Conf/CfP - Role of Non-State Actors in Building Human Security: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead, 20-21 October 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

Publish Date: Jul 10, 2015

Deadline: Oct 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Oct 20, 2015 12:00 to Oct 21, 2015 12:00

About the Conference

The Fifth Istanbul Human Security Conference, The Role of Non-State Actors in Building Human Security: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead will be taking place on: 20-21 October 2015.

As a close collaboration between the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, the United Nations Human Security Unit and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the conference will be hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

This year we are focusing on the role of non-state actors in building human security. Local and transnational non-state actors usually play an important role in restoration of justice and security in many post-conflict societies. Human security is a people-centered approach to global security that recognizes that lasting peace and social justice cannot be achieved unless people are protected from threats to their rights and basic needs. It is an approach that enables us address the sources of insecurity that affect people all around the world, especially in conflict and post-conflict societies. In this regard, we recognize that non-state actors are usually incorporated in sustaining human security measures worldwide.

The aim of the conference is to critically explore the positive and negative roles that non-state actors play in sustaining human security and analyzing incorporation strategies of planning and implementation of their activities. How can we enable non-state actors to be more effective? What are the challenges and opportunities for incorporating them into sustaining human security? The objective is to therefore provide a forum to explore the interplay between non-state actors and human security within academic and policy realms.

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Call for Papers

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 August 2015!

Submit a 200 word paper abstract or panel proposal which falls under one of the four themes listed above

Successful authors will be notified by 1 September 2015

Deadline for submission of full papers to be included in the Conference Proceedings 1 October 2015.

You can submit your papers at

Limited number of scholarships are available! Contact us for further details.

Paper Style

The conference accepts research driven, practice reflection and theoretical papers. Papers should follow a simple structure, namely;

1.      Statement of the purpose of the paper, the research question this issued to be reflected upon

2.      Background, context setting and/or literature review section

3.      Description of  research methodology

4.      Presentation of results or description of practices reviewed

5.      Analysis of results or practices

6.      Conclusions draws

7.      Recommendation for future research or action

8.      Bibliography

The size of the paper is up to the submitter but generally about 6000 to 8000 words. Papers do not need to be verbally presented in the conference, rather authors should give a short presentation derived from their papers and be prepared to discuss their work along with that of others presented on their panel. PowerPoint slides are allowed, (bring your presentation on a USB stick) but do remember that many people are listening and reading in the second language, so keep the use of text to a minimum and make good use of photography graphics, graphs and tables.


Early Bird Deadline: 1 October 2015
Early Bird fee: 150 GBP
Anytime after 1 October 2015: 200 GBP
Student Early Bird Fee: 75 GBP
Anytime after 1 October 2015: 150 GBP
Registration fee covers the cost of two lunches, one dinner and four coffee breaks.

Register for the conference via this link.

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