Conflict Analysis Research Centre

Research bridging differences

John Burton


The John Burton Lecture Series is the flagship event of the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Kent. The annual lecture commemorates the late John Burton, a former member of CARC who played a pivotal role in the development of peace and conflict studies in the UK. The purpose of the lecture series is to invite leading global figures in the field including academics, practitioners, journalists and leading voices from across civil society to engage a wide audience with a major theme in conflict analysis.

John Burton Lecture Guest Speakers

Quintin Oliver - 23 March 2017

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Quintin Oliver is a conflict resolution specialist with four decades of experience from the voluntary, statutory and private sectors, working at all levels of government. In 1998 he led the non party ‘Yes’ Campaign in support of the referendum in Northern Ireland on the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. This led to work in Israel and Palestine, South Africa, Cyprus (2004 and 2017 Referendums), Colombia (Civil society development and design of the 2016 Referendum), the Balkans, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Iraq. In 1998 he founded Stratagem, Northern Ireland’s foremost public affairs consultancy, which he still leads

'How to Win and Lose Referendums: Lessons from Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Colombia'

Juliette Bird - 3 March 2016

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Dr. Juliette Bird has been the head of NATO’s Counter Terrorism section, within the Emerging Security Challenges Division, since September 2011.

In the course of a 20 year career in the UK foreign service Dr. Bird specialized in global threats including proliferation, financial crime and, most extensively, terrorism. She served in the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and was then seconded to NATO to set up an equivalent body for the Alliance.

 'The Counter Terrorism Challenge: All Hands to the Pump'.

Kevin Clements - 15 September 2015

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Professor Kevin Clements, Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, gave the John Burton Centenary Lecture on 15 September 2015. This was a Keynote address at the Conflict Research Society (CRS) Annual Conference which was hosted by CARC on 14-15 September at the University of Kent.

Tools from the past for a problematic present: How relevant is Burtonian Theory and Practice for 21st century conflict transformation?

The full text of the lecture is available here.



Peter Wallensteen - 8 April 2014


Professor Peter Wallensteen is Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and the Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.

Professor Wallensteen is one of the leading international peace researchers and the founder of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program.

After Negative Peace, What? Thinking about Quality Peace"


Stathis Kalyvas - 8 May 2013


Professor Stathis Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University.

Professor Kalyvas has previously been awarded the Gregory Luebbert Best Article Award (2011, 2009 & 1999), the Journal of Peace Research Best Article Award (2009) and the Mary Parker Follet Award for Best Article in Politics and History (1994), the Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award (2008), the  European Academy of Sociology Best Book Award (2008) and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for Best Political Book Published in the United States (2007).

The Evolution and Transformation of Political Violence over the Past Two Centuries”






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