The Dialogue, Empathic Engagement & Peacebuilding (DEEP) Network is a global community of peace workers, researchers and policy makers committed to a sustainable and peaceful world. The DEEP Network, in collaboration with marginalized local communities, initiates and supports intercultural dialogue and education projects grounded in “elicitive conflict transformation”, a systematic approach to conflict and peace practice that opens new, powerful pathways to peace and good living/buen vivir.  The DEEP Network projects:

  • promote diversity and intercultural understanding
  • bridge divides
  • foster empathy
  • empower marginalized voices and communities
  • transform conflict before it escalates into protracted violence
  • facilitate policy innovation

Our Story

In early 2014 several peace workers with connections to the peace master programs at Universitat Jaume I, Spain, The University of Innsbruck, Austria, and the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Australia, began a collaboration that has now expanded to include peace workers from all parts of the world.  The DEEP Network members, Advisory Board, and partners are from every continent and, as a result, projects reflect intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives and a rich diversity of expertise. The DEEP Network brings together scholars and practitioners, both experienced and early career. It includes mentoring and inter-generational exchange that strengthen the capacity of the early career participants and develop fresh and creative approaches.

DEEP Vision and Values

DEEP works towards a peaceful and ecologically sustainable world where people are able to reach their full potential, free from direct and structural violence.  Our members share the following values:

Cooperative & Collaborative:

Cooperation is a means and end to our work, which diverges from the competitiveness widely promoted as part of a neoliberal agenda. Values of cooperation and collaboration infuse relations among DEEP Network members, with partner communities and local stakeholders, and with other civil society organizations and NGOs, traditional authorities (e.g. indigenous peoples), bilateral and multilateral development agencies, intergovernmental organizations such as the UN, and state entities as we engage in joint projects of dialogue, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding.


Anyone with a project that fulfils the objectives and values of the Network is welcome to join, participate, and seek support. This inclusive approach generates a wide network of individuals, communities, and organizations, all working towards a peaceful and sustainable world.


While the Network has a leadership team consisting of coordinators of the various nodes and organizational tasks, each member of the Network is among equals. Decisions pertaining to the Network’s policies and activities are made collectively and consensually.

Culturally & Ecologically Sensitive:

Cultural sensitivity is fundamental, especially since Network projects are undertaken in diverse settings by intercultural teams. All projects include a culturally sensitive stakeholder engagement strategy to ensure the meaningful, effective and informed participation of stakeholders in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects. This helps avoid adverse impacts on the environment and human rights of people on the ground.

Organizational Structure

The DEEP Network currently has nodes in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Barcelona (Spain), France, Germany, Ghana, Kabul (Afghanistan), Kenya, Melbourne (Australia), Mexico City (Mexico), Multan (Pakistan), Nagoya (Japan), San Francisco (USA), Seoul (South Korea), Switzerland, Tangier (Morocco), and Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

Executive Circle

  • Dr Alberto Gomes, Network Director
  • Antoni Martinez, Director of DEEP Barcelona
  • Carla Chianese, Co-Director of DEEP Kenya
  • Celia Demoor, Director of DEEP France
  • Elizabeth Chapman, Director of DEEP Melbourne
  • Eunha Koh, Director of DEEP Korea
  • Dr Gloria Maria Abarca, Deputy Network Director & Director of Mexico City and Latin America Node
  • Jelena Mair, Co-Director of DEEP Switzerland
  • Dr Jennifer Murphy,  Director of DEEP San Francisco
  • Jawad Zawulistani, Co-Director of DEEP Kabul
  • Jima Denbel, Director of DEEP Addis Ababa
  • Joel Omino, Co-Director of DEEP Kenya
  • Kobra Moradi, Co-Director of DEEP Kabul
  • Dr Kinhide Mushakoji, Director of DEEP Nagoya
  • Lina Westermann, Co-Director of DEEP Germany
  • Marisa Geiser, Co-Director of DEEP Switzerland
  • Marisol Bock, Co-Director of DEEP Germany
  • Dr Michalis Michael, Coordinator of Research and Publications Committee
  • Mirko Sbeih, Co-Director of DEEP Germany
  • Dr Prize McApreko, Director of DEEP Ghana
  • Dr Purwo Santoso, Director of DEEP Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
  • Dr Said Bahajin, Director of Tangier and Arab Nations Node
  • Saqib Awan, Director of DEEP Multan (Pakistan)
  • Sanne de Swart, Networking Coordinator
  • Danilo Guerrero, Funding and Grants Coordinator
  • Robert Tedge, Web and ICT Coordinator
  • Dr Barbara Tint, Training and Consultancy Coordinator
  • Dr Makere Stewart Harawira, Policy and Social Responsibility Coordinator
  • Wibke Gehringer, Co-Director of DEEP Germany