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Events with Peace Studies at Leeds Beckett

EventsMonday 21st September 3.30-5pm – Friends Meeting House, London

Presentation of Nonviolent Peacekeeping research carried out at Leeds Beckett University by Dr Rachel Julian

You can book here

16-20th November – Leeds

Politics and Applied Global Ethics Festival – including speakers and workshops on Global inequalities, Development, Corruption and Violence.

Friday 20th November – Leeds 

All day workshop on Nonviolence and Nonviolent Strategy a Leeds Beckett University.

Wednesday-Thursday 27-28th January 2016 – Leeds Beckett University

Preparatory Conference on Militarisation and the Transformation from a War Economy to a Peace Economy. Feeding to the World Congress in Berlin in September 2016.

Call for papers is here.

September 20th- October 2nd 2016 – Berlin

World Congress on the Transformation of the War Economy: Disarmament for Development by the International Peace Bureau

More details here

October 14-15th 2016 – Leeds 

The Annual Peace History Conference

There is an annual seminar series open to the public

For information, to attend or volunteer for all these events please contact Rachel Julian email


Leeds Beckett University run a series of options for people wishing to study peace and social change.

We are available to offer specifically designed short courses on areas related to peace, nonviolence, disarmament, resistance, conflict resolution and peace building.

We offer both theory and practical aspects in our courses, and all our degrees or short courses encourage and enable a critical perspective on current mainstream approaches and options for achieving social change.

 Undergraduate Degree: BA (Hons) International Relations and Peace Studies

Postgraduate: MA Peace and Development

 MPhil or MRes (research based)

PhD supervision in all areas of the expertise above

Short courses: Nonviolence and Nonviolent strategy

Conflict Resolution

Developing and Managing Projects

Civilian Protection

More information is available from Leeds Beckett University or Rachel Julian.

Peace Studies at Leeds Beckett includes Dr Rachel Julian, Prof Dave Webb (Emeritus), Dr Steve Wright and Dr Robin Redhead.

We are all actively involved in both academic research and social activism. We see a close connection between teaching, research and social change and embed this in our approach to peace studies.

What is the impact of the huge global military spending?

I am working with the International Peace Bureau towards a 2016 World Congress on War Economy and Transformation: Disarmament for Development. It will be an international event focused on the issues of Global Military Spending, which doesn’t have a high profile in peace studies or political economy.

I want to set up a Network of academics who work on Global Military Spending from peace studies, which can encompass the range of impacts from climate change, post 2015 agenda, conversion, etc and alternatives to current paradigms.

I envisage the network will be able to meet, collaborate on bringing together research and organise an academic contribution to the 2016 World Congress.

International Peace Bureau set up the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) which is April each year. The website for this

If you work on issues related to Global Military Spending or on the impact it has on other social or political events please get in touch.