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.

Call for applications: 1 PhD student position

The position is fully funded by the university and is intended to begin in January 2016. For more information about the position and how to apply, see the department's PhD Program. Last application date: 2015-09-09


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 2015

Picture from left: Mohammad Fazlhashemi, Isak Svensson, Sofia Walan, Anna Lindman 

Associate Professor Isak Svensson participated on 29 June in a panel debate titled “Våld i Guds namn – hur kan vi bemöta och förebygga religiöst motiverat våld?” (”Violence in God’s name – how can we react to and prevent religious motivated violence?”). The panel debate was held in Visby as part of the annual Almedalsveckan. For more information about the seminar, see the seminar webpage

UCDP GED 1.9: 26 years of armed conflict and organised violence in Southeast Asia

The Uppsala Conflict Data Project at the Department launched on 11 June the UCDP Georeferenced Events Dataset release 1.9 (UCDP GED 1.9). The dataset covers individual incidents of armed conflict and organised violence (i.e. clashes, battles and attacks against civilians) in East and Southeastern Asia over a 26-year span covering January 1989 to December 2014. The data collected for each incident includes:

- location (latitude, longitude, administrative division) down to day and village level; completely geocoded;

- date of event start and end; precision score

- three fatality estimates, broken up by who died (civilian, military, rebel, other)

- reference to source material and material originator (who made the first statement about the event, i.e. police, eye-witnesses etc.).

In total, this extends the UCDP GED by over 10.000 events.

The dataset is the second released subset of the UCDP GED after Africa (1989-2010). The next subset of GED will be released in early October

2015 and will contain the remainder of Asia as well as updated data for Africa until 2014.

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

Photo: Krystal Renschler

On 4 June, a graduation ceremony was held for the students that concluded their Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The event was held in Uppsala domkyrka in the presence of their friends and families. On the occasion, Sebastian van Baalen was awarded the Mats Hammarström Prize for Outstanding Student Essay in Peace and Conflict Studies for his thesis entitled "'So the Killings Continued': Wartime Mobilisation and Post-war Violence in KawZulu-Natal, South Africa". The committee's motivation was to award Sebastian the prize "for a theoretically creative, empirically sophisticated essay which blends rigorous analysis with a compassionate interest in the lives of the people with whom it engages.". The department congratulates him and the rest of the students for their excellent achievements during the programme.

More news from the Department

Research for Peace

Peace and Security in Africa 2015-2016

New board of the DPCR Alumni Association elected

New Doctor in Peace and Conflict Research 

The department welcomes new PhD candidates

Roundtable on Nordic peace research

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Call for applications

Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Research

The Department is now looking to recruit one new faculty at the Senior Lecture level. For more information on the position and how to apply: Last application date: 2015-08-24

1 PhD student position at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

The position is fully funded by the university and is intended to begin in January 2016. For more information about the position and how to apply, see the department's PhD Program. Last application date: 2015-09-09


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.

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Recent Publications

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

Anna K. Jarstad and Kristine Höglund, 2015. "Local Violence and Politics in KwaZulu-Natal: Perceptions of Agency in a Post-Conflict Society", Third World Quarterly, 36(5): 967-984

Laskaris, Stamatis & Joakim Kreutz (2015) "Rising powers and the responsibility to protect: will the norm suvirve in the age of BRICS?" Global Affairs 1(2): 149-158.

Tore Wig, Håvard Hegre and Patrick M. Regan, 2015. Updated data on institutions and elections 1960–2012: presenting the IAEP dataset version 2.0. Research and Politics 2(2) April-June 2015. DOI: 10.1177/20531680155791

Brounéus, Karen, Mariane Wray and Peter Green (2015). "Underestimating the burden for peacekeepers? Difficulty in determining psychological well-being following operational deployment with low response rates from NZDF personnel." Journal of Military and Veterans' Health 23(2): 7-13

Isak Svensson (2015): “Conflict Mediation”, in James D. Wright (ed) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences; Elsevier

Themnér, Anders (2015), "Former Military Networks and the Micro-Politics of Violence and Statebuilding in Liberia," Journal of Comparative Politics Vol. 47, No. 3.

Victor A.O. Adetula, University of Jos, Nigeria. “African Conflicts, Development and Regional Organisations in the Post-Cold War International System”. Claude Ake Memorial Paper (CAMP) 8.

Guthrey, Holly L. Victim Healing and Truth Commissions: Transforming Pain Through Voice in the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Springer, 2015.

Käihkö, Ilmari. (2015). "'Taylor must go' - the strategy of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy". Small Wars & Insurgencies 26:2, 248-270

See interview with Ilmari Käihkö regarding the publication for more information. (In Swedish)