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.

Call for applications: 3 PhD student positions at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Deadline for application October 4, 2016. 


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

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

On 23 September, Nina von Uexkull successfully defended her thesis Climate, Conflict and Coping Capacity - The Impact of Climate Variability on Organized Violence. Faculty opponent at the defense was Professor Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University. Professor Kristine Höglund chaired the disputation.

"Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace": 1st International Working Group Conference

The research project "Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace" held its 1st International Working Group Conference in Uppsala 5-8 September. The conference gathered around 30 scholars and professionals from multiple disciplines to discuss the concept of 'jihadist conflict' and revise the analytical framework of the project. As a part of the conference, a public seminar, Resolving Jihadist Wars: Prospects and Challenges, was organized on Tuesday 6 September together with the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). Prof. Monica Toft (University of Oxford) delivered the keynote address before a panel discussion also including project leader Prof. Isak Svensson (Uppsala University), Prof. I William Zartman (Johns Hopkins University), Prof. Mark Juergensmeyer (University of California Santa Barbara), Joel Ahlberg (FBA), and Dr. Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs (FBA) as the moderator. Drawing a large audience, the panel (pictured above) debated a number of key questions related to the conditions under which jihadist armed conflicts can be resolved.

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

On 10 September, Florian Krampe successfully defended his thesis Building Sustainable Peace - Understanding the Linkages between Social, Political, and Ecological Processes in Post-War Countries. Faculty opponent at the defense was Associate Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo. Associate Professor Magnus Öberg chaired the disputation.

More news from the Department

The department welcomes all new and old students

Research School presented ongoing projects at World Water Week in Stockholm 

New Peace Studies Center at Rosario University, Colombia, aims to assist Colombian peace process ahead

International Water Resources Book of the Year 2015

Almedalen 2016

Advisory board meeting for the project Women, war trauma and peace building

For more news, please see News Archive.

Call for applications

Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2017: 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 2017.

Applicants should be established and internationally recognised senior scholars with professorial competence in their respective fields of expertise. Normally, this translates to Professor, Associate Professor, or their equivalence.

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2016.

For more information please see the Calude Ake Visiting Chair webpage.

Blogs and media

Louise Olsson and Erika Forsberg discusses how the gender inequality relates to war and violence, how gender equality relates to peace and how these dynamics are important for 2030 and the sustainable development goals in two blogg posts in Mänsklig Säkerhet (in Swedish), titled "En jämnställd Agenda 2030: vägen mot mer fredliga samhällen?" (part 1 and part 2).  

Professor Ashok Swain has been interviewed by the Guardian regarding conflict and water scarcity situation in the Middle East. Swain has recently co-authrored a book, titled Emerging Security Threats in Middle East: The Impact of Climate Change and Globalization with Dr. Ander Jagerskog. 


Speaker Series

"Do Amnesties for Human Rights Violations Really Extend Post-Conflict Peace?"

6 October, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 6 October, Geoff Dancy, Asst. Professor of Political Science, Tulane University, will hold a lecture on "Do Amnesties for Human Rights Violations Really Extend Post-Conflict Peace?". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Philosophy Tea

The Regina Theatre will arrange two "Philosophy Tea" during the autumn semester; October 19 and December 14 (both at 3 PM). Lecturer Daniel Ogden and Professor Peter Wallensteen will discuss thinkers who have contributed to our understanding of peace and justice. The sessions are in English and there are discount tickets for students. For more information see the Regina Theatre website.

Dissertations 2016

Mathilda Lindgren will defend her dissertation: "Peacemaking Up Close: Expanding Mediator Styles of International Mediators" on 7 October, 10.00, in Gustavianum. The opponent is Associate Professor Kyle Beardsley, Duke University.

Nina von Uexkull defended her dessertation: "Climate, Conflict and Coping Capacity - The Impact of Climate Variability on Organized Violence" on 23 September, 10.30, in Zootissalen, EBC. The opponent was Professor Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University.

Florian Krampe defended his dissertation: "Building Sustainable Peace - Understanding the Linkages between Social, Political, and Ecological Processes in Post-War Countries" on 10 September, 13.00, in Gustavianum. The opponent was Associate Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo.

Ilmari Käihkö defended 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).

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.

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Recent Publications

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

Themnér, Anders and Mats Utas (2016), “Governance through Brokerage: Informal Governance in Post-Civil War SocietiesCivil Wars, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 255-280.

Ångström, Jan & Erik Noreen (2016)  ”Swedish strategy and the Afghan experience: from neutrality to ambiguity” in Holmberg, Anita and Jan Hallenberg (eds) The Swedish Presence in Afghanistan. Security and Defence Transformation. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 31-55.

Sundberg, Ralph (2016) “A veteran at last: the Afghan experience and Swedish veteran policy”  in Holmberg, Anita and Jan Hallenberg (eds) The Swedish Presence in Afghanistan. Security and Defence Transformation. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 160-182.

Elfversson, Emma, 2016. "Peace from below: Governance and peacebuilding in Kerio Valley, Kenya". Journal of Modern African Studies, Volume 54, Issue 3: 469-493.

Kim, Kyungmee and Jägerskog, Anders (2016) “Overseas investment in land and challenges in the Nile Basin: evident links from the Middle East and North Africa investment” in “Land and hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin – Challenges and new investments” edited by Sandström, Jägerskog, and Oestigaard.

Isak Svensson (ed): 'Conflict and Peace', in David Yamane: Handbook of Religion and Society (Springer), 2016, p 467-484

Svensson, Isak (2016). "Conceptualizing the Religious Dimensions of Armed Conflicts: A Response to “Shrouded: Islam, War, and Holy War in Southeast Asia", Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12251

Brounéus, Karen (2016). Truth for peace? Exploring the links between the Solomon Islands' TRC process and people's attitudes towards peace. A report for the Solomon Islands Government and Ministries.

Noreen, Erik with Roxanna Sjöstedt and Jan Ångström (2016) “Why small states join big wars: The case of Sweden in Afghanistan 2002–2014”, International Relations DOI: 10.1177/0047117816651125

Krampe, F. (2016). Water for peace? Post-conflict water resource management in KosovoCooperation and Conflict [Impact Factor: 1.375]

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.