Mari Fitzduff is Professor and founding director of the Masters professional programs in Coexistence, Conflict, and Development at Brandeis University. Previously she was Chair of Conflict Studies at Ulster University in Northern Ireland where she was Director of UNU/INCORE. From 1990-97 Fitzduff she was the founding Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, a public body that funded and helped develop conflict resolution programs with government, statutory bodies, trade unions, churches, community groups, security groups, paramilitaries, prisoners, businesses and politicians.
Fitzduff has worked on conflicts in the Basque Country, the Caucasus, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Indonesia, Russia, Crimea, Korean, Japan, Cameroon, Philippines, Peru, Columbia. Her books include Fitzduff, M: ‘Beyond Violence’ – Conflict Resolution Processes in Northern Ireland, United Nations Press, Fitzduff, M and Stout, C: The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace. 3 Vols. Praegar Press, and Fitzduff, M: Public Policies in Shared Societies (2013) Palgrave MacMillan 2013. Using examples drawn from over 50 countries this book explores how governance, economic , security, health, business, environmental, and educational, institutions are adapting their policies and practices to create more cohesive and peaceful societies.