Professor Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association.
Prior to taking up these positions he was the Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
His career has been a combination of academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Professor Clements has been a regular consultant to a variety of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations on disarmament, arms control, conflict resolution, development and regional security issues.
He has written or edited 7 books and over 150 chapters /articles on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, preventive diplomacy and development with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region.
His publications include:
Clements, K. P. (2015). Principled nonviolence: An imperative, not an optional extra. Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, 3(1), 1-17.
Jackson, R., Moses, J. M., Gregory, T. A., Dexter, H., Clements, K., Burke, A., … McKeogh, C. (2015, February). The return of pacifism and nonviolence to IR. Roundtable discussion at the 56th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention: Global IR and Regional Worlds, New Orleans, USA.
Clements, K. (2015, September). Tools from the past for a problematic present: How relevant is Burtonian theory and practice for 21st century conflict transformation? [John Burton Lecture]. Plenary speaker at the Conflict Research Society Conference: Peace and Violence Explained? Assessing John Burton's Legacy, Canterbury, UK.
Clements, K. (2015, March). Opposition in New Zealand to war: Quakers, conscientious objectors and others. Peace Traditions in New Zealand Series, University of the Third Age, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].
Clements, K. P. (2014). [Review of the book Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand became nuclear free]. Journal of Pacific History, 49(4), 518-519. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2014.973149
UNAA Peace Award 2007, NZ Peace Fondation Peacemaker of the Year 2013,