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.

Deadline for submitting online application through University Admissions: 16 January 2017

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

Håvard Hegre elected Vice-President of the International Studies Association

In the recent elections in the International Studies Association, Håvard Hegre, Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University was elected Vice-President for the 2018-19 term. Patrick James, Professor of Political Science at University of Southern California, will be President 2018-19. With more than 7,000 members, International Studies Association is the most important scholarly association for international studies.

Strengthened links between Uppsala University and Durham University.

Johan Brosché spent parts of the fall as a guest researcher at Durham University as part of the Uppsala Matariki Fellowship. For more information about the collaboration, see the Matariki Networks news section. The purpose of Uppsala’s Matariki Fellows scheme is to increase the number of research contacts and strengthen international cooperation. For more information about the Fellowship and Matariki Fellows, see the Matariki Network website.  

New report: The Multi-track Water Diplomacy Framework

The Report ‘The Multi-track Water Diplomacy Framework’ is the product of the Department’s Research School of International Water Cooperation’s collaboration with the Hague Institute for Global Justice, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), IUCN, University of Otago, University of College Park, Cork and Tufts University Water Diplomacy Program. This report presents a water diplomacy framework that identifies key factors affecting water cooperation. The report helps to diagnose water problems across sectors, administrative boundaries, and at different levels of governance. To this end, it aims to support identification of intervention points, and to propose sustainable solutions that are sensitive to diverse views and values, while accommodating ambiguity and changing and competing needs.

In the foreword, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova writes that the framework is “a timely and innovative tool to move [water diplomacy] forward." Knowledge of the key determinants of cooperation not only contributes to the existing body of academic knowledge, but can also help to bolster cooperation over shared waters.

More news from the Department

Martin H:son Holmdahl-scholarship awarded to Rotary Peace Fellow 

UCDP Global GED released 

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

For more news, please see News Archive.

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).


Philosophy Tea

The Regina Theatre will arrange two "Philosophy Tea" in the spring semester of 2017: On January 18 (dealing with Baruch Spinoza) and February 8 (on Bertha von Suttner). Both events are 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.

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.

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.

Jägerskog, A., & Kim, K. (2016). Land acquisition: a means to mitigate water scarcity and reduce conflict?Hydrological Sciences Journal61(7), 1338-1345.

Wallensteen, Peter and Isak Svensson. 2016. Fredens Diplomater: Nordisk medling från Bernadotte till AhtisaariSantérus Förlag

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, N., Croicu, M., Fjelde, H., & Buhaug, H. (2016). Civil conflict sensitivity to growing-season drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(44), 12391–12396.

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.