Advisory Board Member, Dr. Lisa Schirch is North American Research Director for the Toda Peace Institute and Senior Policy Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
In 2018, Schirch finished editing a book on “The Ecology of Violent Extremism: Beyond Counterterrorism to Peacebuilding” with over 30 scholars and practitioners for the Toda Peace Institute and published an action guide on “Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding” with US Institute of Peace.
In 2015, Schirch finished a 3 year project coordinating a global network to write a Handbook on Human Security: A Civil-Military-Police Curriculum and set of 40 peacebuilding case studies on Local Ownership in Security. In 2014, Schirch published a book and website with accompanying teaching tools for Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning.
Schirch also is a member of several advisory and research review panels for Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Geneva, Switzerland; the UN Development Program International Advisory Group on Infrastructures for Peace; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands’ International Advisory Committee of Security and Rule of Law (SRoL) in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCAS) and the Knowledge Platform on Security & Rule of Law, and most recently was named by the US State Department as co-chair of the working group on engagement with religious actors by the Office on Religion and Global Affairs.
A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has conducted conflict assessments and participated in peacebuilding planning alongside local colleagues in over 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Ghana, and Fiji. Schirch has published ten books and dozens of chapters and articles on a range of themes including the design and structure of a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan, civil-military relations, and the role of the media in peacebuilding.
Schirch has worked as a consultant on conflict assessment and peacebuilding planning for the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, several branches of the US government, the US Foreign Service Institute, and many other organizations.