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Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Jan Pospisil is an Associate Professor (Research) at Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. His work focuses on peace and transition processes and political settlements, peace mediation, donor politics in peacebuilding, competitive regionalism, resilience, the Horn of Africa region, and South Sudanese and Sudanese politics. Jan has headed the workstream on local peace agreements in the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh, which has been funded by UK FCDO, and is a co-investigator in the six-year follow-up programme Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep). He is the author of ‘Peace in Political Unsettlement’, published by Palgrave Macmillan. His most recent monograph on South Sudan as a fragment state has been published in German by transcript.

Jan has extensive field research experience in Sub-Sahara Africa with a focus on South Sudan. Since 2019, he has been part of the team conducting the South Sudan Public Perceptions of Peace Survey, a project that is continuing in collaboration with Detcro Research and Advisory. The results can be accessed through an interactive dashboard ( Jan is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Austrian Centre for Peace (ACP) and an Associate Professor (venia docendi for Political Science) at the University of Vienna.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Research, Coventry University