Erin McCandless (PhD) is an academic and policy adviser with over two decades of experience working on and in conflict affected settings, broadly on issues of peacebuilding, statebuiding, governance, development and resilience – and their intersections. She is a part-time faculty member in The New School’s Julian J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa and co-founder and -Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.
Dr. McCandless serves as the first civil society Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
(“New Deal”) Implementation Working Group. Dr. McCandless consults widely across the United Nations and with other organizations, conducting
research and evaluation, facilitating strategic processes and conducting trainings. She is author of more than fifty publications, including three books
and several policy- and program-shifting United Nations reports. For more on her work see: www.erinmccandless.net