September 20, 2017

Welcome to the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (GPACS) website.

Our primary objective is to promote research and interdisciplinary interactions on peace and conflict. Almost all academics belong exclusively to one department centered on a particular discipline, each having its own accepted set of approaches and norms, which can hinder a broader understanding of why peace and conflict occur. Facilitating interdisciplinary interactions can fill the big gaps between disciplines and is a key reason for the existence of GPCAS. Activities that we engage in include the following:

  • A research Colloquium in which internal and external speakers present their research, taking place in SST 777 on Thursdays, 12:30-1:50. During the 2016-17 school year we've had thirteen Colloquium speakers from many different disciplines (history, English, urban planning, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology).
  • An informal lunch seminar in which graduate students and faculty present new ideas and work-in-progress, taking place in SST 777 on Tuesdays, 12:30-1: 30.
  • Awarding of small grants to graduate students for research on peace and conflict.
  • An annual graduate student conference on peace and conflict. The latest conference took place on March 2, 2017, and included twelve presenters from four different departments. There were active discussions during every presentation and the presenters have reported that they received much more valuable input than normal because of the multi- disciplinary audience.
  • Academic conferences and symposia. For example, in 2017 we held a 2-day conference on "Economic Interdependence and War" which consisted of ten presentations by scholars in political science, international relations, and economics.
  • The Margolis lecture, an annual public lecture, usually by a prominent figure who straddles government and academia with topics related to peace and conflict. The 2017 Margolis lecture speaker was Maj. General (ret.) Yunzhu Yao (Ph.D., of China's People's Liberation Army) who spoke on "The South China Sea Conflict: Freedom of Navigation? Territorial Disputes? Or Geostrategic Competition?"
  • We have space to accommodate visitors who interact with our faculty and graduate.
  • A working paper series that has been recently revived.

Please let Lina Moncayo, our Administrator, or me know about any questions that you might have.

Stergios Skaperdas

Professor of Economics and Clifford S. Heinz Chair on the Economics of Peace
Director, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies
University of California, Irvine


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