Resilient Peace Staff University of Sydney Lead

Dr Wendy Lambourne has developed an academic career in peace and conflict studies with the University of Sydney, serving as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Undergraduate Coordinator and Master of Peace and Conflict Studies Degree Director. Prior to joining the University of Sydney she worked in Canberra with the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, and as National Manager of RESULTS Australia, part of an international civil society network lobbying on aid and development issues. She has been co-coordinator of the Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission of the International Peace Research Association since 2006, and an associate of the Burundian non-government organisation, Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (THARS), since 2012.

Wendy’s research for the past 20 years has been concerned with how survivors of genocide and other mass violence deal with the past in order to build peace for the future, focusing on questions of transitional justice, peacebuilding, healing and reconciliation from the perspective of locally affected populations. Her regional focus is on Africa and Asia/Pacific where she has conducted field research in Cambodia, Timor Leste, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. She has also considered questions of reconciliation and healing in the context of Australian Indigenous/settler relations and, most recently, the role of community-based psychosocial programs for people from a refugee background living in Australia. Her research has led her to propose a model of transformative justice that incorporates psychosocial, political and socioeconomic as well as legal justice; a focus on the future as well as the past; and the importance of localisation and contextualisation. As an adjunct to this research she introduced the concept of inreach to complement the accepted focus on outreach in order to support civil society participation, agency and empowerment in transitional justice, and she has argued for the significance of trauma healing and psychosocial interventions for transitional justice and peacebuilding..

Work Packages


Consolidation of available research and materials on resilience in peacebuilding


Designing and writing materials to establish future grant applications


Workshop in Accra, Ghana, September 2018


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices, to be fed into future grant applications


Dissemination and communication

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