Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya

Designation :Chairholder, UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding & Coordinator, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University
Department :UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Faculty of Social Sciences
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005
Residence : 357, Mahamanapuri, BHU, Varanasi-221005
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S.No. Degree Institution Year
1. P.G. Saugar University, M.P. 1975
2. M.Phil. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1978
3. Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1987
4. Advance International Diploma in Conflict Resolution Uppsala University, Sweden 2005 & 1989

A. Teaching experience (in years) : 36 years

B. Area of specialization : Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations

C. Number of Ph.D./M.Phil supervised : Supervised over 20 researchers

D. Number of Publications (National/International) : 45

E. Major publications (Maximum five publications in details):

  • 2015.'The European Union and Media: Exploring the Conflict-Governance Nexus in Comparative perspective' (Co-Author). In Cultures of Governance and Peace: A Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches, edited by J. Peter Burgess, Oliver Richmond, Ranabir Samaddar. Manchester: University of Manchester.
  • 2014. Peace and Conflict: The South Asian Experience (ed.). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press India.
  • 2013.'Depleting Ground Water Resources and risks to India's Water Security'. In India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenge, edited by Jason Miklian and Ashild Kolas, 33-45. London: Routledge.
  • 2011.'Exploring Indian Peace Perspectives in New Millennium'. In A Survey of Research in Political Science - Vol. IIV international Relations, edited by Achin Vainik. London: Oxford University Press.
  • 2010.'Communal Peace in India: Lessons from Multicultural Banaras'. In Religion and Security in South and Central Asia, edited by K. Warikoo. London: Routledge.

  • F. Research Projects:


  • The German Foundation for Peace Research, (DSF -Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung) funded project on "Peaceful Coexistence? -'Traditional' and'Non-traditional' Conflict Resolution Mechanisms", 2015-2016 (Ongoing)
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway funded project on "Peacebuilding, Diversity and Human Security", 2013-2015 (Ongoing)
  • The Research Council of Norway funded Research Project on "Making Women Count for Peace", 2012-2015 (Ongoing)
  • European Union funded Project (under 7th Framework Program) on "The Role of Governance in the Resolution of Socioeconomic and Political Conflict in India and Europe", 2011- 2013.
  • Preservation of Communally Inclusive Public Spaces and Heritage : A Study of Ramlila in Varanasi: Cultural Section, UNESCO, India, 2010
  • Building Multi-Cultural Community in Banaras: Role of Youth, SASNET, 2006
  • Local Print Media in Conflict, UGC Major Project, 2006
  • Democracy & Human Development: South Asia Context, American Centre, and New Delhi, 2005
  • Refugees in South Asia: Conflict Resolution Perspectives, UGC Major Project,2003
  • Building Peace Constituency, sponsored by Alton W John Foundation, USA under the Global Security Program, 2001
  • Transnational project on Curricula Development in Disarmament & Security sponsored by Talloires University Group (TUG), Tufts Univ/ Uppsala/ Tokai University, 1995
  • International Dimensions of Ethnic Conflict: South Asian Experience, sponsored by the UGC Career Award Scheme, 1993

  • G. Conferences/Symposia/seminars attended

    Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya, the UNESCO Chairholder delivered a number of presentations around the focal themes of the UNESCO Chair. Some of the presentations are mentioned below:

  • 9 April 2014 - 'Interreligious Understanding as A Resource of Peacebuilding In South Asia' At Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland,
  • 4 April 2014 - 'Religion and Peacebuilding: An Indian Experience', Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University, Belfast.
  • 3-4 December 2013 - Invited by Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) to Chair a conference'Role of Governance and Conflict Resolution in India and Europe' in Brussels, Belgium
  • November 2013 - Keynote Address : UNESCO Perspective on Global Citizenship, British Council Policy Dialogue, Connecting Class room, Leading and Embedding an International dimension in Education, Kolkata
  • 10-11 October 2013 - Workshop in Nicosia, Cyprus under European Commission funded collaborative project'Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India'
  • 25-27 September 2013 - Presented a paper in an International workshop on Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia held at Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 8-9 April 2013 - Invited presentation at Yale University, USA on behalf of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation (TBF)
  • 27 November - 2 December 2012 - Invited presentation on Exploring Peace in Meghalaya Institute of International Affairs, Rome.
  • 03-06 September 2012 - International symposium "Reorienting Diaspora" University of South Australia.
  • 9 June 2011 - Multiculturalism, Terrorism and Peace - An Indian Experience, University of Western Sydney.
  • 8 June 2011 - Multiculturalism as a Resource of Peace'An Indian Experience', UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Society Research Centre.
  • 2 June 2011 - Intercommunity Peace in India: Banaras experience, Australian National University (ANU) Australia South Asia Research Centre & Crawford School of Economics & Government.

