Stuart Rees

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Emeritus Professor
Stuart Rees
Fields Peace and Conflict Studies
Institutions University of Sydney
Notable awards Order of Australia

Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM is an Australian academic and author who is the Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation and Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia.[1]


He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, a Diploma of Social Studies, a Certificate of Social Casework and a Doctor of Philosophy.[2]

Academic career[edit]

From 1978 to 2000 Rees was Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Prior to this he taught at University of Aberdeen and University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, at University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, and at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin in the United States.

Professor Rees' awards include a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester, a Humanities Fellowship at the City University of Hong Kong, and honorary doctorate and the Award of Highest Honour for 'Contributions to World Peace' conferred in 1998 by Soka University, Japan. For four years he was an elected Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney.

Other activities[edit]

For six years he was a member of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council of New South Wales and is currently a council member of the Toda Research Institute into Global Governance and Human Security. He chairs the Energy Council of the State of New South Wales.

Rees has published numerous books and non-academic activities have included community development, probation services and social work in the UK and Canada; work with War on Poverty programs in the U.S.A.; and work with the Save the Children non-governmental organisation in India and Sri Lanka.

Rees is a regular broadcaster on Australia's ABC Radio about the "means and meaning of peace with justice".


In 2005 he was awarded a Membership of the Order of Australia for service to international relations, particularly as Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and through the establishment of the Sydney Peace Prize.[3]


  • Social Work Face to Face (1979)
  • Verdicts on Social Work (1982)
  • Achieving Power: Practice and Policy in Social Welfare (1991)
  • Human Rights, Corporate Responsibility: A Dialogue (2001)
  • Passion for Peace: Exercising Power Creatively (2004)


  1. ^ Each a mighty voice: a century of speeches from the Commonwealth Club
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  3. ^ Australian Government Honours