Alumni Senior Fellow

Dr Morgan Brigg

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-5230
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E-mail: brigg@spam


Dr. Morgan Brigg joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 2 “Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation” from March to November 2013.

Research Project at the Centre

Culture as 'Relational Resource' for Conflict Resolution and Global Cooperation

Scholars and practitioners have begun to recognize the value of culture as a resource for resolving conflict, but current major ways of conceptualizing culture tend to either overstate cultural difference or subsume it within cosmopolitan schema. Such problems in part arise because culture is a paradoxical and puzzling phenomenon, and thus not particularly amenable to dominant ways of knowing or expectations about what knowledge should achieve. This project contributes to developing transcultural cooperation by theorizing the 'relational' dimensions of culture, beginning from the ways in which cultural difference is formed in relationship and yet is no less significant for being formed in this way. It recalibrates existing ways of knowing culture by turning its apparent unknowability to an advantage rather than a problem to be solved, including by engaging with non-western ways of knowing and world views. By doing so it shows that culture is a crucial yet frequently overlooked phenomenon in the pursuit of global cooperation, and extends the basis for viewing cultural difference as a resource rather than a problem in conflict resolution.

Research Interests

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Culture and the Politics of Difference
  • Indigenous Political Philosophies and Systems
  • Peacebuilding and Governance across Difference
  • Development Studies
  • Alternative and Innnovative Methodologies

Current Projects

  • Relational Difference and Universalism: Utilising 'Culture' as  Resource for Conflict Resolution and Global Cooperation
  • Solomon Islands Goverance and Peacebuilding
  • Improving Governance in Community-Controlled Indigenous Health
  • The interplay of legislated and informal responses to inter-communal conflict in Indonesia


Since 01/2012 The University of Queensland, Australia
School of Political Science and International Studies
Senior Lecturer

Selected Publications

Brigg, Morgan (2011): Mediating Across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution (edited with Roland Bleiker), Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press

Brigg, Morgan (2011): Unsettling the Settler State: Creativity and Resistance in Indigenous-Settler State Governance (edited with Sarah Maddison), Sydney: Federation Press

Brigg, Morgan (2011): Old Cultures and New Possibilities: Marege’-Makassar Diplomacy in Southeast Asia, The Pacific Review 24, no.5: 601-623

Brigg, Morgan (2010): Autoethnographic International Relations: exploring the self as a source of knowledge (with Roland Bleiker) Review of International Studies 36, no. 3: 779-798

Brigg, Morgan (2010): Culture: Challenges and Possibilities, in: Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical Developments and Approaches, ed. O. Richmond. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

Brigg, Morgan (2009): The Developer’s Self: A Non-Deterministic Foucauldian Frame, Third World Quarterly 30, no. 8: 1411-1426

Brigg, Morgan (2009): Conceptualising Culture in Conflict Resolution (with Kate Muller), Journal of Intercultural Studies 30, no. 2: 121-140

Brigg, Morgan (2009): The Developer’s Self: A Non-Deterministic Foucauldian Frame, Third World Quarterly 30, no. 8: 1411-1426

Brigg, Morgan (2008): The New Politics of Conflict Resolution: Responding to Difference, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Brigg, Morgan (2008): Mawul Rom Project: Openness, Obligation and Reconciliation (with Anke Tonnaer), Australian Aboriginal Studies, no. 2: 3-15

Brigg, Morgan (2007): Biopolitics Meets Terrapolitics: Political Ontologies and Governance in Settler-Colonial Australia, Australian Journal of Political Science 42, no. 3: 403-417

Brigg, Morgan (2002): Post-Development, Foucault, and the Colonisation Metaphor, Third World Quarterly 23, no. 3: 421-436

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Principles for Deep-Seated Conflict Resolution
  • Resolving Deep-Seated Conflict
  • Indigenous Politics and Policy

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Dialogue Processes in the Pacific, UNDP Research Consultancy
  • Draft National Peacebuilding Policy Framework, Solomon Islands Government Consultancy

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