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.

The Second Admission Round is from 15 March to 18 April (midnight CET).

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.


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

”Resolving Jihadist Conflicts?” at Nordic conference on violent extremism 

In the photo, from the left: Isak Svensson, Desirée Nilsson, Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Daniel Finnbogason

On Tuesday 25 April, the Swedish Core Group of “Resolving Jihadist Conflicts” arranged a panel and presented ongoing research within the framework of the project, at the conference “Risks, roots and responses: Nordic conference on research on violent extremism”, organised by the Segerstedt Institute at the University of Gothenburg. The aim of the conference was to present research and concrete initiatives currently ongoing on in the Nordic countries and in other parts of the world, on the topic of violent extremism.

For more information on the conference, please visit:…/c…/risks-roots-responses.

Support for the event was provided by the German Embassy - Stockholm and the US Embassy - Stockholm.

More news from the Department

Lisa Hultman awarded the 2016 Glenn Palmer Prize for best publication in Conflict Management and Peace Science

Ida Rudolfsen wins award for best paper in ISA PDG section

Book Release: Fredens Diplomater

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

New Doctors in Peace and Conflict Research 

Sustainable Peace discussed a High-Level Meeting in New York

New Institutional Peace Research Project with Nepal

Kick-off meeting for the ViEWS project

For more news, please see News Archive.

Blogs and media

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. 

Johan Brosché has written a op ed, published by Svenska Dagbladet, regarding Lundin Oil. He was later also interviewed by Svenska Dagbladet about the same topic. 

Peter Wallensteen and Isak Svensson has written a op ed, published by Svenska Dagbladet, pointing to the importance of international mediation (in Swedish). 


Speaker Series

"Where do violent norms come from? An institutional analysis of rebellion​"

4 May, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 4 May, Zoe Marks, Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, will hold a lecture on "Where do violent norms come from? An institutional analysis of rebellion​". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Philosophy Tea podcasts

The two sessions for the autumn of 2016, dealing with works of Voltaire (Candide) and Hannah Arendt (The Origins of Totalitarianism) respectively, are available as podcasts.

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Recent Publications

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

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

Elfversson, Emma & Kristine Höglund (2017). "Home of last resort: Urban land conflict and the Nubians in Kibera, Kenya". Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098017698416

Hegre, Håvard, Nils Metternich, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Julian Wucherpfennig, 2017. ‘Introduction: Forecasting in peace research’. Journal of Peace Research 54(2):113–124.

Hegre, Håvard, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Ranveig Flaten Ræder, 2017. ‘Evaluating the scope and intensity of the conflict trap: A dynamic simulation approach’. Journal of Peace Research 54(2):243–261.

Jägerskog, A., & Kim, K. (2016). Land acquisition: a means to mitigate water scarcity and reduce conflict?Hydrological Sciences Journal61(7), 1338-1345.

Wallensteen, Peter and Isak Svensson. 2016. Fredens Diplomater: Nordisk medling från Bernadotte till AhtisaariSantérus Förlag

Johan Brosché, Mattias Legnér, Joakim Kreutz & Akram Ijla (2016): Heritage under attack: motives for targeting cultural property during armed conflict, International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2016.1261918

Deglow, Annekatrin (2016) Localized legacies of civil war: Postwar violent crime in Northern Ireland. Journal of Peace Research 53(6): 786-799.

von Uexkull, N., Croicu, M., Fjelde, H., & Buhaug, H. (2016). Civil conflict sensitivity to growing-season drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(44), 12391–12396.

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.