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

Conflict and democratisation in the 21st century

How can one promote democratisation without also increasing the risk of violent conflicts? A new research project headed by Professor Jørgen Møller seeks to find the answer to this question.  The CODE project is based at Aarhus University but involves an international team of researchers, including Professors Håvard Hegre and Kristine Höglund at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.

Two of the most important objectives in Western foreign policy is to promote democratisation and prevent violent conflict. Earlier research has shown that democratisation processes tend to trigger conflict – sometimes even civil wars. But how should this dilemma be tackled? Is it possible to establish both peace and freedom at the same time? And how can Western governments and NGOs contribute to preventing or resolving conflict without setting aside the democratic ideals? On an interdisciplinary basis, the researchers seek to understand the correlation between democratisation and conflict and how it plays out on different levels – from an international level to the level of the individual. This is done by combining historical and contemporary case studies and global statistical analyses with various forms of experiments.

More information on the project can be found at

DPCR Congratulates New Doctor in Peace Research

In the picture (from left): Chandra Lekha Sriram and Angela Muvumba Sellström

On 17 January Angela Muvumba Sellström successfully defended her thesis Stronger than Justice - Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence. Faculty opponent at the defense was Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, University of East London. Professor Peter Wallensteen chaired the disputation.

More news from the Department 

The year of 2014 in review: "Shockingly bad" 

Several successful project applications in 2014

The ISA Jacek Kugler Political Demography and Geography Student Paper Award

Lisa Hultman appointed to the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program

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

Peace Research: Now in Chinese

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Dissertations 2015

Angela Muvumba Sellström defended her dissertation: "Stronger than Justice - Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence" on 17 January, in Auditoriet, Muesum Gustavianum. The opponent was Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, University of East London.

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.