Bruce White

Bruce White is an anthropologist who has pioneered methodologies to apply academic knowledge on identity and culture to real world practice.

A consultant to several international NGOs across conflict transformation, peacebuilding and health and human services sectors, Bruce is the Founding Director of the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD) and Academic Director of the OICD Institute. He is also former professor and former Dean of The Institute for the Liberal Arts, Doshisha University Kyoto, and an honorary research fellow at University College London's Department of Anthropology.

Bruce was brought up in Nigeria, New Orleans, London and Mississippi, and has lived and worked in Japan, Italy, Canada, the UK and Malta.

He holds degrees in Human Sciences and Social Anthropology from Durham University (BA, MA) and Oxford Brookes University (PhD).

As an academic, Bruce has developed undergraduate, graduate and professional courses in conflict and identity, applied anthropology and identity and conflict transformation, and has taught at Durham University, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University, Kyoto University and Doshisha University, Kyoto.

Bruce conceived the basic framework for Intra-Cultural Development (the theory and practice upon which the OICD operates) in 1998 and has led the interdisciplinary development of the approach since the early 2000s (read the OICD story). Bruce piloted applications of Intra-Cultural Development across Europe, Japan, Mali, Fiji, Guyana and Canada as means to develop a real world methodology for social transformation (now the EMIC method). Since the OICD's launch of the EMIC methodology in 2014, Bruce has conducted training courses for peacebuilders, policy-makers, academics, government and NGO representatives, culminating in the founding of the OICD Institute in 2020.

As OICD Executive Director, Bruce continues to work on expanding the organization’s programs, membership, partnerships, projects and scope of activities.

Bruce has published on the topics of Civic Engagement, Conflict Transformation, Generational Change and Conflict and Identity.

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OICD Director, Bruce White, presents to UNESCO and UNDP on OICD Methodology

Bruce White is OICD's Founding Director