Gwendolyn Smith Ph.D.
Conflict Resolution Specialist/Trainer
I have a strong passion for supporting local communities in their journey to reach sustainable development. During my 20+ year field experience, I have learned that local communities have different ideas about development than the organizations who are giving development assistance. These conflicting perspectives fascinate me.
My scientific inquiry is founded on the principles of conflict resolution because I believe that conflicting perspectives are the cause of many problems in sustainable development. My work concentrates on helping both sides of the conflict: the local communities receiving development assistance and the businesses and organizations giving the development assistance.