Stephanie Stobbe, an Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College (a College of CMU) at the University of Winnipeg, is a leading expert on Southeast Asian processes of dispute resolution. As an active educator, trainer, and ADR practitioner, she has worked and conducted research in Canada, United States, South America, Europe, India, and Asia. As part of an American Bar Association team of experts, Stephanie discussed “Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding: Implementing the Secretary-General’s Report on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding” and provided recommendations to the United Nations Development Programme, Peacebuilding Support Office as they address UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1889. She also served as a Visiting Professor/Researcher at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii.
Stephanie has been invited to work with local citizens to develop the first conflict resolution and peacebuilding program in Laos, and to conduct research on traditional mediation processes and conflict resolution rituals. In 2013, Stephanie co-facilitated a series of seminars and workshops for political leaders in Myanmar (Burma) on institutional designs in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and reconciliation as the country transitions to democratic governance. More recently, she was invited to work with the Thai Ministry of Justice directors and staff on cross-cultural conflict resolution, mediation, and community justice programs.
Her recent books include, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Laos: Perspective for Today’s World (2015) and Conflict Resolution in Asia: Mediation and Other Cultural Models (2018). Currently, she serves as Lexington Publishing Series Book Editor for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia. Another area of her research focuses on refugees and forced migration. In 2016, Stephanie chaired CARFMS 9th Annual Conference on Freedom of Movement of refugees and forced migrants that brought 350 participants from over 20 countries. Her current research projects include conducting oral histories of former refugees from Southeast Asia and their resettlement journeys; and examining European and International policies and their impact on refugees and forced migrants fleeing to Europe. In 2019, Stephanie has been awarded a Fellow of McLaughlin College at York University for her work in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and on refugees. Currently, she serves on the Expert Advisory Board of the new Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies at Auckland University.