E11 S11 Casting Votes, Shaping Futures: Careers at the Intersection of Peace, Conflict, and Governance with Dr. Katherine Collin

Summary & Key Takeways

Dive into an insightful discussion with Dr. Katherine Collin, Director of the Conflict Resolution MA Program at Georgetown University in which we will explore the profound influence of democratic processes on governance and peace in areas affected by conflict. This episode explores diverse career paths and challenges within this crucial sector, emphasizing how democratic engagement contributes to building sustainable peace and robust institutions.

Why You Should Listen:

  • Career Opportunities: Learn about the range of career paths working at the intersection of governance, conflict, policy and peace. 
  • Navigating Complexities: Understand the challenges of creating sustainable peace and governance structures through democratic means.
  • Sector Insights: Gain a holistic view of the sector from an experienced professional at the forefront of peace operations and democratic transitions.

What we Cover

  • Democratic Processes & Peacebuilding: Analyze the essential role of elections and referendums in conflict-affected areas and their potential to underpin careers focused on international relations.
  • Skills for Success: Discuss the skill sets necessary for impactful work in the fields of peace, conflict, and governance.
  • Professional Pathways: Consider the varied opportunities and challenges faced by professionals at this intersection and what it means for career development.

Why is PCDN doing this? PCDN's mission is to empower professionals and students to build careers that drive social change. This episode, featuring Dr. Collin's expertise, provides in-depth insights and guidance for those looking to make informed decisions about their career paths in peace and governance.

About Dr. Katherine Collin: At Georgetown University, Dr. Katherine Collin steers the M.A. in Conflict Resolution Program with an informed perspective forged through extensive academic and field experience. Her academic credentials include a Ph.D. from American University's School of International Service, an M.A. in international policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and a B.A. in history and peace & conflict studies from UC Berkeley. Dr. Collin's career has taken her from a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brookings Institution to collaborating with major international organizations such as the United Nations and IFES. She has worked on election projects with refugee and expat communities in various regions, including the US, Europe, Asia, MENA, and sub-Saharan Africa. Her research and teaching are deeply informed by her commitment to understanding how democratic decision-making processes can contribute to or complicate the quest for peace.

To learn more about Katherine’s work and gain further insights, listen to the full episode on our website or your preferred podcast platform. Also a few organizations to explore mentioned in the episode include:

Georgetown Conflict Resolution Program

Brooking Institution


United Nations

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