In the foreword of Hugh Miall’s 1992 book The Peacemakers, reference is made to “the first conference of British professionals concerned with [peace and conflict resolution] was held in 1963 and the International Peace Research Association was founded later the same year“.
The International Peace Research Association (home page) (Wikipedia entry) (Facebook page) says “International Peace Research Association is the largest and most established global professional organisation in the field of peace research, addressed from a wide range of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives“. So it is for researchers rather than practitioners. Their ‘brief history’ tab goes to a 40 page document – not a good sign.
The membership link asks for sponsorship. The ‘becoming a member’ link asks for conference sponsorship. Click on Membership Form to actually get details; it is €100 per year for students, ouch! Their web site is a mess with links going to an index of pages and no content or ‘PAGE COMING SOON’ with a 2014 copyright message.
The Facebook page is very sparse, with nothing since 2016.
According to JSTOR, they were responsible for the International Journal of Peace Studies from 1996 to 2013.
Conclusion: not interested. Was intended for researchers, not practitioners. Probably moribund.
There is also the IPRA Foundation (home page) (Facebook page) which says “The mission of the IPRA Foundation is to advance the field of peace research through rigorous investigation into the causes of conflict and examination of alternatives to violence. Peace researchers inform peace activities that inspire visions of a peaceful world.” and “Founded in 1990 the IPRA Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, furthers the purposes and activities of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) which, since 1965, has sought to enhance the processes of peace.”
Other things to look up:
- There is a thing called EUPRA, the European Peace Research Association, euprapeace.org/eupra/