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 advanced levels.

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

The year of 2014 in review: "Shockingly bad" 

Professor Peter Wallensteen discuss with Associate Professor Isak Svensson about the patterns of peace and conflict in the world during 2014, and what we can expect to come in the year ahead. Listen to the Podcast.

Several successful project applications in 2014

Researchers at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research have received several grants for projects stretching over three to four years.

  • Ashok Swain (project leader) and Jonathan Hall has received a 3-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for the research project “Intergroup trust after war: The effects of migration”.
  • Erika Forsberg (project leader) and Louise Olsson (Folke Bernadotte Academy) received a 3-year grant from the Swedish Research Council, for the research project “Inequality and insurgency in India: a disaggregated analysis of the link between gender inequality and armed conflict”.
  • Karen Brounéus (project leader) and Erika Forsberg has received a 4-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for the research project “Women, war trauma and peacebuilding”.
  • Hanne Fjelde (project leader), Lisa Hultman and Paul Huth (University of Maryland) has received a 3-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for the research project “Threatening Ties: Understanding wartime civilian targeting along ethnic lines”.
  • Desirée Nilsson (project leader), Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Ibrahim Bangura has received a 4-year grant for the research project “An Impediment or Inducement to Peace? The Inclusion of Civil Society Actors in Peace Processes”.

The ISA Jacek Kugler Political Demography and Geography Student Paper Award

The department congratulates Nina von Uexkull, who recieved the ISA Jacek Kugler Political Demography and Geography Student Paper Award 2014. The award recognizes her paper "Climate variability and the local correlates of communal conflicts, Sub-Saharan Africa 1989-2008”  as the best paper with a political demography and geography theme written by a phd candidate and presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention.

Lisa Hultman appointed to the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program

The Department congratulates Associate Professor Lisa Hultman for being appointed to the Wallenberg Academy Fellows career program. The program was established by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation in 2012 and provides long-term funding for promising young researchers from all academic fields.

- It is a very prestigious program and a fantastic opportunity for Lisa to continue to build a strong research group on an extremely important topic – violence against civilians, comments Head of Department Magnus Öberg.

As an Academy Fellow, Lisa Hultman will investigate the best way of protecting civilians while broadening the view of human security to include also sexual assaults and the displacement of people from their homes. She will also investigate how various types of interventions might reinforce or counteract each other, or have contradicting short and long term effects.

For more information visit the Knut and alice Wallenberg Foundation website

More news from the Department 

New infrastructure project: A New Platform for the Uppsala Conflict Data Program

Peace Research: Now in Chinese

DPCR Congratulates New Doctor in Peace Research

Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Book Launch with Focus on the Ukraine Crisis

The department welcomes all new and old students!

Claude Ake Professor 2014 - Maxi Schoeman

For more news, please see News Archive.


InstagramThe Deaprtment now on Instagram!

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Dissertation 2014

Daniel Strandow defended his dissertation: "Fighting for Aid - Foreign Funding and Civil Conflict Intensity" on 18 October, 14:15, in Sal IX in Universitetshuset. The opponent was Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, University of Essex.

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.

Call for applications

Peace and Security in Africa (PASA) 2015

Application to Peace and Security in Africa (PASA) 2015-2016 is now open. Closing date for applications is 15 February 2015. For more information about PASA and eligibility, see the PASA webpage.


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Recent Publications

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

Isak Svensson. 2015. International Mediation Bias and Peacemaking: Taking Sides in Civil Wars, London: Routledge

Peter Wallensteen 2014. Uppsala konfliktdataprogram 35 år - från nattliga radioinspelning till sekundsnabb nerladdning i Bolkéus Blom, Mattias och Lars Magnusson (red) Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten vid Uppsala universitet 50 år, 1964-2014. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, s 39-52. 

Von Uexkull, Nina. 2014. “Sustained Drought, Vulnerability and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Political Geography 43: 16–26.

Hultman, Lisa, Jacob Kathman, and Megan Shannon. 2014. "Beyond Keeping Peace: United Nations Effectiveness in the Midst of Fighting." American Political Science Review 108(4): 737-753.

Joakim Kreutz (2015) "Human rights, Geostrategy, and Eu Foreign Policy, 1989-2008" International Organization 69(1). First view.

Joakim Kreutz (2015) "The war that wasn't there: Managing unclear cases in conflict data" Journal of Peace Research 52(1).

Buhaug, Halvard, Jonas Nordkvelle, Thomas Bernauer, Tobias Böhmelt, Michael Brzoska, Joshua W. Busby, Antonio Ciccone, Hanne Fjelde, Erik Gartzke, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Jack A. Goldstone, Håvard Hegre, Helge Holtermann, Jasmin S. A. Link, P. Michael  Link, Päivi Lujala, John O’Loughlin, Clionadh Raleigh, Jürgen Scheffran, Janpeter Schilling, Todd G. Smith, Ole Magnus Theisen, Richard S. J. Tol, Henrik Urdal, and Nina von Uexkull. 2014. "One Effect to Rule Them All? A Comment on Climate and Conflict." Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1266-1

Themnér, Lotta and Peter Wallensteen 2014. Patterns or organized violence, 2003-12, SIPRI Yearbook 2014: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, Oxford University Press, pp 70-92.