Public Engagement

  • Faculty


    Erin McCandless (Ph.D.) is a scholar and policy practitioner with over two decades of experience working on and in conflict affected settings, broadly on issues of peacebuilding, statebuilding, governance, development and resilience - and their intersections. In addition to her role as Director of Peacebuilding in the Graduate Program of International Affairs, where she also teaches, she serves as Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. Dr. McCandless founder and Chief Editor of the international, refereed Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and she also serves as a representative for civil society in the International Dialouge on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (New Deal) process. Dr. McCandless consults widely across the United Nations and with other international organisations, conducting research and evaluation to support the building of evidence to inform policy and pragram design for peacebuilding impact, facilitating and advising on strategic policy processes, and conducting trainings. She has lived and worked in many conflict affected and post-conflict recovery contexts, including seven years in Africa. Dr. McCandless is author of more than fifty publications, including three books and several policy- and program-shifting United Nations reports. Further details can be found on her website:

    Research Interests:

    Her research/publication and policy/practice areas of specialisation include: Assessing and measuring progress in peacebuilding, statebuilding and resilience, Context and conflict sensitivity, Conflict analysis and prevention, International community benchmarking and transition strategies, Capacity-development, national ownership and hybrid political orders and systems, National development strategies, sectoral approaches (i.e. social services, gender, security) and peacebuilding, Peace, security and development links, Disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR), Natural resources and conflict/peacebuilding, UN peace operations, integrated missions, aid coordination and strategic policy frameworks, State-(civil)society-international actor roles and relationships, and Peacebuilding evaluation and research methods.