Magnus Öberg

Associate Professor, Head of Department

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other

Research Areas 

Causes of civil war, escalation processes, governance, coups d’état, ethnic conflict, conflict prevention, conflict contagion, forced migration, game theory, and statistics. Current research projects include:

Transnational Linkages and the Contagion of Ethnic Conflict. The purpose of this project is to study the contagion of ethnic conflict; to identify and evaluate the mechanisms involved and the conditions that make contagion more or less likely.

Patrimonialism, Globalization and Civil Conflict. The purpose of this project is to investigate whether external economic factors that influence the supply of rents used to sustain patronage might undermine neo-patrimonial systems, leading to sometimes violent power struggles. For this project we are now finalizing a new global dataset on coups d’état.

Prevention of violent conflicts. This project is a systematic assessment of the scope and effects of conflict prevention efforts in intra-state armed conflict since the end of the cold war. 

Teaching 

I chair one of the Department’s PhD advisory groups and am advisor to 3 PhD students.

I lecture on the causes of war at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and research design at the PhD level.

I have previously taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels covering a wide range of topics, including conflict resolution and negotiation, conflict theory, international security, scientific method, and game theory. 

Publications

Books and edited volumes 

Höglund, Kristine and Magnus Öberg eds. 2011. Understanding Peace Research: Methods and Challenges, London Routledge.

Öberg, Magnus and Kaare Strøm eds. 2008. Resources, Governance, and Civil Conflict, London: Routledge.

Öberg, Magnus 2002. The Onset of Ethnic War as a Bargaining Process. Testing a Costly Signaling Model. Uppsala: Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, 2002. Dissertation 

Articles 

Melander, Erik, Frida Möller & Magnus Öberg 2009. "Managing Intrastate Low-Intensity Armed Conflict 1993-2004: A New Dataset" International Interactions 35:1-28

Öberg, Magnus, Frida Möller & Peter Wallensteen 2009. "Early Conflict Prevention in Ethnic Crises: A New Dataset," Conflict Management and Peace Science, 26(1):67-91.

Melander, Erik, Magnus Öberg and Jonathan Hall, forthcoming 2009. “Are ‘New Wars’ More Atrocious? Battle Severity, Civilians Killed, and Forced Migration Before and After the Cold War” European Journal of International Relations, 15(3).

Melander, Erik and Magnus Öberg, 2007. “The Threat of Violence and Forced Migration: Geographical Scope Trumps Intensity of Fighting”, Civil Wars 9(2):156-73.

Melander, Erik and Magnus Öberg, 2006. “Time to Go? Duration Dependence in Forced Migration”, International Interactions 32(2): 129-152. 

Book chapters 

Öberg, Magnus and Margareta Sollenberg, 2011. ”Gathering Conflict Information Using News Resources” in Understanding Peace Research: Methods and Challenges, Kristine Höglund and Magnus Öberg eds, London: Routledge.

Eck, Kristine, Bethany Lacina, and Magnus Öberg, 2008. “Civil Conflict in the Contemporary World” in Resources, Governance Structures, and Civil Conflict, Magnus Öberg & Kaare Ström eds., London: Routledge.

Öberg, Magnus and Margareta Sollenberg, 2003. “Teaching Conflict Analysis: Suggestions on the Use of Media as a Resource for Conflict Analysis” in The Emotion and the Truth: Studies in Mass Communication and Conflict, Mariano Aguirre & Francisco Ferrándiz eds. Bilbao: HumanitariaNet.

Öberg, Magnus and Margareta Sollenberg, 2003. “O ensino da análise de conflictos: Sugestões sobre a utilizacão dos media como recurso para a análise de conflitos” in Fogo Sobre os Media: Informacão, Conhecimento e Critica em Conflitos Armados, José Manuel Pureza & Fransisco Ferrándiz eds. Coimbra: Quarteto, 2003.

Öberg, Magnus, 2001. “La cooperación y el manejo del conflicto en las sociedades masivas: El rol de las asociaciones civiles” in Tribunal de Supremo Justicia ed. Democracia, Administración de Justicia y Resolución de Conflictos Caracas: Tribunal de Supremo Justicia.

Wallensteen, Peter and Magnus Öberg, 1998. ”Armed Conflict and Humanitarian Emergencies: Exploring a relationship,” in Geopolitics in humanitarian assictance, 2nd ed., Luxemburg: European Communities. European university degree in international humanitarian assistance, Volume 3. 

Reports

Melander, Erik, Magnus Öberg, and Jonathan Hall 2006. The ‘New Wars’ Debate Revisited: An Empirical Evaluation of the Atrociousness of ‘New Wars, Uppsala Peace Research Papers No. 9. Uppsala: Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2006.

Öberg, Magnus and Erik Melander, 2004. Forced Migration: The Effects of Magnitude and Scope of Fighting, (with Erik Melander) Uppsala: Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, 2004. Uppsala Peace Research Papers No. 8.

Öberg, Magnus, 2000. Non-Strategic Explanations for the Onset of Ethnopolitical Rebellion: An Analysis and Critique, Uppsala: Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, 2000. Uppsala Peace Research Papers No. 2.

Datasets

Öberg, Magnus, 2002. Minorities Not ‘at Risk’: A Control Group for Use with Minorities at Risk Data. Uppsala: Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, 2002.

Öberg, Magnus, 2002. Challenges to State Authority v.1.1. Uppsala: Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, 2002.

Other

Associate Editor, Journal of Peace Research 

Head of Department 2012- 

Magnus Öberg

Magnus Öberg
Associate Professor, Head of Department

E-mail: Magnus.Oberg@pcr.uu.se
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 27 87
Fax: +46-(0)18 69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden