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.

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.

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.


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

Reflecting on Peace: Experiences of Rotary Peace Fellows

The 2016 Annual Seminar of the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center, hosted by the Department, was held in Uppsala on 7 May. The Rotary Peace Fellows from Class XIII presented their research and shared experiences of peace work from around the world. In addition conference participants got the opportunity to hear from our keynote speaker Martin Schibbye. The seminar was followed by a dinner arranged by the Host Area Coordinator of the Rotary Peace Center Magnus Elfwendahl. For more information about the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center, visit the Center’s webpage or contact the center’s staff at

Rotary Annual Seminar Program 2016

More news from the Department

Alumni Talks: Democracy from Below or Above? Prospects and Challenges for Peace

ERC Advanced Grant to the Department to fund the development of ViEWS – a political Violence Early Warning System

The ISA Peace Studies Section’s Distinguished Scholars Award

International Relations and Religion

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Speaker Series

"Is There More Violence in the Middle?"

23 May, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 23 May, Yonatan Lupu, Asst. Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, will hold a lecture on "Is There More Violence in the Middle?". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

2016 ICCR Lecture

"Governance, Democracy and Development in India"

24 May 2016, 15.15-16.00 (Hall 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 24 May, Professor Amit Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and ICCR Chair Professor at Uppsala University, will hold a lecture on "Governance, Democracy and Development in India". 

In the scholarly debates on development, India has often been construed as the exception that proves the rule. From the modernization era debates, when economic development was seen as essential for sustaining democracy, to the more recent discussions about governance, India has proven to be a recalcitrant case to be theorized alongside the rest of the global South. Apparent paradoxes such as a coexistence of vibrant democracy with sluggish economic development and demands premised on ascriptive values demanding simultaneous development and recognition populate the polity. Clearly the uneven march of development itself has thrown up many challenges for liberal democracy and the state, to mention just a few.

The lecture will examine these issues with the help of three themes: the question of state capacity; the paradox of deepening of democracy premised on politics of recognition; and, the link constructed by the vulnerable sections of population between democracy and development in the era of governance. Select data from a 10,000-respondents sample survey will be deployed as the empirical basis of the arguments. 

The lecture will be followed by a reception at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research.

Dissertations 2016

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.

Ilmari Käihkö will defend 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).

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Recent Publications

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

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.

Ron E Hassner & Isak Svensson (2016), International Relations and Religion, SAGE Library of International Relations:

---Vol I: Religion and International Relations

---Vol II: Religion and War

---Vol III: Religion and Peace

---Vol IV: Religion, IR and Methodologies

Sundberg, Ralph, 2016, "Value Change and Stability in an ISAF Contingent", Journal of Personality, Vol.84, Issue 1, p.91-101

Gustavsson, Gina, van der Noll, Jolanda, & Ralph Sundberg, 2016, "Opposing the veil in the name of liberalism: popular attitudes to liberalism and Muslim veiling in the Netherlands", Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI:10.1080/01419870.2015.1124126