Timothy Donais

Senior Fellow

Timothy Donais is an associate professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he teaches in the area of peace and conflict studies.


He joined Laurier in 2008, after having taught for four years in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. He received his PhD from Toronto’s York University in 2003.

Tim’s research focuses on post-conflict peace building, and he has recently completed a multi-year research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which explored issues of “local ownership” in peace building processes.

The project, which focused on the relationship between international and local actors in post-conflict contexts and on broader issues of authority and legitimacy in the making and implementation of policy in the aftermath of conflict, explored the dynamics of ownership in contemporary Bosnia, Haiti and Afghanistan.

Tim is the author of Peacebuilding and Local Ownership: Post-Conflict Consensus-Building (Routledge, 2012), The Political Economy of Peacebuilding in Post-Dayton Bosnia (Routledge, 2005) and the editor of Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform (Lit Verlag, 2008); he is also the author of more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters.