Emma Elfversson

Ph.D. candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other

Research Areas

My doctoral research concerns the durable resolution of communal conflict, and the role of the state and non-state actors in resolving such conflicts, focusing on cases in Africa. I investigate the dynamics between local conflict resolution processes and central government strategies, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Case studies focus on communal conflicts in Kenya.

Otherwise, special topics of interests are urban/rural dimensions of intergroup conflict; identity politics; land conflict; formal and informal governance; and reconciliation and transitional justice.


Supervisor, undergraduate and MA theses.

Course director of the Conflict, Security and Identity module (9 ECTS), the Conflict Resolution module (6 ECTS), and the Conflict Analysis module (9 ECTS) within the A-level web-based course in Peace and Conflict.

Lecturer, Conflict Resolution (B-level).

Seminar leader and grading student papers, International Conflict Resolution (MA level).


Peer-reviewed articles

Elfversson, Emma & Kristine Höglund, 2017. "Home of last resort: Urban land conflict and the Nubians in Kibera, Kenya". Urban Studies, online first (DOI: 10.1177/0042098017698416). (Also available as fulltext in DiVA; we blog about the article here.)

Elfversson, Emma, 2016. "Peace from below: Governance and peacebuilding in Kerio Valley, Kenya". Journal of Modern African Studies, Volume 54, Issue 3: 469-493. (Also available as fulltext in DiVA)

Elfversson, Emma, 2015. "Providing security or protecting interests? Government interventions in violent communal conflicts in Africa." Journal of Peace Research, Volume 52, Issue 6: 791-805. (Also available as fulltext in DiVA)

Brosché, Johan & Emma Elfversson, 2012. "Communal Conflict, Civil War, and the State: Complexities, Connections, and the Case of Sudan". African Journal on Conflict Resolution, Volume 12, Issue 1.

Working papers

Elfversson, Emma. "Managing communal conflicts: Government intervention and conflict recurrence." Last presented at the 58th Annual International Studies Association Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, 22-25 February, 2017.

Elfversson, Emma. "The political conditions for local peacemaking: A comparative study of communal conflict resolution in Kenya." Last presented at the Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society, Dublin, Ireland, 7-9 September, 2016.

Other publications

Contributions to States in Armed Conflict 2008 onwards. Uppsala: Universitetstryckeriet.

Johansson, Emma, Joakim Kreutz, Peter Wallensteen, Christian Altpeter, Sara Lindberg, Mathilda Lindgren, Ausra Paskocimaite (2010). A New Start for EU Peacemaking? Past Record and Future Potential, UCDP Paper, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University.

Johansson, Emma, 2008. "Truth, Reconciliation and Post-Conflict Democratization: A Minor Field Study on the Implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Societal Transformation in South Africa", Minor Field Study (MFS) report, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, December 2008.


I have held a number of positions of trust at Uppsala University and the Uppsala Student Union, including vice chairperson in the Doctoral Board; the presidium of the Academic Senate; chairperson of the PhD council at the faculty of social sciences; and a member of the social sciences faculty board. I am currently a member of the Martin H:son Holmdahl scholarship committee.

Emma Elfversson
Ph.D. candidate

E-mail: emma.elfversson@pcr.uu.se
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 76 51
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden