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Erin McCandless

Associate Professor, School of governance, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

I am a seasoned scholar, policy adviser and practitioner with over two decades of experience working on and in conflict-affected and transitional settings. My focus lies on issues of peacebuilding and transformative social change, and the processes, institutions and relationships that forge robust social contracts and build societal resilience. In addition to teaching at the School of Governance at Witwatersrand University, and have for a number of years directed Forging Resilient Social Contracts, a research and policy dialogue in nine countries in transitional contexts, and am in the process of building phase II of this work. I co-founded the internationally peer reviewed Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and consult with United Nations and other international organisations, conducting research and evaluation, facilitating strategic, policy-relevant processes and conducting trainings. This brings a strong evidenced based and practically grounded orientation to my scholarly work.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2007 
    American University , PhD International Relations