The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies seeks to promote the study of conflict and conflict resolution, including in its remit the analysis of war, peace and the phases in between; and embracing the study of both international and civil conflict. The Centre for War and Peace Studies was set up in 2004. It is located within the Department of History and Politics. However, it is enriched by a large panel of members coming from many different departments and subject areas such as English, Drama, Theology, Psychology, Politics, History and Media studies, creating an interdisciplinary environment for research and postgraduate teaching. The current director of the Centre is Dr Catalina Montoya and the deputy director is Stephen McLoughlin, Lecturers in International Relations. The International Advisory Board is chaired by Dr Terry Phillips.
In 2007, the University approached Archbishop Desmond Tutu to ask him if he would give his name to the War and Peace Centre. Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: "His great work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa is the reason why we asked Archbishop Tutu if he would allow us to use his name for the Centre." In celebration of the naming of the Centre, Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave an address in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Tuesday 26th June 2007, entitled 'Ours is a Moral Universe'.
Other addresses have included Civic Lectures by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Professor Anthony Parel, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary and Clare Short, former Minister for International Development. For more information, you can visit our Civic Lecture page.