Call for Submission of Abstracts – “Resilience and Society: Lessons from the Ethiopian Experience”

3 April, 2023


The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University is a prominent Institute for higher education, research and policy dialogues on peace and security in Africa. Established in 2007, it ranks among the top 46 educational establishments and think tanks in Sub-Saharan Africa according to the Global Go to Think Tank Index Reports. IPSS was also selected as the Centre of Excellence for Post Conflict Societies by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) in 2017.  Moreover, the Institute runs the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), a joint initiative with the African Union, which is mandated by the African Union’s Executive Council to take up the intellectual challenge of finding African-led solutions to peace and security challenges in Africa. IPSS serves as the Secretariat of the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa that has been organised every year since 2012. The Forum brings prominent individuals, heads of state and government, policymakers and other experts to an informal gathering where they discuss African peace, security and development matters.

Description of Deliverables

The Research and Policy Analysis Unit at IPSS produces various peace and security publications (reports, policy briefs, journals etc.) that highlight a specific policy gap and provide concrete policy recommendation(s). The publications are premised on the philosophy of ‘African-led Solutions to African Problems’. As such, IPSS, is currently accepting submissions of abstracts to develop a series of policy briefs on the theme Resilience and Society: Lessons from the Ethiopian Experience. This series aims to document the agency and coping mechanisms Ethiopians were deploying/using when faced with the myriad of challenges in recent years, and what policy institutions could do to support their resilience.

The overall objective is to account for the:

  • Different manifestations and dimensions of resilience Ethiopians explore, including their individual behavioural and communal responses, amidst the various social, cultural, economic and political challenges they face.
  • Kind of interactions they engage in within the context of their resilience.
  • Actors and factors (helpers or spoilers) that aid or undermine their resilience.
  • Opportunities for intervention which governments, private sector, inter-governmental institutions, and CSOs may explore to aid vulnerable communities.

Submissions within the scope of women, peace and security or that account for the experiences of women within the above contexts are highly encouraged.

Contributors may engage the case study or comparative approach. Rather than problematise, the Research and Policy Analysis Unit encourages the contributors to employ a forward-looking and solution-oriented approach that highlights the agency and resilience of local communities. This is NOT a problem- and/or blame-identifying exercise. Your methodology should be succinct and clear.


  • A PhD Student in any of the following fields: international relations, conflict studies, law, human rights, political or social sciences, or related ones.
  • Have a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, e.g. international relations, conflict studies, law, human rights, political or social sciences, or any related field.
  • Excellent policy analysis and research skills.
  • Excellent command of English is required.
  • Must be Ethiopian.


Interested applicants should send an abstract of no more than 400 words, a 500-word cover letter and a CV not longer than 3 pages to and keep and in copy.


April 20, 2023.