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.

Call for applications: Minor Field Studies Scholarships 2015. Deadline 9 April.

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.

Call for applications: Minor Field Studies Scholarships 2015. Deadline 9 April.

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

Introductory event of the International Centre for Water Cooperation

Photo: SIWI

On 23 March 2015, an introductory event of Sweden’s first UNESCO Category II Centre, the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) was organized at SIWI, Stockholm. The ICWC is the first Category II Centre in the world to focus on the relationship between transboundary water and peace, conflict and development. In collaboration with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, the ICWC has set up the Research School for International Water Cooperation at Uppsala. Three PhD candidates, Stefan Döring, Charlotte Grech-Madin and Kyungmee Kim are now conducting water cooperation-related research through the School. A post-doc is also being recruited to join soon. Swedish Minister for Education, Gustav Fridolin and representatives from UNESCO, Uppsala University and Gothenburg University attended the introductory event on 23rd March. Minister Fridolin reiterated the government’s commitment to working with water cooperation issues, in particular cooperation over transboundary waters. In the event, Professor Ashok Swain gave a presentation of the Research School.  

More news from the Department

The department welcomes visiting guest from New Zeeland

UCDP presented at the Diplomatic Forum in Stockholm

DPCR Researchers on National Television

International mediation: On Ukraine, Syria, and the Professionalisation of International Mediation Processes 

The European Institute of Peace

Stockholm Peace Talks

For more news, please see News Archive.

Call for applications

Post Doc International Water Cooperation

The International Centre for Water Cooperation (under the auspices of UNESCO) at SIWI is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher with knowledge and experience in international water cooperation contributing to a project entitled: Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work. This post-doc will be located at Uppsala University, Sweden working within the Department on Peace and Conflict Research. See advert for more information. Final date for applications is 20 April 2015.

Minor Field Studies Scholarships

The Department has received four Minor Field Studies (MFS) scholarships. Final date for applications is 9 April 2015. For application material and more information about MFS, see the MFS-section


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Speaker Series

"Just a War Theory?: American Public Attitudes on the Ethics of War"

16 April, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 16 April, Benjamin Valentino, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth University, will hold a lecture on "Just a War Theory?: American Public Attitudes on the Ethics of War". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Annual Seminar of the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center

Join us on 9 May for the 2015 Annual Seminar of the Uppsala Rotary Peace Center! The seminar provides an exciting opportunity to hear about the research conducted by our peace fellows. It also features Hans Rosling as keynote speaker and a talk by K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, president-elect of Rotary International. 

Register your participation here! As space is limited, please register early!

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.


Click image for the East Asian Peace Program's webpage

Recent Publications

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

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)

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).