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Sara Ahlstrom


Associate Faculty


Humanitarian Studies


Sara Ahlstrom is an associate faculty member for the Master of Arts in Conflict Management program. She is an academic, practitioner, author and teacher who specializes in working with local government, organizational and community conflicts. Her current doctoral research focus is on local government and how trust impacts a municipality’s willingness to collaborate with each other.


Ahlstrom has a breadth of experience as a scholar-practitioner including working with a variety of processes from negotiation, mediation, arbitration, facilitation and restorative justice processes including Community Conferencing. Current work specializes in engagement with local government to help create a collaborative environment matching services and planning to benefit citizens and enhance places in which people can live, work and play.


Ahlstrom holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University (2010), a Human Resources Diploma with Distinction from MacEwan University (2004) and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan (1997).