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

UCDP Global GED released 

Conflict and organized violence in the world between 1989-2015.

The Uppsala Conflict Data Project at the Department has released the UCDP Georeferenced Events Dataset (GED) Global version 5.0. The dataset covers individual incidents of armed conflict and organized violence (i.e. clashes, battles and attacks against civilians) globally for the period January 1989 to December 2015.

Thus, scholars can now follow and study local, sub-national or trans-national conflict dynamics across the globe over a long period. Further, unlike existing single-case/single-country subnational data, UCDP GED data is built to be globally consistent and comparable. As such, it opens access to easy investigations, allowing, for example, for local-level analyses of cases and countries as different as Sri Lanka and Iraq or the DRC and Israel/Palestine together.

The data collected for each incident includes:

  • location (latitude, longitude, administrative division) down to day and village level; completely geocoded;
  • date of event start and end; precision score
  • three fatality estimates, broken up by who died (civilian, military, rebel, other)
  • reference to source material and material originator (who made the first statement about the event, i.e. police, eye-witnesses etc.).

The dataset now totals approximately 218 000 events of organized violence and the data are available in several different formats: CSV, Excel, R, SQL, and as shapefiles.

Download the dataset

More news from the Department

New study on climate-conflict linkages in PNAS

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

Matariki network-meeting

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

"Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace": 1st International Working Group Conference

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

For more news, please see News Archive.

Call for applications

Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2017: Invitation to apply

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute currently invite applications to the Claude Ake Visiting Chair for 2017.

Applicants should be established and internationally recognised senior scholars with professorial competence in their respective fields of expertise. Normally, this translates to Professor, Associate Professor, or their equivalence.

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2016.

Call for Applications 2017 

For more information please see the flyer and the Calude Ake Visiting Chair webpage.

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).


Speaker Series

"Stalin's Terror, Putin's Vote: Long-Term Political Effects of MassRepression"

1 Decemer, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 1 December, Yuri Zhukov, Asst. Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan, will hold a lecture on "Stalin's Terror, Putin's Vote: Long-Term Political Effects of MassRepression". 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" during the autumn semester; October 19 and December 14 (both 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.

PhD Dissertations 2016

Mathilda Lindgren defended her dissertation: "Peacemaking Up Close: Expanding Mediator Styles of International Mediators" on 7 October, 10.00, in Gustavianum. The opponent was Associate Professor Kyle Beardsley, Duke University.

Nina von Uexkull defended her dessertation: "Climate, Conflict and Coping Capacity - The Impact of Climate Variability on Organized Violence" on 23 September, 10.30, in Zootissalen, EBC. The opponent was Professor Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University.

Florian Krampe defended his dissertation: "Building Sustainable Peace - Understanding the Linkages between Social, Political, and Ecological Processes in Post-War Countries" on 10 September, 13.00, in Gustavianum. The opponent was Associate Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo.

Ilmari Käihkö defended his dissertation: "Bush Generals and Small Boy Battalions - Military Cohesion in Liberia and Beyond" on 3 June in Borgen, Orphei Drängars plats 1, Uppsala. The opponent is Professor Koen Vlassenroot (Ghent University).

Colin Walch defended his dissertation: "Conflict in the Eye of the Storm - Micro-dynamics of Natural Disasters, Cooperation and Armed Conflict" on 20 February in Gustavianum. The opponent was Professor Richard Matthew, University of California Irvine.

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Recent Publications

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

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, Nina, Mihai Croicu, Hanne Fjelde, and Halvard Buhaug. 2016. ”Civil conflict sensitivity to growing-season drought.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, published online ahead of print 17 October 2016. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607542113. (open access) 

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.

Kim, Kyungmee and Jägerskog, Anders (2016) “Overseas investment in land and challenges in the Nile Basin: evident links from the Middle East and North Africa investment” in “Land and hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin – Challenges and new investments” edited by Sandström, Jägerskog, and Oestigaard.

Isak Svensson (ed): 'Conflict and Peace', in David Yamane: Handbook of Religion and Society (Springer), 2016, p 467-484

Svensson, Isak (2016). "Conceptualizing the Religious Dimensions of Armed Conflicts: A Response to “Shrouded: Islam, War, and Holy War in Southeast Asia", Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12251

Brounéus, Karen (2016). Truth for peace? Exploring the links between the Solomon Islands' TRC process and people's attitudes towards peace. A report for the Solomon Islands Government and Ministries.