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Timothy Donais, Background

Recipient of 2011-2012 Collaborative Research Award

Timothy Donais is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he teaches in the area of peace and conflict studies. Prior to joining Laurier, he taught for four years in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor.

Tim's primary research interests lie in the area of post-conflict peacebuilding, and he recently completed a multi-year research project, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, examining issues of ‘local ownership' in peacebuilding processes. The project, which focused on the relationship between international and local actors in post-conflict contexts and on broader issues of authority and legitimacy in the making and implementation of public policy in the aftermath of conflict, explored the dynamics of ownership in contemporary Bosnia, Haiti, and Afghanistan.

Tim also has an ongoing interest in questions of security sector reform, and has worked closely with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), one of the world's leading research centres on security sector reform. Tim is the author of Peacebuilding and Local Ownership: Post-Conflict Consensus-Building (Routledge, 2012), The Political Economy of Peacebuilding in Post-Dayton Bosnia (Routledge, 2006), and is the editor of Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform (Lit Verlag, 2008).