Professor Alpaslan Özerdem is Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. With 20 year field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Turkey, he specializes in the politics of humanitarian interventions, disaster response, security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building. He has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organisations.
He has published extensively in peer-reviewed international journals and is co-author of Disaster Management and Civil Society: Earthquake Relief in Japan, Turkey and India (I.B. Tauris, 2006); author of Post-war Recovery: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (I.B. Tauris, 2008); co-editor of Participatory Research Methodologies in Development and Post Disaster/Conflict Reconstruction (Ashgate, 2010); co-author of Managing Emergencies and Crises (Jones & Bartlett, 2011); co-editor of Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); co-editor of Challenging Post-conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture (Ashgate, 2012); co-author of Peace in Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation (Lexington, 2013); and co-editor of Turkey and Human Security: Challenges of the 21st Century (Routledge, 2013).
Professor Özerdem leads the CPRS Turkey – Peace and Security Studies research group and organizes the annual Istanbul Human Security Conference series. He is also President of Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (CESRAN) and edits the online, open access Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security (JCTS).