Chris Preager
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Chris Preager's Discussions

Opportunities to improve donor - local peacebuilder partnership suggested

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Preager Feb 2, 2012. 1 Reply

Comments invited on the following research please.Donor support is often vital to local peacebuilders, and a growing body of literature is revealing specific ways in which the relationship could be…Continue

Research project "Making space for peace": Draft executive summary

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Preager Jan 18, 2012. 10 Replies

Dear all,Following is a draft summary of the research project for comment and feedback please.All the bestChris "Making space for peace"International community involvement in peacebuilding is often…Continue

Research project "Making space for peace": Requesting feedback on early findings

Started Sep 10, 2010 0 Replies

Dear all,Firstly I'd like to say a huge thank you to the many people who contributed to the research "Making Space for Peace" - the response was fantastic, and the generosity of contributors…Continue

Tags: space, peace, participative, advocacy, sustainability

Research project "Making space for peace": Requesting participation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Preager Sep 24, 2010. 17 Replies

Dear all, Update: Click here for the follow up to this research post. I am conducting…Continue

Tags: research, development, sustainability, open, university


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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
A decade of IT, travel and volunteering led me to a career change, a few years ago I began an MSc in Development Management, then studied psychotherapy, now finishing the MSc with research into people-centred peacebuilding and how it might be supported on a broader scale.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
UK, Bolivia
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
UK, Sub-Saharan Africa later this year
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
MSc full time, some voluntary roles.
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Dialogue, Facilitation, Human Rights, Media, Organizational Development, Psychosocial, Refugees
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Information Technology, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
"Making Space for Peace" - a research project looking at the way governance and power contexts affect the choice and efficacy of advocacy strategies for citizenship rights as part of peacebuilding. If you have experienced advocacy in peacebuilding, please contribute - the questionnaire is available on-line at and can be completed in 25 minutes.

My hypothesis is that people-centred advocacy is more legitimate and sustainable, but direct bilateral advocacy is more expedient (and lower risk in repressive contexts). By testing links between coercive power, public action, capacities, legitimacy and sustainability, I will analyse the contexts in which public involvement makes peacebuilding more sustainable, and aim to formulate guidelines relevant to supporting these approaches at broader scales.

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At 12:37pm on April 6, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Chris,

Very happy to go through your profile in peace network.

We can be good friend and partners on similar causes.

In Peace.
At 5:17am on January 16, 2011, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
"Vasudev kutumbkam" entire world is a family, this was a teaching of our Indian culture and tradition.
We created countries, boundaries,religions.But this is the time to realize that we are one, our source of life and breath is same , we naturally interconnected with each other.When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equally important, valuable and respectable.God has given us a human life to look after the wellbeing of all living life in this planet.
At 8:57am on December 12, 2010, Dr Elizabeth Mc Donnell said…

Hi Chris 

Look forward to seeing the final report - these things always involve more, and take longer, that one ever can plan for!

I working with some groups on peacebuilding at grassroots level in Croatia. I am interested in how the level, community, political, economic etc can be linked up in peacebuilding work as, in my view, all are interconnected and interdependent.  I suppose it's about where there is  most leverage in any one context.  This has taken me into looking at systems thinking and how it can inform approaches - will be meeting up with various people in the UK to explore.


I'd be interesting in knowing who you are working with in the Open University. I tutor for same and would like to link up workwise, if appropriate.



Herefordshire, UK 

At 9:53pm on September 8, 2010, Craig Zelizer said…
Thanks for your feedback. Would appreciate if you could let others know about the network
At 1:15am on September 8, 2010, Janet Lynn Murdock said…
dear chris, I worked on youth advocacy for peace in Guinea-Bissau for UNDP. I can talk to you about working with 10 youth groups who did different projects for peace in their country. You can find my phone number on my profile, if you want to give me a call.

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