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 advanced levels.

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

DPCR Researchers on National Television

In mid-February Kunskapskanalen, the Science Channel of the Swedish Public Television (SVT), broadcasted a program on Swedish researchers, primarily in social science and the humanities. Peter Wallensteen and Karen Brounéus appear in longer segments presenting topics of mediation and reconciliation. The program is called "Forska för livet", Researching for Life, and is now available on SVT Play (in Swedish).

International mediation: On Ukraine, Syria, and the Professionalisation of International Mediation Processes 

Professor Peter Wallensteen discusses with Associate Professor Isak Svensson about the contemporary conditions for international mediation in light of the current crises in Ukraine and Syria. Listen to the Podcast.

The European Institute of Peace

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) began its work in mid-2014. It is the outcome of a joint Swedish-Finnish initiative. EIP is an independent foundation led by a board of Governors, drawn from European EU and non-EU member states, based in Brussels. The mandate of EIP concerns mediation. As part of the preparations the Department was given the task of identifying situations in which EIP might be relevant. Results from the project done by Associate Professor Isak Svensson, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Ms. Anna Brandt were presented to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in November 2013 and April 2014. Peter Wallensteen has now been appointed to the Advisory Council of EIP for the years 2015 and 2016. Visit EIP website for more information.

Stockholm Peace Talks

Switzerland-based Interpeace arranges regular meetings, normally in Geneva. On January 29, 2015 it organized the Stockholm Peace Talks, with short interventions reflecting personal experiences in mediation. It was held in the Parliament building in Stockholm starting with personal reflections of The Speaker. Talks were also given by Professor Peter Wallensteen (with the latest results from UCDP) as well as Jason 'Timbuktu' Diakité and the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Jan Eliasson (honorary doctor and visiting professor of Uppsala University). Adam Tensta performed. Crown Princess Victoria was in the audience which also included Princess Christina, Members of Parliament, activists and media. Read more about the event.

More news from the Department 

New Doctor in Peace and Conflict Research 

Conflict and democratisation in the 21st century

DPCR Congratulates New Doctor in Peace Research

The year of 2014 in review: "Shockingly bad" 

Several successful project applications in 2014

The ISA Jacek Kugler Political Demography and Geography Student Paper Award

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Speaker Series

"Explaining the Rise of UN Peace Enforcement"

5 March, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 5 March, Lise Morjé Howard, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University, will hold a lecture on "Explaining the Rise of UN Peace Enforcement". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Dissertations 2015

Angela Muvumba Sellström defended her dissertation: "Stronger than Justice - Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence" on 17 January, in Auditoriet, Muesum Gustavianum. The opponent was Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, University of East London.

Call for applications

Minor Field Studies Scholarships

The Department has received four Minor Field Studies (MFS) scholarships. Final date for applications is 12 March 2015. For application material and more information about MFS, see the MFS-section


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Recent Publications

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

Isak Svensson. 2015. International Mediation Bias and Peacemaking: Taking Sides in Civil Wars, London: Routledge

Peter Wallensteen 2014. Uppsala konfliktdataprogram 35 år - från nattliga radioinspelning till sekundsnabb nerladdning i Bolkéus Blom, Mattias och Lars Magnusson (red) Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten vid Uppsala universitet 50 år, 1964-2014. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, s 39-52. 

Von Uexkull, Nina. 2014. “Sustained Drought, Vulnerability and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Political Geography 43: 16–26.

Hultman, Lisa, Jacob Kathman, and Megan Shannon. 2014. "Beyond Keeping Peace: United Nations Effectiveness in the Midst of Fighting." American Political Science Review 108(4): 737-753.

Joakim Kreutz (2015) "Human rights, Geostrategy, and Eu Foreign Policy, 1989-2008" International Organization 69(1). First view.

Joakim Kreutz (2015) "The war that wasn't there: Managing unclear cases in conflict data" Journal of Peace Research 52(1).

Buhaug, Halvard, Jonas Nordkvelle, Thomas Bernauer, Tobias Böhmelt, Michael Brzoska, Joshua W. Busby, Antonio Ciccone, Hanne Fjelde, Erik Gartzke, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Jack A. Goldstone, Håvard Hegre, Helge Holtermann, Jasmin S. A. Link, P. Michael  Link, Päivi Lujala, John O’Loughlin, Clionadh Raleigh, Jürgen Scheffran, Janpeter Schilling, Todd G. Smith, Ole Magnus Theisen, Richard S. J. Tol, Henrik Urdal, and Nina von Uexkull. 2014. "One Effect to Rule Them All? A Comment on Climate and Conflict." Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1266-1

Themnér, Lotta and Peter Wallensteen 2014. Patterns or organized violence, 2003-12, SIPRI Yearbook 2014: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, Oxford University Press, pp 70-92.