I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. I hold a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. My research interests include local and international peacebuilding, their associated spaces of agency and the role of culture therein. I am particularly interested in the contested and transformative nature of local imaginations of peace and have conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Cyprus, Brussels, Northern Ireland and the Basque Country. My recent publications include articles on “Peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Resistance or Emancipation?” (published in Security Dialogue; co-authored with Oliver Richmond), “Everyday legitimacy in post-conflict spaces: The creation of social legitimacy in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural arenas” (Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding), “Divergent Transformation and Centrifugal Peacebuilding: The EU in Bosnia-Herzegovina” (International Peacekeeping) and "The Emerging EU Peacebuilding Framework: Confirming or Transcending Liberal Peacebuilding?" (Cambridge Review of International Affairs; co-authored with Oliver Richmond and Annika Björkdahl). I have also published book chapters in edited volumes and have recently published a monograph on the role of local actors in peacebuilding operations in Bosnia, South Africa and Cyprus. I coordinate the M.A. in Peace Studies and also teach on the M.A. International Relations as well as on undergraduate courses in International Relations.
Bjorkdahl, Annika and Stefanie Kappler, Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation: Peace, Space and Place, Routledge, forthcoming 2016.
Kappler, Stefanie, Local Agency and Peacebuilding: EU and International Engagement in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus and South Africa, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014.
Chabot, Joceline, Richard Godin, Stefanie Kappler and Sylvia Kasparian (eds), Mass media and the Genocide of the Armenians: One Hundred Years of Uncertain Representation, Palgrave, forthcoming 2015.
Kappler, Stefanie, "Sarajevo’s Ambivalent Memoryscape: Spatial stories of peace and conflict", Memory Studies, forthcoming.
Kappler, Stefanie, “The dynamic local: Delocalisation and relocalisation in the search of peacebuilding identity”, Third World Quarterly, 36 (5) 2015: 875-889.
Vogel, Birte, Oliver Richmond, Roger Mac Ginty, Ioannis Tellidis and Stefanie Kappler, “Creating Space for Critical Voices and Practitioners: Peacebuilding Journal”, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 26, 2014: 517–19.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Peacebuilding and Lines of Friction between Imagined Communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and South Africa”, Peacebuilding, 1(3), 2013: 349-364.
Kappler, Stefanie, ““Coping with research: Local Tactics of Resistance against (Mis-)Representation in Academia”, Peacebuilding, 1(1), 2013: 125-40.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Everyday legitimacy in post-conflict spaces: The creation of social legitimacy in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural arenas”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 7(1), 2013: 11-28.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Divergent Transformation and Centrifugal Peacebuilding: The EU in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, International Peacekeeping, 19(5), 2012: 612-27.
Kappler, Stefanie and Oliver P. Richmond, “Peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Resistance or Emancipation?”, Security Dialogue, 42(3), 2011.
Richmond, Oliver, Björkdahl, Annika and Stefanie Kappler, "The Emerging EU Peacebuilding Framework: Confirming or Transcending Liberal Peacebuilding?," Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol.24(3), 2011.
Kappler, Stefanie and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, “Hybrid Local Ownership in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo: From Discursive to Material Aspects of Ownership”, in SungYong Lee and Alp Oezerdem (eds.), Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding, Routledge, forthcoming.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Retelling the City: Competing Spaces of Social Engagement in Cape Town”, in Stromboem, Lisa and Annika Bjorkdahl (eds.), Governing contested issues in divided cities – merging conflict resolution and public administration, Nordic Press: forthcoming.
Forde, Susan and Stefanie Kappler, “Connecting the Local and the Global - Understanding International Relations through Global Networks”, in Kishor Vaidya (ed.) International Relations and Diplomacy for the Curious: Why Study International Relations and Diplomacy, Curious Academic Publishing, 2014.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Everyday Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Spaces: The Creation of Social Legitimacy in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Cultural Arenas”, in David Roberts (ed.), Liberal Peacebuilding and the Locus of Legitimacy, Routledge, 2014.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Representations of Peace in the EU’s Peacebuilding Approach in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, in Aggestam, Karin & Annika Björkdahl (eds.), Rethinking Peacebuilding. The quest for just peace in the Middle East and the Western Balkans, New York: Routledge, 2013.
Kappler, Stefanie, “Liberal Peacebuilding’s Representation of the Local: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, in Richmond, Oliver and Audra Mitchell (eds.), Hybrid Forms of Peace: From Everyday Agency to Post-Liberalism, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011.