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.


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

Book Release: Fredens Diplomater

On Friday 3 February 2017, Professors Peter Wallensteen and Isak Svensson presented their new book "Fredens Diplomater: Nordisk medling från Bernadotte till Ahtisaari" [The Diplomats of Peace. Nordic Mediation from Bernadotte to Ahtisaari], in a book release event in Stockholm organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) at the Medelshavsmuseet [The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities]. The book highlights Nordic mediators on the international scene, and describes efforts of mediators from Finland, Norway and Sweden in contributing to the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts around the world. Sven-Eric Söder, Director-General of FBA, welcomed the large audience and the authors then gave an overview of the book's main themes. This was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of Nordic mediation. It consisted of (from left in the picture) Dr. Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs (Head of Research, FBA), Kai Eide (Ambassador of Norway to Sweden), Birgitta Holst Alani (Ambassador, working with Syrian crisis), the two authors, and Dr. Chris Coulter (Head of Conflict Prevention Program, FBA).

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

From 2017 the Department has initiated a collaboration on Dialogue for Sustaining Peace with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala.

Within this collaboration an International Training on Dialogue and Mediation is jointly organised. The training is to be held in Uppsala on 7-17 June 2017 and will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, policymakers and researchers to explore and interact on topics related to dialogue and mediation in the context of sustaining peace. The training builds on 45 years of peace and conflict research and education at Uppsala University, combined with insights from the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s ongoing engagement in international policy discussions in the peacebuilding field.

For more information and link to application form, please see the ITDM webpage.

More news from the Department

Ida Rudolfsen wins 2017 award for best paper in ISA PDG section

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

Håvard Hegre elected Vice-President of the International Studies Association

Strengthened links between Uppsala University and Durham University

For more news, please see News Archive.

Blogs and media

Johan Brosché has written a debate article, 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 debate article, published by Svenska Dagbladet, pointing to the importance of international mediation (in Swedish). 

Peter Wallensteen was interviewed by, among others, Swedish Radio's "Studio 1" and Los Angeles Times about this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Listen to the radio interview (in Swedish).

Call for applications 

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

This new training provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the use of dialogue and mediation in building and sustaining peace. For more information and application form, see the ITDM webpage

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2017.


Speaker Series

"Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability"

9 February, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 9 February, Henry Thomson, Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, will hold a lecture on "Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability". 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" in the spring semester of 2017: On January 18 (dealing with Baruch Spinoza) and February 8 (on Bertha von Suttner). Both events are 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.

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.

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.