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Ronald Fisher Prof Emeritus School of International Service

PhD, University of Michigan; MA, University of Saskatchewan; BA, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Ronald Fisher is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program. He was the founding coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has taught at a number of universities in Canada, the United States, and Europe in peace studies and conflict resolution.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Fisher's primary research interests focus on interactive conflict resolution, which involves informal, third party interventions in protracted and violent ethno-political conflict. He has worked on the longstanding dispute in Cyprus and similar conflicts in other parts of the world.

Selected Publications

  • "Interactive Conflict Resolution: Addressing the Essence of Ethnopolitical Conflict and Peacebuilding," In J. Senehi, I.M. Scott, S. Byrne and T. Matyok (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding and Ethnic Conflict. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 118-130, 2023.
  • Fisher, R., Tadevosyn, M. and Cuhadar, E. The USIP Learning Agenda: An Evidence Review: Track Two Dialogues. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2023.
  • "Transfer Effects from Problem-Solving Workshops to Negotiations: A Process and Outcome Model," Negotiation Journal, 2020.
  • Ronald J. Fisher: A North American Pioneer in Interactive Conflict Resolution, Heidelberg, Germany, 2016.
  • Fisher, R. J., Kelman, H. C. and Nan, S. A. "Conflict analysis and resolution," In L. Huddy, D.Sears and J. Levy, (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 489-521, 2013.
  • "Assessing the Contingency Model of Third Party Intervention in Successful Cases of Prenegotiation," Journal of Peace Research, 2007.   
  • "Interactive Conflict Resolution," In I.W. Zartman (ed.), Peacemaking in International Conflict (rev. ed.). Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2007.    
  • "Intergroup Conflict," In P.T. Coleman, M. Deutsch and E.C. Marcus (eds.), The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (3rd ed.), Jossey-Bass, pp. 230-252, 2014.    
  • Paving the Way: Contributions of Interactive Conflict Resolution to Peacemaking, Lexington Books, 2005.   
  • "Cyprus: The Failure of Mediation and the Escalation of an Identity-Based Conflict to an Adversarial Impasse," Journal of Peace Research, 2001, pp. 307-326.   
  • Interactive Conflict Resolution, Syracuse University Press, 1997.



Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association, 2017
  • Nevitt Sanford Award for Professional Contributions, International Society of Political Psychology, 2011
  • Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, 2006
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association, 2004
  • Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award, American Psychological Association, Peace Psychology Division, 2003
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, Peace Psychology Division, 2001
  • Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, 2001

Executive Experience

  • American Psychological Association, 1977-
  • Canadian Psychological Association, 1976
  • Canadian Peace Research and Education Association, 1980-
  • Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, 1979-89
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility, 1997-
  • International Peace Research Association, 1985-
  • International Studies Association, 2000-
  • International Association for Conflict Management, 1986-
  • International Society of Political Psychology, 1986- 
  • The Network for Conflict Resolution, 1986-