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.

The Department is seeking to fill 1 PhD position with focus on natural disasters and climate change (UFV-PA 2017/2311).


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

The department welcomes all new and old students

The new Bachelor students (class of 2017-2020) and the new Master students (class of 2017-2019) attend a lecture by Professor Peter Wallensteen (via video link from University of Notre Dame), organized by Associate Professor and Bachelor coordinator Erik Noreen.

Welcome to the new academic year! The fall semester has just begun and the new Bachelor students are taking the A-course in Peace and Conflict Studies. The third-year program students are now taking a course in methods to prepare them for their Bachelor theses later this semester. Our Bachelor program in Peace and Development is one of the most popular programs at Uppsala University and the admission is highly competitive.

The new Master students has begun by studying a course on the Causes of Armed Conflict. Our Master program in Peace and Conflict Studies has a strong international profile and attracts students from all around the world. Through elective courses, the program provides an opportunity to obtain an individual profile by specializing in areas such as conflict resolution or security challenges. The program also prepares students for a future career as practitioners. Many of our second-year students are now doing internships with various international organizations, government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and other relevant employers.

The Department welcomes all new and old students to what we hope will be a challenging and exciting academic year!

Alva Myrdal’s place in Uppsala inaugurated

Louise Olsson

On 8 September, in memory of Alva Myrdal and her efforts for peace and nuclear disarmament, Alva Myrdal’s place was inaugurated in Uppsala. Louise Olsson, researcher at the Department and at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) gave a speech during the ceremony and highlighted Alva Myrdal as a source of inspiration since she successfully combined the collection of research findings, diplomacy and a great personal commitment. Other speakers were Lena Hjelm Wallén, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Uppsala Lord Mayor Carl Lindberg and other representatives of the City.

Professor Peter Wallensteen explains Alva Myrdals significance for this Department:

Nobel peace prize laureate Alva Myrdal (1902-1986) was not only favoring women’s role in society and worked for nuclear disarmament. She also was instrumental in the creation of SIPRI, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and was the first Chair of the Board. At the same time Alva Myrdal emphasized the role of the universities in peace studies, and encouraged those involved in building peace research at Uppsala University, what today is the Department. Thus, one of the Department’s meeting rooms is named after her. 

More news from the Department

Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) seminar on peace

Håvard Hegre receives the Lilly and Sven Thuréus award

New edition of introductory text book

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) 2017 

New UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

For more news, please see News Archive.

Blogs and media

Professors Peter Wallensteen and Daniel Druckman discuss their recent article (Summits Meetings: God or Bad?, Global Summitry, 2:71-92) on the summit meetings between USA and Russia/Soviet Union with the journal editor Professor Alan Alexandroff in a podcast:

Johan Brosché, Kristine Höglund, Sebastian van Baalen, have written a op ed, published by Svenska Dagbladet, regarding Swedish weapon exports and Sweden’s attempt to export Jas to Botswana. 


PhD Dissertations 2017

Emma Elfversson will defend her dissertation: "Central Politics and Local Peacemaking: The Conditions for Peace after Communal Conflict" on 6 October, 10.15, in Sal IX in the Main University Building. The opponent is Associate Professor Leonardo R. Arriola, University of California, Berkeley.

Speaker Series

"The Impact of Informal Institutions on Land Dispute Resolution, Property Rights, and Investment: Long Term Experimental Evidence from Liberia"

21 September, 13.15-14.45 in Hall 3576, Östra Ågatan 19

On 21 September, Alexandra Hartman, Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy, University College of London, will hold a lecture on "The Impact of Informal Institutions on Land Dispute Resolution, Property Rights, and Investment: Long Term Experimental Evidence from Liberia". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Human progress in the 21st century – bright and dark sides of democratization

On the occasion of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s centenary, an international symposium is being organized at Uppsala University on September 21, 2017. The symposium aims to present and discuss current research on the bright and dark sides of democratization, with the aim of exploring how democratization processes best serve human progress in the 21st century. 

Read an interview with Associate Professor and Wallenberg Academy Fellow Lisa Hultman who will chair the panel debate "The role of external actor" (in Swedish)

The Martin H:son Holmdahl Lecture – Human Rights in a Time of Global Insecurity

22 September, 14.30-16.00 in the university main building (Universitetsaulan)

Ambassador Jan Eliasson, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (2012-2016) discusses the connections between human rights, development, and security. 

Uppsala University Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson introduces the event and Eliasson’s speech is followed by a discussion with Professor Peter Wallensteen. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. The event will be held in English. 

Read more about the Martin H:son Holmdahl Lecture.

Philosophy Tea 2017

The sessions of Philosophy Tea at the Regina Theatre continues also for the autumn 2017 with three sessions. Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will discuss Dag Hammarskjöld (19 September), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (17 October) and Ibn Khaldun (12 December). This is a cooperation between the Regina Theatre and Uppsala University, and students get a reduced price. 

The two most recent sessions are also available as podcasts: Baruch Spinoza and Bertha von Suttner, go to, where also earlier podcasts are available.

Recent Publications

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

Aggestam, Karin & Kristine Höglund (eds.). 2012. Om krig och fred: En introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier. 2nd edition. Studentlitteratur. 

Allansson, Marie, Erik Melander and Lotta Themnér, 2017. Organized violence, 1989-2016Journal of Peace Research. Vol 54 (4): 574-587.

Yasuda, Y., Aich, D., Hill, D., Huntjens, P., Swain, A. (2017) Transboundary Water Cooperation over the Brahmaputra River: Legal Political Economy Analysis of Current and Future Potential Cooperation. The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Yasuda, Y., Schillinger, J., Huntjens, P. Alofs, C., De Man, R. (2017) Transboundary Water Cooperation over the lower part of the Jordan River Basin: Legal Political Economy Analysis of Current and Future Potential Cooperation. The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Brosché, Johan and Allard Duursma (2017) “Hurdles to peace: a level-of-analysis approach to resolving Sudan’s civil warsThird World Quarterly DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1333417

Bara, Corinne (2017): Legacies of Violence: Conflict-specific Capital and the Postconflict Diffusion of Civil War. Journal of Conflict Resolution, published online ahead of print on 7 June 2017, doi: 10.1177/0022002717711501.

Daniel Druckman and Peter Wallensteen 2017. ‘Summit Meetings: Good or Bad?,’ Global Summitry. Vol. 2, 71-92.

Peter Wallensteen 2017. ‘Wars, Civil Wars and Armed Conflict: Patterns, Trends and Analytic Paradigms.’ In States and Peoples in Conflict. Transformations of Conflict Studies, edited by Michael Stohl, Mark I. Lichbach, Peter Nils Grabosky. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 253-271.

Karlén, Niklas (2017): The Legacy of Foreign Patrons: External State Support and Conflict RecurrenceJournal of Peace Research

Elin Bjarnegård & Joakim Kreutz (eds). 2017. Debating the East Asian Peace: What it is, how it came about, will it last? Copenhagen: NIAS Press

Sebastian van Baalen & Kristine Höglund, 2017. “‘So the Killings Continued’: Wartime Mobilisation and Post-War Violence in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, online first.

Finnbogason, Daniel, Isak Svensson (2017), The missing jihad. Why have there been no jihadist civil wars in Southeast Asia?, The Pacific Review

Themnér, Anders (ed.) (2017), Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics, London: Zed Publishing.

Karlén, Niklas (2017): Turning off the Taps: The Termination of State Sponsorship, Terrorism and Political Violence

Otto, Sabine (2017):  The Grass Is Always Greener? Armed Group Side Switching in Civil Wars, Journal of Conflict resolution, DOI: 10.1177/0022002717693047