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

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

The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) at the Department has received a 2-year grant from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, to design and build a publicly accessible web-based platform for visualization and extraction of UCDP data. The aim is to make all UCDP data available to the research community and the general public in a user-friendly, flexible and interactive manner. The new platform will offer a variety of visualization and extraction tools and will be designed in close contact with users. For more information, contact Margareta Sollenberg.

More news from the Department 

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.


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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.

Speaker Series

"International Insurance: Explaining Why Militant Groups Participate in Elections"

27 November, 13.15-15.00 (sal 2 Gamla Torget 3)

On 27 November, Aila Matanock, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, will hold a lecture on "International Insurance: Explaining Why Militant Groups Participate in Elections". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

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.

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.


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Recent Publications

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

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

Isak Svensson and Magnus Lundgren: “Mediation and peace agreements”, SIRPI Yearbook 2014: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, Oxford University Press, p. 43-44

Wallensteen, Peter and Patrik Johansson 2014. The United Nations Security Council in state-based armed conflicts, 2003-12. SIPRI Yearbook 2014: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, Oxford University Press, pp 56-69.

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.