ResearchToday!: Putting Leadership in its Place: The Place and Practice Dimensions of Leading for Peace in Conflicted Societies

‘ResearchToday!’ is a research seminar series that shows the width of research in the Business School, and is a forum to foster the collaboration and exchange among interested colleagues. We meet weekly during teaching term times.

About this event

Date: 05 November 2020
Location: This event will be delivered virtually
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Price: Free
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Organiser: Professor Karin Moser, Director London Centre of Business and Entrepreneurship Research

Interested guests are always welcome, from within or outside of the university! No registration is needed if you are internal, please just join us. If you are external to the University, please just send us an email to let us know you will be joining us, and we will inform our reception desk to expect you. Contact and further information: Research Manager for the Business School, email:

This week's seminar presentation will be given by Dr Loua Khalil. To give you a taste of the session, a brief abstract can be found below:

Academic leadership studies have tended to focus mainly on relatively stable contexts. This paper explores
the practice of peace leadership in highly contested and conflicted societies, where public institutions have broken
down, and where leadership is often literally a matter of life, injury or death. On the other hand, academic studies of place -from anthropology (Evans-Pritchard), politics (Castells; Mouffe), regional studies (Harvey; Massey), psychoanalysis (Bion; Bowlby; Klein), and sociology (Bourdieu; Habermas; Foucault) have tended to take greater account of contest and conflict, but have given less attention to leadership in those places. This paper takes a multi-disciplinary approach and explores the significance of both structure and agency, and of place, culture and courage, in leading for peace in war-torn societies. It aims to examine the nature of the relationship between leadership and place by investigating the dynamics of the place as seen by the leaders and their practices to engaging with these dynamics. This paper is an actor-focused study based on empirical research into the role of civil society leadership in creating and sustaining peace, established on semi-structured interviews with 32 leaders in 2 countries which have experienced intense conflict: Northern Ireland, and Bosnia Herzegovina.