  • H. Courses and Papers Taught:

  • Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies: Foundational Theories I
  • Understanding Conflict & Violence: Foundational Theories II
  • Conflict Handling Mechanism: Applied Theories
  • Contemporary International Conflicts
  • Anatomy of Internal Conflicts in India
  • Conflict and Community Development
  • Religion, Conflict and Globalization
  • Research Methods and Conflict Mapping

  • I. Academic/Professional membership:


  • 2015, Associate, India International Centre
  • 2012, Nominated Member of a Civil Service Reforms Committee instituted by UPSC, New Delhi
  • 2010, Nominated Member, Standing Committee of National Mission on Education through ICT [NMEICT], Ministry of HRD
  • 2009-10, Member, Expert Committee & Course Development, Gandhi & Peace Studies Program, IGNOU/Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti
  • 2009-10, Expert Member for Developing Curricula for the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Sikkim Central University
  • 2007 onwards, Member Editorial Board, Peace & Conflict Review, UN University of Peace, Costa Rica
  • 1989, Member UGC Subcommittee on National Curricula on International Relations

  • J. Administrative responsibilities held:


  • ICCR Chair at Dublin City University, Ireland
  • UNESCO Chair Professor (December 2010 onwards)
  • Coordinator, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University (1998 onwards)
  • Visiting Faculty, Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Ministry of External Affairs (2011-08)
  • Visiting Faculty, National Defense College (NDC)& Naval War College, Ministry of Defense (2011-08)
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) , Oslo (2009)
  • Adjunct Professor, Concordia University , Montreal (Peace/Conflict) 2008-02)
  • Visiting Professor, Karlstad University, Sweden, 2005-07
  • Fulbright Visiting Professor, US Air Force Academy, CO, 2004
  • Visiting Scholar, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla,2002
  • Visiting Fellow, Henry L Stimson Center, Washington DC, 1999
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Woodrow Wilson Center of International Scholars, Wash DC, 1993
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster, and Northern Ireland. 1991
  • Academic Visitor, London University, ICS, 1990

  • K. Honors & Awards received
  • 2014 ICCR Chair at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2014 UNICEF Desk Researcher
  • 2012 Senior Australia-India Council (AIC) Fellowship (Lectured at leading Australian University (ANU, USW, Monash University)
  • 2012-08 Visiting Faculty, National Defense College (NDC) & Naval War College, Ministry of Defense
  • 2010 Senior Australia-India Council (AIC) Fellowship (Lectured at leading Australian Universities (ANU, USW, Monash etc on Multiculturalism & Diversity )
  • 2009 Senior Fellow, International Peace Research Institute , Oslo
  • 2004 Senior Fulbright Award, US Air Force Academy Colorado Springs
  • 1999 Faculty Research Award, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Foreign Affairs Dept., Canada Govt.
  • 1997 Peace-building Institute Fellowship, PEW Foundation, USA on "Religious Approaches to Conflict Resolution"
  • 1994 Austrian Government Fellowship at Civilian Peace Keeping & Peace Building Training Program at Stadtschlaining
  • 1993 Fellow Salzburg Seminar (session 305) on "Ethnicity Cultures & Making of Nations", Salzburg, Guest Scholar Award, Woodrow Wilson Center of International Scholars, Wash DC
  • 1992 International Visitor (US Govt. sponsored program on transnational Conflict Resolution)
  • 1989 Swedish International Co-operation (SIDA) Grant for Conflict Resolution Studies
  • 1988 UGC Career Award for being adjudged as the outstanding social scientist
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