Bachelor Program

Are you interested in issues of peace and development? Wondering why people participate in armed conflicts? We offer a 3-year Bachelor's Program in Peace and Development Studies.

If you are admitted to the Bachelor Programme, you can find registration information here.

Master Program

One of the most popular programs at Uppsala University, our 2-year Master Program in Peace and Conflict Studies brings together students from all corners of the world. The program prepares graduates for a professional career as analysts or researchers within the international field of peace and conflict.

If you are admitted to the Master Programme, you can find registration information here.

Freestanding Courses

The Department offers a number of freestanding courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Uppsala Rotary Peace Center

The Department is proud to host one of the six Rotary International Peace Centers. Students from all over the world can apply to Rotary scholarships to pursue a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Department.

PhD Program

We offer a 4-year PhD program in Peace and Conflict Research.

Call for applications: 2 PhD student positions at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Deadline for application October 4, 2016. 


Magnus Öberg (Head of Department)
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 27 87

Karen Brounéus (Director of Studies)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 23 27

Kristine Höglund (Director of Studies, PhD Programme)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 63 87

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Welcome to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Almedalen 2016

On 6 July Professor Peter Wallensteen moderated a panel debate titled “Kärnvapennedrustning genom avtal – problem och möjlgiheter” (Nuclear disarmament through agreements – problems and possibilities). The panel debate was held in Visby as part of the annual Almedalsveckan. For more information about the seminar, see the seminar webpage

Watch the seminar.

Almedalen 2016

On 4 July Professor Isak Svensson and Assistant Professor Joakim Kreutz, both members of the East Asian Peace Program’s core group, participated in a panel debate titled “Är freden i Östasien hotad?” (Is the peace in East Asia threatened?). Advisory Board Member Börje Ljunggren also participated in the panel. The debate was moderated by Ulf Mårtensson. The panel debate was held in Visby as part of the annual Almedalsveckan. For more information about the seminar, see the seminar webpage. For more information about the East Asian Peace Program, see the program website.

Professor Peter Wallensteen moderated a panel debate, also on 4 July, titled "Vad hände inom global säkerhetspolitik under året som gick?" (What happened within global security politics during the past year?). For more information about the seminar, see the seminar webpage

Advisory board meeting for the project Women, war trauma and peace building

In the photo from the left: Karen Brounéus, Karin Dyrstad, Henrik Urdal, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Emma Fulu, Simon Pierre Boulanger Martel, Erika Forsberg, and Peter Wallensteen  

The first Advisory board meeting of the Women, war trauma and peace building project is taking place on June 30-July 1 at the Department. The aim of the project is to study the complex and possibly gendered links between war trauma, psychological health and attitudes towards peace, to better understand the challenges women and men face in the aftermath of war. The first country of study will be Sri Lanka, from where project leader Karen Brounéus and co-investigator Erika Forsberg recently returned from a planning visit with research partners at the University of Colombo. The Advisory board consists of Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (South Africa), Dr Emma Fulu (Australia), Dr Henrik Urdal (Norway) and our own Professor Peter Wallensteen. Also in the picture research assistant Simon Pierre Boulanger Martel and Karin Dyrstad (Norway) with whom the project team collaborates.

More news from the Department

Launch of film about East Asian Peace

New data from the Department highlighted by Swedish media

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

New Doctors in Peace and Conflict Research

For more news, please see News Archive.


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In the media

Professor Peter Wallensteen was interviewed by Swedish Radio (Vetenskapsradion, SR, 15 July) on the topic of terrorism following the attack in Nice. Listen to the interview (in Swedish).


Philosophy Tea

The Regina Theatre will arrange two "Philosophy Tea" during the autumn semester; October 19 and December 14 (both at 3 PM). Lecturer Daniel Ogden and Professor Peter Wallensteen will discuss thinkers who have contributed to our understanding of peace and justice. The sessions are in English and there are discount tickets for students. For more information see the Regina Theatre website.

Dissertations 2016

Florian Krampe will defend his dissertation: "Building Sustainable Peace - Understanding the Linkages between Social, Political, and Ecological Processes in Post-War Countries" on 10 September, 13.00, in Gustavianum. The opponent is Associate Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo.

Ilmari Käihkö defended his dissertation: "Bush Generals and Small Boy Battalions - Military Cohesion in Liberia and Beyond" on 3 June in Borgen, Orphei Drängars plats 1, Uppsala. The opponent is Professor Koen Vlassenroot (Ghent University).

Colin Walch defended his dissertation: "Conflict in the Eye of the Storm - Micro-dynamics of Natural Disasters, Cooperation and Armed Conflict" on 20 February in Gustavianum. The opponent was Professor Richard Matthew, University of California Irvine.

Click image for the East Asian Peace Program's webpage

Recent Publications

For a complete list of publications from the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, please see Publications.

Isak Svensson (ed): 'Conflict and Peace', in David Yamane: Handbook of Religion and Society (Springer), 2016, p 467-484

Svensson, Isak (2016). "Conceptualizing the Religious Dimensions of Armed Conflicts: A Response to “Shrouded: Islam, War, and Holy War in Southeast Asia", Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12251

Brounéus, Karen (2016). Truth for peace? Exploring the links between the Solomon Islands' TRC process and people's attitudes towards peace. A report for the Solomon Islands Government and Ministries.

Noreen, Erik with Roxanna Sjöstedt and Jan Ångström (2016) “Why small states join big wars: The case of Sweden in Afghanistan 2002–2014”, International Relations DOI: 10.1177/0047117816651125

Krampe, F. (2016). Water for peace? Post-conflict water resource management in KosovoCooperation and Conflict [Impact Factor: 1.375]

Ilmari Käihkö. Mystical and Modern Transformations in the Liberian Civil War. 2016. In Peter Haldén and Peter Jackson (eds.). Transforming Warriors: The Ritual Organization of Military Force. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 126-143.

Håvard Hegre, Halvard Buhaug, Katherine V. Calvin, Jonas Nordkvelle, Stephanie T. Waldhoff, and Elisabeth Gilmore, 2016: ''Forecasting civil conflict along the shared socioeconomic pathways''. Environmental Research Letters 11(5)054002.

Krampe, Florian & Ashok Swain. 2016. Human Development and Minority Empowerment – Exploring regional perspectives on peace in South Asia. In Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda, Jasmin Ramovic (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace, Basingstoke: Palsgrave Macmillan, pp. 363-375.

Krampe, F. (2016). Empowering peace: service provision and state legitimacy in Nepal’s peace-building process. Conflict, Security & Development, 16(1), 53–73. 

Brosché, J. and K. Höglund (2016). "Crisis of Governance in South Sudan: Electoral Politics and Violence in the World's Newest Nation." Journal of Modern African Studies 54(1): 67-90.