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Timothy Donais is the Director of the Masters in International Policy (MIPP) program, Associate Director of the PhD Program in Global Governance, and Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also serves as the Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada (PACS-Can). Prior to joining Laurier and the BSIA, he taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor, and was a post-doctoral fellow at York University’s Centre for International and Security Studies.

Tim’s primary research interests lie in the area of post-conflict peacebuilding, with a particular focus on questions of ownership and inclusivity in peace processes.

Tim also has an ongoing interest in questions of security sector reform, and has worked closely with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), one of the world’s leading research centres on security sector reform. Tim is the author of Peacebuilding and Local Ownership: Post-Conflict Consensus-Building (Routledge, 2012), The Political Economy of Peacebuilding in Post-Dayton Bosnia (Routledge, 2006), and is the editor of Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform (Lit Verlag, 2008).

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Merit Award: 2017, 2014, 2010
  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Research Grant, 2012-14
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Faculty Research Grant, 2007-2011
  • Associate Professor, Global Studies
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

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Conflict and Security
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  • Ph.D. (Political Science), York University (2003)
  • M.A. (Political Science), York University (1997)
  • B.Journalism (Joint Honours in Journalism and Political Science), Carleton University (1997)


  • Donais, T. 2017. “Dayton +20: Peacebuilding and the Perils of Exclusivity.” Peacebuilding 5 (1): 7-21.
  • Donais, T. and E. McCandless. 2017. “International Peacebuilding and the Emerging Inclusivity Norm.” Third World Quarterly 38 (2): 291-310.
  • Donais, T. and J. Benham Rennick. 2016. “From Fragility to Resilience: Social Innovation at the Nexus of Conflict and Development in Africa.” In  Security, Education and Development in Contemporary Africa, edited by M. Raymond Isarali et al, 61-76. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Donais, T. 2015. “Bringing the Local Back In: Haiti, Local Governance and the Dynamics of Vertically-Integrated Peacebuilding.” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 10 (1): 40-55.
  • Donais, T. and G. Burt. 2015. “Peacebuilding in Haiti: The Case for Vertical Integration.” Conflict, Security and Development 15 (1): 1-22.
  • Donais, T. 2015. “Operationalising Local Ownership.” In Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding, edited by A. Ozerdem and S.Y. Lee, 39-54.  Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
  • Donais, T. 2015. “Ownership: From Policy to Practice.” In Handbook of International Security and Development, edited by P. Jackson, 227-247. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

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