Owen Frazer

Mediating impasses in civil war peace negotiations

Supervisors: Professor Paul Jackson and Dr Martin Ottmann

Owen is a Senior Programme Officer in the Mediation Support Team of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and undertakes his doctoral studies on a part-time basis. His work at CSS focuses on mediation in violent political conflict, with an emphasis on conflicts with religious dimensions. His responsibilities include providing trainings to practitioners and policy-makers, developing practice and policy guidance, and directly supporting mediation and conflict transformation processes. Prior to joining the CSS, Owen worked for Oxfam in the UK, WaterAid in Ethiopia, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Pakistan, Russia, and at headquarters.


  • MA Conflict Resolution (University of Bradford)
  • BA (Oxon) Philosophy, Politics and Economics


I am researching how facilitative mediation contributes to progress in peace negotiations to end civil wars. By focusing on how mediation helps to overcome impasses in peace negotiations, I aim to further our theoretical understanding of how facilitative mediation works. I apply process tracing techniques to study the impasses in the UN-mediated El Salvador peace negotiations of 1989-1992.

Research Interests

  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Negotiation and Mediation
  • Religion and Conflict

Professional memberships

  • Conflict Research Society
  • Certified Mediator with the Swiss Mediation Association (Schweizerischer Dachverband Mediation)


Contact details:

Email: ODF645@student.bham.ac.uk