News from the Department

The ESS Graduate Student Paper Award

The department congratulates Nina von Uexkull, who recieved the ESS Graduate Student Paper Award 2014. The award recognizes the best paper with an environment-related theme presented at the International Studies Annual Convention. The paper “Sustained Drought, Vulnerability and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa 1989-2008” finds that sub-national regions reliant on rainfed agriculture see an increased risk of civil war violence after drought.


The Young Researcher Prize

The department congratulates Colin Walch, who won the Young Researcher Prize at the 5th International Biennial on Negotiation in Paris on 24 March, for his paper "Rethinking ripeness theory: Explaining progress and success in civil war negotiations". A jury awards the prize (a trophee and 1500 Euros) to a graduate student who presents the best research paper.


The Amos Perlmutter Prize

The department congratulates Kersti Larsdotter, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the department, for receiving the 2013 annual Amos Perlmutter Prize, awarded by the Journal of Strategic Studies for her article, "Regional Support for Afghan Insurgents: Challenges for Counterinsurgency Theory and Doctrine". The prize recognizes the best essay submitted for publication to the Journal of Strategic Studies by a junior faculty member. Access the article online in Volume 37(1).


Dissertation 2014

Johan Brosché defended his dissertation: "Masters of War - The Role of Elites in Sudan's Communal Conflicts" on 7 February, 13:15, in Hörsal Gunnar Johansson in Blåsenhus. The opponent was Professor Catherine Boone, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics.


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Welcome to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

New project: The need for mediation

The Department has received a grant by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a project that seeks to identify conflicts (armed, unarmed and frozen) where the newly created European Institute of Peace (EIP) can play a constructive role as mediator. The EU-related EIP will be operative later this year and one of the institute's main tasks will be to enhance EU's foreign policy role by providing mediation services. Sweden and Finland took the initiative for EIP and remain its major supporters, together with five other European countries. The grant will be used to survey available data resources (including UCDP) to identify possible situations for European mediation.

The project team consists currently of Associate Professor Isak Svensson, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Research Associate Anna Brandt. For more information, contact Isak Svensson

Peace in the World: Trends in Modern History and Prospects for the Future

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In the photo: Erik Melander, Peter Wallensteen and Håvard Hegre

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the DPCR Alumni Association on 26 February brought together the most recent Dag Hammarskjöld Professors to talk about their views on the emerging trends in peace throughout the world. In the well-attended alumni event, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Professor Håvard Hegre presented historic trends and predictions on conflict and peace in the world. Departure for the discussion were two articles by the professors, recently published in the Journal of Peace Research. The event was moderated by Professor Erik Melander. After interesting presentations and discussions the speakers mingled with the alumnis at the following reception.

The discussion was filmed and can be viewed online: part 1 and part 2.

Contact persons for further information on the Department:

Magnus Öberg (Head of Department)
Phone: +46 (0)18 471 27 87
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

Karen Bronéus (Director of Studies)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 23 27
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

Kristine Höglund (Director of Studies, PhD Programme)
Phone: +46 (0)18-471 63 87
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02

More news from the Department 

DPCR Congratulates New Doctor in Peace Research 

Causes of Peace – The Botswana, Zambia and Malawi “Zone of Peace”: A New Research Project 

Master programme in peace and conflict studies the most popular at Uppsala University 

Professor Peter Wallensteen awarded peace prize 

Battles without Bullets: New Research Project 

Department welcomes Guest Researcher from New Zealand 

Håvard Hegre new Dag Hammarskjöld Professor 

New UNESCO Centre on International Water Cooperation in Sweden 

UCDP workshop on Geography and Armed Conflict

For more news, please see News Archive


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Recent Publications


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


Peter Wallensteen and Isak Svensson, "Talking peace: International mediation in armed conflicts", Journal of Peace Research, March 2014 51: 315-327


Björkdahl, Annika and Kristine Höglund (2013). "Precarious Peacebuilding: Friction in Global–Local Encounters." Peacebuilding 1(3): 289-299.


Höglund, Kristine and Camilla Orjuela (2013). "Friction and the Pursuit of Justice in Post-war Sri Lanka." Peacebuilding 1(3): 300-316.


Hegre, Håvard, 2014. ‘Democracy and Armed Conflict'. Journal of Peace Research 51(2):000-000. Published online.


The following chapters from researchers at the department are included in The Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars. Edited by Edward Newman and Karl DeRouen, Jr. (2014) London: Routledge. 

  • Wallensteen, Peter "Theoretical Developments in Understanding the Origins of Civil War"
  • Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede and Håvard Hegre "Regime Type and Political Transition in Civil War"
  • Hultman, Lisa "Violence Against Civilians"
  • Kreutz, Joakim "How Civil Wars End (and Recur)"
  • Svensson, Isak "Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars"