Turning Research into Action for a Safer World

Since 1999, it has been the mission of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding (CCPB) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to help citizens seek realistic ways to improve human conditions locally and globally. The Center works with ordinary citizens to prevent violent conflict and, if violence occurs, to explore paths to sustainable peace and reconciliation, and share what we have learned. Turning research into action, the CCPB takes an integrated approach in studying the best grassroots peacebuilding methods in both domestic and international conflicts, and utilizes those findings in direct engagement in peacebuilding efforts in neighborhoods in Orange County and Los Angeles, California as well as in such selected communities in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Bosnia/Herzegovina, and the former Soviet Union.

The Center for Citizen Peacebuilding conducts research, advances education and organizes action to improve and expand citizen peacebuilding in the United States and around the world. The Center hosts lectures and conferences involving prominent citizen peacebuilders, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; trains local and international peacebuilding practitioners, including gang intervention workers; and facilitates peacebuilding efforts in conflict zones.


We conduct and support research through fellowships, conferences and hands-on participation in citizen peacebuilding.

Kugelman Fellows
Ebadi Fellows
Peace Awards
Faculty Research
Publications and Conferences


We offer education through the University of California, Irvine and training in conflict resolution and nonviolence for diverse organizations, from gang prevention and intervention to international peacebuilding.

Gang Intervention Training
Undergraduate Certificate Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Annual Peace & Justice Week
Olive Tree Initiative


We encourage and support citizen peacebuilding in conflict zones around the globe.

Orange County Peacebuilding Network
Experiential Study Travel
Georgia-Abkhazia Peacebuilding Research
Past Programs

By integrating all three aspects, we promote knowledge about positive role models and foster constructive change.

The UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding is a member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Click here to download a KUCI radio interview with the center's co-director about the center's activities.


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