Faculty of Business and Sustainable Development

Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute


The James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute was formally established in August 2017, under the auspices of the University of Seychelles. It is an ambitious and timely project that adds to the reputation of Seychelles as a peaceful nation making a widely recognized contribution to global society. The Institute also supports the university’s drive to develop niche areas of research and course opportunities with particular relevance to small island states.

Why Peace Studies in Seychelles?



To be an international hub for peace and diplomacy studies contributing to global peace through research, education, training and mediation.


Our mission is not to replicate the work of other international peace institutes but to make a practical contribution to the promotion and maintenance of peace and stability within the region and beyond:

  • by promoting ongoing research, training, and capacity building in peace and diplomacy studies;
  • by preventing, mitigating, and resolving conflicts through exchange of ideas and experience;
  • by facilitating high-level dialogue between global peacebuilding players;
  • by promoting the engagement of youth in peacebuilding.



Core funding – notably for staffing – is provided by the University of Seychelles. Additionally, the Institute relies on financial support obtained through research grants, as well as sponsorship by individuals and organisations.

Peace & Diplomacy Research Institute

Contact Us

Ms. Diana Benoit
Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute

Anse Royale
P.O. Box 1348
Mahé, Seychelles

+248 438 1222