Conflict Research Centre
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Membership in the Conflict Research Centre (CRC) is open to ̫ӳ faculty members whose research is related to issues of conflict. The Centre also welcomes visiting scholars, researchers who are involved in CRC projects, and conflict resolution practitioners as associate members.

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 Philip Onguny

Professor Philip Onguny is the director of the Conflict Research Centre, a position he has held since 2021. His research interests revolve around three topic clusters: identity-based conflicts, role of media in conflict, and political violence in Africa. He is also interested in the politics of international development and humanitarianism in fragile and/or conflict-affected societies. Professor Onguny is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project seeking to develop a comprehensive typology of frames to increase our understanding of the core issues fuelling ethno-political violence and land-based conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project draws on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Kenya.

 Moda Dieng


Moda Dieng is an assistant professor in the Conflict Studies program at ̫ӳ. He obtained a Ph.D. in political science (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole), an M.A. in Philosophy (Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès), and a diploma in International Studies and Development. Moda Dieng works primarily on regulation processes of conflicts in Africa. Many of his publications have appeared in major academic journals, such as Études internationalEuropean Journal of Development Research, and Revue africaine de sociologie. He has also edited and published many books. Moda Dienghas widened his research to study the challenges that security and conflict resolution face in Africa on a global scale that has been dominated by ‘anti-terrorist war’ dialogues. How does the global context of counter-terrorist wars affect the capacity and African methods of conflict resolution? This is the main question that Moda Dieng seeks to answer.


Jean-François Rioux



Jean-François Rioux, has been a professor in Conflict Studies at ̫ӳ since 2002. After completing his Ph.D. in political science at Carleton University, Mr. Rioux worked for the Canadian government and as a consultant in the field of nuclear arms control. He then turned his attention to the question of peacebuilding, particularly as director of research at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of the Université de Québec à Montreal, where he published on human security, peacebuilding, and peace operations in Africa. At ̫ӳ, he helped establish the master's, the bachelor's, the certificate, and the Ph.D. in Conflict Studies. He has created several new courses in this area and has published an important textbook for conflict studies with Professor Vern N. Redekop (Introduction to Conflict Studies: Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical Dimensions, Oxford University Press, 2012). He was the director of the School of Conflict Studies between 2013 and 2017.

Heather Eaton



Heather Eaton is a full professor in Conflict Studies at ̫ӳ. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in ecology, feminism and religion and is involved in conferences, workshops, teaching and publishing. Her authored and edited books include Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories (2016), with Lauren Levesque, The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community (2014), Ecological Awareness: Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics with Sigurd Bergmann (2011), Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies (2005) and Ecofeminism and Globalization: Exploring Religion, Culture, Context (2003), with Lois Ann Lorentzen. She is on the board of the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Environment and Culture and the steering committee of the Religion and Ecology session of the American Academy of Religion. Her work includes social justice and social transformation; ecological dimensions of conflict; gender analysis and social change; religion, peace and conflict; animal rights; and nonviolence.

Anny Morissette

Anny Morissette holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Université de Montréal. An Algonquian Peoples specialist, her research has focused primarily on Indigenous leadership, the everyday experience of politics in Indigenous communities and religious pluralism. Her doctoral dissertation explored the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg interstitial leadership, their political practices that take place “in the cracks,” and marginal power. Her research interests also include Indian mission churches, the Algonquian rituals in Catholic churches, Catholic Oblate heritage, reserve heritage, the Algonquian culture of alcohol, the contemporary Anishnaabe diplomacy, the assimilative experience and modus operandi of Indian Day schools, as well as the empowerment of Indigenous women.

Philippe Dufort

Philippe Dufort is an assistant professor in Social Innovation at ̫ӳ and also works as a research associate with the Higher Military School in Colombia for the Regional Centre for Strategic and Security Studies (CREES). He completed his doctorate at Cambridge University in the UK. His current research interests include strategic innovation, geopolitics and international political economy. He was an associate editor for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, a political analyst at the Canadian mission working alongside the European Union, and an observer for human rights in conflict zones. 


Peter Pandimakil

Peter G. Pandimakil is an associate professor in the Conflict Studies program at ̫ӳ and a visiting professor of phenomenology and history of religions at Estudio Agustiniano, Valladolid, Spain. His current research centres on post-independence religious conflict in India, issues of social justice, contemporary challenges to democracy, and patterns of thought in the Renaissance. His publications include studies on Claude Levi-Strauss, on Giambattista Vico, and on topics related to religious cultural diversity, multiculturalism, etc. He was director of the Mission Studies program at Saint Paul for five years, and editor-in-chief of the journal Mission for seven years. He also taught various sessions of philosophy and missiology for five years in Tanzania, in the Major Seminary of Peramiho, and at the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Morogoro.

Geneviève Parent







Geneviève Parent has written on many subjects concerning the practice of peace consolidation in post-ethnic conflicts or genocides. Among her publications are “Local Peacebuilding, Trauma, and Empowerment in Bosnia-Herzegovina” (2016, Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research), “Genocide Denial: Perpetuating Victimization and the Cycle of Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (2016, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal), “Identifying Factors Promoting or Obstructing Healing and Reconciliation: Observations from an Exploratory Research Field” (2012, International Journal of Peace Studies), “Peacebuilding, Healing, Reconciliation: An Analysis of Unseen Connections for Peace” (2011, International Peacekeeping), and “Reconciliation, Justice and Peacebuilding: A Theoretical Exploration” (2010, Genocide Studies and Prevention). She co-edited the book Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation: Bridging Top-Down and Bottom-up Approaches (2012, Routledge). Her research entails questions about the awareness and denial, psychosocial healing and protection of victims of armed conflicts (notably intimate genocides), how to manage those responsible for armed conflict and genocides, the consequences of violent crimes and violence against the masses, transitional justice and reconciliation during post-conflict situations. Dr. Parent focuses on regions such as the former Yugoslavia and the Great Lakes regions (Rwanda).

