SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC


Chen Jianrong

Visiting Scholar
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation


PhD Candidate, Jinan University, China
MA, Jinan University, China
BA, China Foreign Affairs University

Chen Jianrong

Mr. Chen Jianrong is a scholar of international relations, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. Currently, he is lecturer in the School of International Studies, deputy director of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, and director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Previously, he was visiting scholar at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Rotary International Peace Fellow; and the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Fellow.

Mr. Chen is the founder of China’s first peace research institute, the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jinan University. Established in 2012, the institute promotes interdisciplinary peace research and education in China. It also seeks to contribute to peacebuilding at the regional and global levels. To this end, the institute conducts in-depth research on China’s internal conflicts as well as international conflicts to which China is a party, provides conflict resolution training, and promotes peace education in China.

Since 2010, Mr. Chen has taught courses on peace studies and conflict resolution to some 800 undergraduate students from different majors at Jinan University. He is currently working to open a new master’s program in peace and conflict studies at Jinan University’s School of International Studies. He is also planning to host a Southeast Asia peace workshop, as well as a Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and mainland youth conflict transformation workshop. During his one-year appointment as visiting scholar of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute, he will work with his SIT colleagues to explore how to design a master’s program and how to facilitate workshops. In addition, Mr. Chen will work on his book Peace Education in USA: History and Practice.