Board of International Advisors

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies would like to congratulate Rt Rev Justin Welby on his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury. The Rt Rev Welby was a member of the Centre's International Advisory Board for three years during his time as Dean of Liverpool Cathedral.


Dr Terry Phillips 

Terry Philips

Terry Phillips, Chair of the Board, is an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University and a founder member of the Centre. Her research is in the broad areas of literature and conflict, and on concepts of national identity, with a specific focus on literature of World War I and Irish Literature.

 Professor Galtung

Prof Johan Galtung

Professor Johan Galtung can be considered a founding father of the discipline of Peace Studies and one of the most famous and influential thinkers, both in terms of the academic community as well as among practitioners. His TRANSCEND method is very widely used in the fields of conflict resolution and conflict transformation around the world. He is still very active with respect to publishing his path-breaking work and engaging in peacebuilding internationally. The Tutu Centre was privileged to host Johan Galtung in January 2013.

 Michael Lapsley

Fr Michael Lapsley, SSM

Fr Michael Lapsley, SSM, is the Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa. While attending university in Durban in the mid-1970s, he served as the National Chaplain of Anglican Students, and then due to his political and social organizing efforts he was expelled from the country by the apartheid government. Over the next quarter-century, Michael lived in exile in Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. Early in that period he became a member of the African National Congress of South Africa (ANC), which was then conducting an underground guerrilla struggle against apartheid. For many years Michael also functioned as a chaplain of the ANC. From 1987-1990 Michael worked as a theological consultant and coordinated an ecumenical program of popular education about apartheid and destabilization under the auspices of the Lutheran World Federation.

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Prof Simeon Ilesanmi

Professor Simeon Ilesanmi is the Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University and Director of the University Initiative on Human Rights and Global Justice.  A native of Nigeria, he was educated in Nigeria and the UK, and holds the PhD in religious ethics (Southern Methodist University) and the JD in law (Wake Forest School of Law). His work emphasises international human rights, war crimes, the relation of religion to politics in Africa, and just war theory.  He is a fellow of the Aspen Institute and has held visiting appointments and fellowships at Princeton University, King's College London, United States Institute of Peace, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

 Nithiyananthan Nesadurai (Nithi)'s

Nithiyananthan Nesadurai (Nithi)

Nithiyananthan Nesadurai (Nithi) is the Director of Nesa Communications, a public relations consultancy. In a voluntary capacity as President of the Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM), Nithi plays a leading role in championing the sustainability agenda in Malaysia. He is a regular speaker on the topic of sustainability, climate change and environment at events organised by academic institutions, private companies and schools. Nithi also participated in the annual Conference of Parties negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2000 to 2009. In 2010 he was appointed by the United Nations as a Consultant to conduct the 10-year review of Malaysia’s performance on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 on environmental sustainability. In his role as honorary President of the Chevening Alumni of Malaysia, an association of recipients of the Chevening Scholarships awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom for future leaders from around the world, Nithi has organised more than 18 forums on civil society issues within the theme of nation building since 2007. Nithi holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of South Australia, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Planning from University College, London.

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Prof Mike Stubbs

Professor Mike Stubbs has been Director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool since May 2007. Before joining FACT, he was Curatorial Manager and then Head of Exhibitions at the world leading Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI). An award-winning and respected moving image artist, Mike Stubbs' work encompasses film, video, mixed media installations, performance and curation.

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Prof Paul Rogers

Professor Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. He has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for over 30 years. He lectures at universities and defence colleges in several countries and has written or edited 26 books. He is also a regular commentator on global security issues in both the national and international media, and is open Democracy's International Security Editor. Professor Rogers works on trends in international conflict with a particular focus on the interactions of socio-economic divisions and environmental constraints. His regional emphasis is primarily on the Middle East and South Asia.

 Dr Trudi Tate

Dr Trudi Tate

Dr Trudi Tate is a Fellow of Clare Hall, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Dr Tate specialises in the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, with a particular interest in war writings from the Crimea to Viet Nam. She has published a range of books and articles on literature and cultural history of the First World War, the Crimean War, and the Vietnam War. She has published work on Australian and American veterans of the war in Vietnam and on the cultural history of the tank in the First World War.

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Prof Andrew Thompson

Professor Andrew Thompson is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He was formerly Professor of Imperial and Global History and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on the relationships between British, Imperial and Global histories, especially on the effects of empire on British private and public life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the study of imperial migrations. Professor Thompson has also written about the history of colonial South Africa, informal empire in Latin America, and public memories of empire.

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Prof Richard Lance Keeble

Richard Lance Keeble has been Professor of Journalism since 2003 at the University of Lincoln where he launched the country's first ever MA in peace journalism. He edited, with John Tulloch and Florian Zollmann, Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution (Peter Lang, New York, 2010) and has contributed a chapter on peace journalism to The Routledge Companion to Community and Alternative Media, edited by Chris Atton (Routledge, London/New York, 2015). He has written and edited 31 books on a wide range of topics: including practical newspaper reporting skills, media ethics, literary journalism, investigative reporting, the coverage of US/UK militarism and the secret state and George Orwell. In 2011, he gained a National Teaching Fellowship, the highest award for teachers in higher education in the UK, while in 2014 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Journalism Education. He is chair of the Orwell Society, joint editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics and director of the Institute of Communication Ethics.