Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I joined Laurier in 2008, after having taught for 4 years in the political science department at the University of Windsor. I received my PhD in political science from York University, in Toronto, in 2003.
Prior to joining academia, I worked in various capacities for the Bosnia Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and as a communications officer for the United Nations Association in Canada.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research focuses on the “local” dimensions of post-conflict peacebuilding. I have conducted extensive field research in Bosnia, Haiti and Afghanistan. My current research project focuses on questions of “vertical integration” in peacebuilding contexts and, in particular, the ways in which international-level, state-level and community-level dynamics interact in complex war-to-peace transitions.
Awards and Achievements
Faculty Merit Award, Faculty of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University (2010).
University of Windsor Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity (2006).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of peace and conflict studies, security studies, or post-conflict peacebuilding.
Donais, Timothy, and Amy Knorr. “Peacebuilding from Below vs. the Liberal Peace: The Case of Haiti.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies. (2013)
Donais, Timothy. “Bosnia.” In S. Bergland et al (eds.), Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (2013).
Donais, Timothy. Peacebuilding and Local Ownership: Post-Conflict Consensus-Building. London: Routledge (2012).