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Would you like to know more about conflicts? Their shifts in character and significance? The possibilities for actions in real-life situations? And how to transform conflict into a resource for democratic governance? The Conflict Resolution and Governance programme provides you with a foundation in theory and research that helps you analyse conflicts and conflict resolution efforts in relationship to the dynamics of public governance.
You are given the opportunity to develop a command of diverse resources needed to respond to analytical challenges presented by local, regional, and global conflicts and to situate contemporary events in a historical and comparative perspective.
The case-oriented approach of the programme helps you to develop skills and experience through the analysis of action in settings that are grounded in comparative and historical perspectives.
An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers. Graduates from the Master's in Conflict Resolution and Governance find positions like
- Development expert in Fragile States
- Business Development Manager at Cordaid Urban Matters
- Lecturer, tutor and thesis supervisor at UvA’s College of Social Sciences
- Assistant at Stichting Bescherming Burgerrechten, a civil rights organisation
Within the programme, the academic study and the practical study are inextricably linked - Cory Fletcher, alumna in Conflict Resolution and Governance
All lecturers in the Master’s programme in Conflict Resolution and Governance are prominent researchers at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). This connection with the AISSR provides students with access to various academic opportunities. The Master’s thesis is based on a topic that students develop individually within a common research project. Research and writing are conducted in a tutorial setting with a member of the programme faculty.
Is Conflict Resolution and Governance for you?
The programme is rigorous and intensive. You are expected to develop your capacity to work independently and in groups. Students come to the programme from a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. This diverse group is linked by a shared interest in developing their theoretical and research competence in close relationship with practices located at the boundary between conflict resolution and governance.