News from the Department

Book Launch

The return of geopolitics: What role can the UN, and regional organizations such as the EU and OSCE play in the Ukraine conflict?

Time: October 1, 16.30

Venue: Sal IX, Universitetshuset

Welcome to the book launch for Regional Organizations and Peacemaking - Challengers to the UN? The book launch takes the form of a panel discussion on the most significant geopolitical event in post Cold-War Europe, namely the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The panel gathers participants in the book project, both academics such as Peter Wallensteen and Inger Österdahl as well as ranking former diplomats, such as Rolf Ekéus, to share their thoughts and discuss the ongoing conflict in a discussion lead by moderator Olof Kleberg.

The book launch is organized by Uppsala Forum in cooperation with the Uppsala Association of International Affairs and Studieförbundet Näringsliv och Samhälle (SNS).

For more information see event flyer.


Philosophy Breakfasts

At the Regina Theatre, September 30, 8.00 am, in English. Lecturer Daniel Ogden and Prof Peter Wallensteen will discuss Machiavelli’s philosophy and thoughts about political ethics and peace. Breakfast will be served. 

For more information and tickets see the Regina Theatre website.


Claude Ake Memorial Lecture

How Noble the Impulse, How Harsh the Realities?

Twenty years of South African peacemaking and peacebuilding in Africa

By Professor Maxi Schoeman

Date: Wednesday October 22 at 15.15

Venue: Uppsala University Main Building, room IX

For more information see the Claude Ake Momorial Lecture flyer.


Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2015: Invitation to apply!

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute currently invite applications to the Claude Ake Visiting Chair for 2015. Applicants should be established and internationally recognised senior scholars with professorial competence in their respective fields of expertise.

Deadline for applications: 20 November 2014

For more information see the Claude Ake Visting Chair flyer and the Claude Ake Visiting Chair webpage.


Dissertation 2014

Johan Brosché defended his dissertation: "Masters of War - The Role of Elites in Sudan's Communal Conflicts" on 7 February, 13:15, in Hörsal Gunnar Johansson in Blåsenhus. The opponent was Professor Catherine Boone, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics.


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Welcome to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

The department welcomes visiting guests from New Zeeland and Germany

Naomi Johnstone and Johanna Lechner
In the photo: Naomi Johnstone and Johanna Lechner

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research is happy to welcome Naomi Johnstone and Johanna Lechner who will be visiting the department during the autumn. Naomi Johnstone will be at the deaprtment during September and Johanna Lechner until mid-December.

Naomi Johnstone is a practitioner/scholar in the fields of access to justice and conflict resolution from Aotearoa New Zealand. She is currently in her last year of a PhD at Otago University (NZ) and is working on writing up the human rights component of this during her month in Uppsala. She has previous experience working on short term projects for International IDEA, ICG, IDLO and UNORC in Aceh (Indonesia), Sri Lanka and Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) and is beginning in October as a Research Associate with the WANA Forum, Mljis El Prince Hassan, in Jordan. She has worked and published on Indigenous rights, particularly as Research Counsel for the Chief Judge of the Waitangi Tribunal in New Zealand. She is also an Executive Committee Member of Global Unites, a youth conflict transformation movement.

Johanna Lechner will undertake an internship at the department until December 2014. She is studying psychology in her 4th year at the University of Tübingen, Germany. Due to her interest in combining political science and psychological research she has the chance to work with Karen Brounéus in her current project on transitional justice in the Solomon Islands as well as within the UCDP.

The department welcomes all new and old students!

The new Master students (class of 2014-2016)

Welcome to the new academic year! The fall semester has just begun and the new Master students will be studying a course on the Causes of Armed Conflict over the next ten weeks. Our Master program in Peace and Conflict Studies has a strong international profile and attracts students from all around the world. Through elective courses, the program provides an opportunity to obtain an individual profile by specializing in areas such as conflict resolution or security challenges. The program also prepares students for a future career as practitioners. Many of our second-year students are now doing internships with various international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and other relevant employers.

Our Bachelor program in Peace and Development is one of the most popular programs at Uppsala University and the admission is highly competitive. The new students begin the program by taking the A-course in Peace and Conflict Studies together with 55 other Swedish and international students. The third-year program students are now taking a course in methods to prepare them for their Bachelor theses later this semester.

We currently have a total of 258 students enrolled in our undergraduate and master courses. The Department welcomes all new and old students to what we hope will be a challenging and exciting academic year!

Contact persons for further information on the Department:

Magnus Öberg (Head of Department)
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 27 87
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

Karen Brounéus (Director of Studies)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 23 27
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

Kristine Höglund (Director of Studies, PhD Programme)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 63 87
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

More news from the Department 

Claude Ake Professor 2014 - Maxi Schoeman

Regional Organisations in Peacemaking: Challengers to the UN?

Peace Research cited in US Congress

The UCDP’s latest data on armed conflicts in 2013 released

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

Publication of the first DPCR student journal

New board of the DPCR Alumni Association elected

For more news, please see News Archive


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Recent Publications

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


Fjelde, Hanne and Lisa Hultman, 2014. “Weakening the Enemy: A Disaggregated Study of Violence against Civilians in Africa”, Journal of Conflict Resolution 58(7): 1230-1257.  


Brounéus, Karen, 2014. The Women and Peace Hypothesis in Peacebuilding Settings: Attitudes of Women in the Wake of the Rwandan Genocide. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol 40(1): 125-151.


Fjelde, Hanne and Håvard Hegre, 2014. Political Corruption and Institutional Stability. Studies in Comparative International Development 49(3):267--299.


Jonathan Sutton, Charles Butcher and Isak Svensson: "Explaining Political Jiu-jitsu: Institution Building and the Outcomes of Regime Violence against Unarmed Protests", Journal of Peace Research, 2014, Vol. 51(5), 559–573


Peter Wallensteen and Anders Bjurner (eds) 2015. Regional Organisations in Peacemaking: Challengers to the UN?, London: Routledge (published August 2014)


Lotta Themnér and Peter Wallensteen 2014. Armed Conflicts 1946-2013. Journal of Peace Research. Vol 51 (4): 541-554.


Lundgren, Magnus & Isak Svensson, 2014. “Leanings and Dealings: Exploring Bias and Trade Leverage in Civil War Mediation by International Organizations”, International Negotiation, Vol. 19,  pp. 315-342.


Elin Bjarnegård and Erik Melander (2014). ‘Thailand’s Missing Democrats: Reds, Yellows, and the Silent Majority’ Foreign Affairs, 22 May.