The International Federation of Catholic Universities and its International Center for Research and Decision Support (CIRAD) have now launched a new international research group, the IFCU Peace Studies Network. This network is an international multidisciplinary research group for the study of international relations, conflicts, and strategies for conflict prevention and sustainable peacebuilding.


As an IFCU international research group, the network benefits from the Federation's registration in international forums where its expertise will be promoted: Council of Europe, OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, UNESCO, and ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council). The network has close collaborations with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network (partnership in actions, participation in the CPN's scientific council)



Prof. François Mabille, IFCU Secretary General

Prof. Hélène Tessier, Director, University of Saint Paul - Ottawa (Canada)


Prof. Gerard J. Powers, University of Notre Dame (USA)

Prof. Pierre Gueydier, Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO - Angers)

Prof. Osak Svensson, Uppsala University (Sweden)



The IFCU Peace Studies Network seeks to promote collaboration between academics themselves, between academics and practitioners of international relations, and more broadly, with the various actors involved in security and peace issues. The IFCU Peace Studies Network also aims to promote joint events among its members through the organization of an annual master classes around specific topics and encourages university collaboration at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.



With a research-action perspective the ambition of IFCU- Peace Studies Network is to encourage forward-looking and innovative thinking, and to provide concrete solutions to contemporary challenges.


The Network’s activities are structured around three main axes:

  1. Promoting and supporting local events around peace related issues (conferences, masterclasses, etc.), as well as highlighting and valuing their results.
  2. Conducting these events within a supranational framework in order to promote intellectual exchanges of experience: Transfer academic expertise into the international institutions where IFCU enjoys a consultative status and whose work include issues of migrations, human rights, disarmament, education to human rights, human rights and conflicts, social inclusion, inclusive education, etc.
  3. Building a 2019-2021 research program around 3 key research directions:                                          
    1. Epistemology of peace studies
    2. Interdisciplinarity and key concepts of peace studies
    3. Position of the researcher in peace studies.


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