Every two years, the members of the International Peace Research Association meet at their global conference to assess conflict and peace building in the world; discuss the state of the art of peace research; plan future research, and influence the practice and decision-making of violence prevention and peace building.
The conference is made up of plenary sessions, which focus on specific issues that continue to influence the peace and conflict process significantly, as well as panels and roundtables organized by IPRA's Commissions and Working Groups, plus special events.
Navnita Chadha Behera teaches in the department of political science at Delhi University, India, and is a former visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC.
She is the author of State, Identity and Violence: Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, and has written extensively on South Asia.
Hans Guenter Brauch
Hans Gunter Brauch is Chairman of Peace Research and European Security Studies (AFES-PRESS), an international non-profit scientific society.
Ursula Oswald Spring
Ursula Oswald Spring is a professor and researcher at the Regional Centre of Multidisciplinary Research at the National University of Mexico (CRIM-UNAM). She was the first General Attorney (Ombudswomen) for Environment in Latin America and the first Minister of Environmental Development in Mexico in the State of Morelos. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology with speciality in Environment (1978), a Master in Psychology (1972) and BE in Philosophy, Psychology and Anthropology (1969) from University of Zuerich, Switzerland. She is the first MunichRe Chair on Social Vulnerability (2005/2006) at the United National University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). She is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of AFES-PRESS. She is founding member and was Secretary General of the Colegio de Tlaxcala, a PhD program on sustainable regional development.
As President of IPRA (1988-2000) and Secretary General of CLAIP (Latin American Peace Research, 2002-2006) she linked the concept of Human, Gender and Environmental Security (HUGE) with peace studies, non-violent conflict resolution and sustainable productive processes.
Frans C. Verhagen, M.Div., M.I.A., Ph.D. is a sustainability sociologist with Earth and Peace Education Associates International (EPE) in New York City. He directs its Sustainability Research and Education Department. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor Sustainable Communities at Pace University in NY where he was the Visiting Scholar on Sustainable Communities in the Spring 2006. He also is the Sustainability Fellow of the Green Institute in Washington, D.C. and represents the International Peace Research Association at the UN Headquarters.
He developed the Earth Community School model of secondary education, the topic of Saturday's one hour workshop, while he was a Regents Earth Science with the NYC Board of Education in the 1990s. The model is based upon the organizing concept of contextual sustainability and includes as one of its components the efficient use of resources of the school itself. The model was published in Green Teacher, Fall, 1999.