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), Canada, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Kabul (Afghanistan), Kenya,  Korea, Melbourne (Australia), Mexico City (Mexico), Nagoya (Japan), Pakistan, San Francisco (USA), Spain, Switzerland, Tangier (Morocco), and Yogyakarta (Indonesia).

Executive Circle

  • Dr Alberto Gomes, Network Director
  • Dr Gloria Maria Abarca, Deputy Director
  • Amaral Palevi
  • Carla Chianese
  • Celia Demoor
  • Dilawar Khan
  • Jelena Mair
  • Marisol Bock
  • Priscyll Avoine
  • Dr Purwo Santoso
  • Sanne de Swart

Node Directors

  • Aimeerim Tursalieva, Switzerland
  • Angeles Duran, Spain
  • Antoni Martinez, Spain
  • Carla Chianese, Kenya
  • Celia Demoor, France
  • Dilawar Khan, Pakistan
  • Elizabeth Chapman, Melbourne (Australia)
  • Eunha Koh, Korea
  • Dr Gloria Maria Abarca, Mexico City and Latin America
  • Jelena Mair, Switzerland
  • Dr Jennifer Murphy,  San Francisco (US)
  • Jawad Zawulistani, Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Jima Denbel, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Joel Omino, Kenya
  • Kobra Moradi, Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Dr Kinhide Mushakoji, Nagoya (Japan)
  • Lina Westermann, Germany
  • Malik Masroor, Pakistan
  • Marisa Geiser, Switzerland
  • Marisol Bock, Germany
  • Meaghan Harvey, Canada
  • Mirko Sbeih, Germany
  • Dr Prize McApreko, Ghana
  • Dr Purwo Santoso, Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
  • Dr Said Bahajin, Tangier and Arab Nations
  • Shazia Manzar, Pakistan
  • Wibke Gehringer, Germany

Sub-circle Coordinators

  • Sanne de Swart, Networking and Communications
  • Robert Tedge & Martim Silveira, Web and ICT
  • Dr Alexander Horstmann & Islam Gabi, Funding and Grants
  • Dr Michalis Michael, Research and Publications
  • Amaral Palevi & Kevin Brenneman, Training and Consultancy