Dr. Sean Byrne


Dr. Sean Byrne has authored more than 90 works on peacebuilding. He has written about ethnic conflict and peacebuilding, children and war, and the role of economic aid in peacebuilding. Other topics include women and peacebuilding, global peacemaking, and non-violent social action.

Byrne has also directly helped make peace happen as a consultant to the special advisor to the Irish Taoiseach on the decommissioning of weapons in Northern Ireland.

He is also a consultant on the Northern Ireland peace process to the Senior Advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Byrne and Dr. Jessica Senehi founded the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice in 2003 and the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) PhD program in 2006 – the first program of its kind in Canada. Four years later, the pair helped to co-found the joint MA program in PACS.

Byrne’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University.

Dr. Maureen Flaherty

Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College in August 2011. She came to the Mauro Centre following more than thirty years as a front-line social worker, therapist, consultant and educator specializing crisis and trauma recovery, intimate partner abuse, and innovations in social development.

Dr. Flaherty worked with child protection, foster care and adoption in Alberta and Saskatchewan before moving to Winnipeg to earn a master’s degree in social work at the University of Manitoba. She worked at Klinic Community Health Centre first as a counsellor and then the clinical director/consultant for both Klinic and Manitoba’s Family Violence Prevention Program. She also worked on a CIDA-funded project in community development and education in Ukraine, Russia, and with a project in China.

Dr. Flaherty has worked as an instructor for both the Inner City and Aboriginal-focused social work programs and co-facilitated the SPARC Summer Institute on Storytelling for Peace and Human Rights in summer, 2010. Dr. Flaherty earned her PhD in peace and conflict studies in 2011 from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include gendered perspectives in interpersonal violence, narrative, peace education, and community development all in the processes of peaceful living.

Dr. Jessica Senehi

Dr. Senehi is an associate professor with the PhD program in peace and conflict studies and and founding associate director of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College. Senehi’s research interests include: The role of the narrative, story, and art in conflict resolution; culture and conflict; children and war; peace education. She has published various articles and books on these topics, most recently Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies and Violence: Prevention and Intervention. 

With Sean Byrne, she co-directed The North American Conflict Resolution Program: A Cross Cultural, Interdisciplinary Experiment in Peacebuilding student exchange sponsored by a grant from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. With two other academics, she is assessing the Jerusalem Stories Project. She is the organizer and artistic director of Winnipeg’s annual International Storytelling Festival as well as the academic institute Storytelling for Peacebuilding and Renewing Community (SPARC) that is situated in the Mauro Centre.