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Prince Hassan, El Brahimi & Professor Sultan Barakat, WANA 2010

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... an international centre of excellence for the study of post-conflict societies and their recovery.

Current Research

NSP - PRDU is working closely with a local research partner, Tadbeer Consulting, on a World Bank funded evaluation of the largest development programme in Afghanistan, the National Solidarity Programme (NSP).

Education in Conflict & Emergencies

A joint programme of research and advanced learning between the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York.


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MA, MSc & PhD Courses

MA in Post-war Recovery Studies

MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs

PhD in Post-war Recovery Studies  


A variety of scholarships are available for our MA and PhD courses - click here for more information.

NEW - International Humanitarian Affairs Summer School
13-17 July 2015

Palgrave Critical Studies in Post-Conflict Recovery

The PRDU is very pleased to announce a forthcoming book series edited by Dr. Kenneth Bush and Professor Sultan Barakat entitled Palgrave Critical Studies in Post-conflict Recovery. If you have a project that may fit with the series, please use the Palgrave publishing proposal form (MS Word  , 438kb)

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Higher education vital to post-conflict rebuilding

Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2015

Higher Education Vital to Post-conflict Rebuilding - article in University World News by Professor Sultan Barakat and Dr Sansom Milton of PRDU

Working Papers

Working Paper 7

To view the latest working paper in the series click on image above.