Centre for Peace and Development (CPD) was established in 2004 to promote normative and practical streams of peace work in the South Asian region. It is indeed befitting to have such peace initiative in the ancient city of Varanasi which traditionally exemplifies the intercultural understanding and peace through the life and work of Buddha, Kabir, Tulsi among others.
CPD rests on three pillars-theories, data and values and offer an interface between research, prescriptive analysis, policy evaluation and recommendations. The centre offers to impart conflict resolution and peace building techniques in the aspirants who could be a politician, administrator, practitioner, non – governmental organization worker, scholar, academician, military personal or a social worker.
An integral part of the CPD mission strategy is to host seminars, dialogues and problem solving workshops. These seminars, workshops and dialogues are instrumental in enriching and expanding the data and information base of the centre.
Dr. PRIYANKAR UPADHYAYA currently holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding and also serves as the Professor of Peace Studies and Coordinator of Malaviya Centre for Peace Research at Banaras Hindu University. He has done post-doctoral studies at London University and holds a Ph.D. and M. Phil. Degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Advance International Diploma(s) in Conflict Resolution from the Uppsala University, Sweden. Dr Upadhyaya has been honored with Guest Scholar Award of the Woodrow Wilson Centre of International Scholars at Wash DC, Faculty Research Award, Canadian Govt., Senior Fulbright Award and Australia-India Council Senior Fellowship.
Dr. Upadhyaya has taught international relations & peace studies for over three decades and supervised over 20 doctoral and postdoctoral researches. He also served as the Adjunct /Visiting Professor at various Universities in Europe and North America and as a Fellow at Henry L Stimson Center, Wash DC, Resource Person for UN University of Peace and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. More recently Prof Upadhyaya has worked as the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies at the Dublin City University.
Professor Upadhyaya has made a foundational contribution to the growth of peace and conflict resolution studies in India. He has participated in various track II dialogue between India and Pakistan and authored/co-authored several books published by Routledge, Ashgate, Oxford University Press, Information age and research articles in reputed international journals as the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy; International Studies (Sage) and Strategic Analysis (Routledge). He has recently edited a volume entitled “Peace and Conflict: South Asian Experience” published from Cambridge University Press. He also lectures at National Defense College, Foreign Service Institute, Naval War Academy in India and also at the US Air force Academy in US.