdem is the Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution and professor of peace and conflict studies. Prior to his appointment as Dean in August 2019, Dr Özerdem was Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Coventry University in the UK.

Dr Özerdem specializes in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. With over 20 year field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey, Dr Özerdem has undertaken numerous research projects that were funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) (faith-based conflict prevention); British Academy (youth and peacebuilding); US Institute of Peace (reintegration of ex-combatants); and various European Union funding schemes (conflict transformation and leadership).

Dr Özerdem has published extensively (14 books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and op-eds) and amongst other, is author of Post-war Recovery: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (2008); co-author of Managing Emergencies and Crises (2011); co-editor of Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration (2011); co-author of Peace in Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation (2013); co-editor of Human Security in Turkey(2013); co-author of Youth in Conflict and Peacebuilding: Mobilization, Reintegration and Reconciliation (2015); co-editor of Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding (2015); co-author of Peacebuilding: An Introduction (2015); co-editor of Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation (2016); co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics (2019), and co-editor of Comparing Peace Processes (2019).

Dr Özerdem has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. He also runs tailor-made and in-country professional training programs for a wide range of audiences from humanitarian aid practitioners to civil servants and policy makers. Dr Özerdem is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for events organized by the private sector, higher education institutions, international organizations and governmental authorities. He is a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation Scientific Committee, and received his Professor Extraordinary in Politics title by Stellenbosch University in 2017 and visiting professorship to the Jiangsu University and Coventry University in 2019.

Degrees

PhD, Post-war Recovery Studies, University of York (1999)

MSc, Built Environment, South Bank University, London (1994)

BSc, Civil Engineering (First Class Honours), Istanbul Technical University (1990)

Media Appearance

The Independent Trump leaves his Kurdish allies utterly betrayed by a shady deal with a desperate Erdogan

October 7, 2019

The Conversation Syria: who’s involved, and what do they want?

April 13, 2018

In the News

Özerdem quoted in Horizon Magazine article, "Peacebuilding in conflict zones demands people-centric approach"

Published on March 19, 2018

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