Anna Sheftel







Anna Sheftel joined the Conflict Studies program in 2011; she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is currently researching how Holocaust survivors remember and recount their experiences publicly, as well as the personal, social, and political context of that remembering. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Construction of Formal and Informal Historical Narratives of Violence in North-Western Bosnia, World War II Until Present," employs oral history and document-based research to understand how contemporary Bosnians negotiate their memories of war within the contexts of local, ethnic, and national narratives, all with their own politics. She has significant experience working on issues related to oral history methodology and ethics, having recently co-facilitated a SSHRC-funded international workshop, "Off the Record: Unspoken Negotiations in the Practice of Oral History." She has also trained numerous people and organizations in this human-centred research practice, from community organizers in Montreal to the research staff of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She also founded H-Memory, the largest network of people working on scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Memory Studies. She is interested in the ways in which memories of violence are utilized, politicized, resisted, and subverted, and in how ordinary people experience, remember, and organize around situations of conflict. 

Hélène Tessier 

Hélène Tessier is a professor in the faculty of Conflict Studies, with an LL.L, LL.M (Montréal), D.E.A. in History of Institutions and Social Studies, (University of Grenoble),  and doctorate in Fundamental Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis (University of Paris, 7 Denis Diderot). A lawyer and Barre member in Quebec, psychoanalyst, member of the Canadian Society of Psychoanalysis and of the International Psychoanalytic Association, she is vice-president of the Scientific Board of the Jean Laplanche Foundation and New Research for Psychoanalysis, Moral and Political Sciences Academy (Institut de France). Fields of expertise and research include moral dimension of conflicts, epistemology, ethical dimensions of epistemological choices, conflict theory, law and conflict, power dynamics, resistance to injustice, contributing psychoanalysis to action theory, psychoanalysis in the social sphere, human rights and rights to equality.

Natalie Dupuis

Natalie Dupuis is a Ph.D. student in the Conflict Studies program at ̫ӳ. Her research interests lie in the role of language and intersubjectivity in community mediation processes that take place between disputing parties who do not share a common first/mother tongue. Natalie's background includes a bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, a master's in Conflict Studies from ̫ӳ, and the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University. She has over three years' experience in an ombuds environment as well as volunteer work with Community Mediation Ottawa as a trainer conflict coach. 

Amy Dillon

Amy Dillon is a Ph.D. student in Conflict Studies at ̫ӳ. She previously earned an M.A. in Conflict Studies (̫ӳ), M.Sc. (Loughborough University), and B.Sc. in Psychology (Carleton University). Her research explores pragmatic nonviolent constructive action as a response to structural violence.

Marie Boglari

Marie Boglari is presently in the PhD program in Conflict Studies at ̫ӳ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Law from Université Saint Louis (Brussels) and a master’s degree in Law from Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) (Belgium). She continued her academic path with a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies from ̫ӳ. Marie has completed the Third Party Neutral training offered by the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution (CICR). She has been a teaching assistant and a lecturer in negotiation, mediation, and social justice at ̫ӳ and the University of Ottawa. Marie also worked for two years as the Assistant Ombudsperson at the University of Ottawa. She currently volunteers for Community Mediation Ottawa (CMO). Her doctoral research entails an analysis of discrimination as a form of violence and a social justice challenge, and the study of nationalism and ethnic and social conflicts, mainly in Hungary.

Martin Samson

Martin Samson holds a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy from the Université du Québec en Outaouais (Gatineau) and a master’s degree in public ethics from ̫ӳ. As a PhD candidate in conflict studies, he is writing his dissertation on the epistemological and normative impact related to the introduction of the Anthropocene concept in the problematization of the climate–conflict nexus. His work is inspired by Michel Freitag’s (1935–2009) dialectical realism and Jason W. Moore's world-ecology perspective. Martin is also a part-time professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences at ̫ӳ.



Yvon Muya Cimanga

Yvon Muya Cimanga is a doctoral student in conflict studies. As a professor and researcher at the School of Conflict Studies at ̫ӳ, he is devoting his doctoral thesis to issues of ethnicity, ethno-nationalism and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a journalist trained in Kinshasa, he has been analyzing socio-political conflicts in the DRC for over 15 years. He regularly participates in academic forums where he discusses his preferred topics: Ethnic violence, power struggles, political violence, citizen movements, social justice, peace building, etc.

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Mohamad El Jabi

"My research pertains to the rise of new ideologies in the Middle East, and their political consequences for minorities. I am studying how the so-called Islamic State (IS) and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Iraqi branch, the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) view the country’s Christian minority. To that end, I will compare the two groups’ religious ideology and policies. Furthermore, I will study their state-building aspirations in the context of a foreign invasion. A key objective of mine is to see to what extent the Iraqi Brotherhood is able to challenge IS on this particular issue."