A History of ‘Psychologists for Peace’ in Australia

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


This chapter describes the history of a group of Australian psychologists, now known as Psychologists for Peace, who united in the 1980s and have made significant and sustained contributions to the fostering of a more peaceful society over more than a generation. The context surrounding the establishment of the group is discussed along with highlights of their activities during and post the Cold War. These initiatives include research and advocacy; the development of educational materials aimed at fostering peace activism; efforts to promote the study of peace and conflict resolution at Australian universities and at the United Nations; and the development of nonviolent conflict resolution strategies with their dissemination through professional training, educational resources and school programmes.


Conflict Resolution Security Council Nuclear Weapon Peace Education Peace Research 
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The authors would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Dr Connie Peck in providing detailed information on the Institute of Peace Research and initiatives that stemmed from the Institute and its staff members.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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