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

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

On 2 June, a graduation ceremony was held for the students that concluded their Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The event was held in Uppsala domkyrka in the presence of their friends and families. On the occasion, Lindsey Doyle was awarded the Mats Hammarström Prize for Outstanding Student Essay in Peace and Conflict Studies for her thesis entitled “The Talks Before the Talks: Effects of Pre-Negotiation on Reaching Peace Agreements in Intra-State Armed Conflict”. The department congratulates her and the rest of the students for their excellent achievements during the programme.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki visited the Department

On May 16, 2017 the Department hosted a visit to Uppsala University by Dr. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa, now Chancellor of the University of South Africa. He participated in a seminar at the Department on 'Mediation, Mediation Research and the Case of Southern Sudan' with researchers from the Department as well the Nordic Africa Institute. President Mbeki shared insights from his experiences of mediation throughout the African continent. Prior to the seminar he had a meeting with Uppsala University Vice Chancellor Eva Åkesson on continued cooperation with universities of Southern Africa. President Mbeki also paid his respect to former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld at the Uppsala Old Cemetery. The photo taken in the Dag Hammarskjöld room shows (from left to right): Dr. Johan Brosché, Senior Professor Peter Wallensteen, President Thabo Mbeki, Professor Isak Svensson, Professor Erik Melander, and Associate Professor Desirée Nilsson.

More news from the Department

Håvard Hegre elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters

Warlord Democrats in Africa

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

Inhumanities - Past and Present

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)

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). 


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.

Recent Publications

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

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

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.