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 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

New publications

In 2015, Professor Peter Wallensteen published two books on the themes of Conflict Resolution and Peace. 'These two books actually complement each other', says Wallensteen. Understanding Conflict Resolution, which is now out in its 4th revised edition and also available in Korean, 'is about settling the conflicts: solutions and processes'. Quality Peace. Peace building, Victory, and World Order, 'is about what happens after that: will the settlements hold, and would victories have produced better outcomes, that is, more quality peace?' By systematically contrasting negotiated endings and victories, he finds that the former, on the whole, results in a peace with more quality and less likelihood of recurrence. A teachers' website is available for the book Understanding Conflict Resolution

Nine recommendations for global peace

Researchers at the Department argued in Uppsala Nya Tidning (UNT) 25 September that the efforts for global peace must be strengthened. The article was written in relation to the UN meeting in New York the same day where world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For the first time, the Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a goal about promoting peace. In the article, the researchers present nine recommendations for strengthening the efforts for achieving global peace. The recommendations were selected after extensive discussions within the Department where a large number of faculty and staff was involved. Read the full article.

The department welcomes visiting guest from New Zeeland

In the fourth and final year of the Department's STINT-funded exchange with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand, PhD candidate AJ Pienkhuntod (centre) is visiting Uppsala for three weeks. AJ is studying peace building by religious leaders in the Deep South of Thailand, with particular focus on the role of social networks within and between religious groups, as well as with other actors in society. (AJ is standing with Isak Svensson and Karen Brounéus.)

More news from the Department

International Day of Peace 2015

Public lecture on Sacred Values and Violent Political Action

Seminar on international mediation

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

The department welcomes all new and old students

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Speaker Series

"Gender Diversity and Organizational Design in Violent Political Movements"

15 October, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 15 October, Kanisha De Ann Bond, Asst. Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland, will hold a lecture on "Gender Diversity and Organizational Design in Violent Political Movements". 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.

Ralph Sundberg defended his dissertation: "Values and Attitudes across Peace Operations - Change and Stability in the Political Psychology of Swedish ISAF Soldiers" on 12 September, in Sal IX, Universitetshuset. The opponent was Professor Christopher Cohrs, Jacobs University Bremen.

Philosophy Tea

At the Regina Theatre, 26 October, 15.00, in English. Prof Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will discuss the role of Alva Myrdal in her work for nuclear disarmament, peace and peace research. Tea will be served. 

For more information and tickets see the Regina Theatre website.

Click image for the East Asian Peace Program's webpage

Recent Publications

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

Wallensteen, Peter. 2015. Quality Peace. Peace building, Victory and World Order. Oxford University Press

Wallensteen, Peter. 2015. Understanding Conflict Resolution. 4th edition. Sage

Isak Svensson: "Svårare att nå fredsavtal", Internationella studier, 2015:3

Käihkö, Ilmari. 2015. “‘No Die, No Rest’? Coercive Discipline in Liberian Military Organisations.Africa Spectrum 50 (2): 3–29.

Walch, Colin (2015) "Expertise and policy-making in disaster risk reduction". Nature Climate Change, 5(8):706-707.

Isak Svensson and Monika Onken (2015), “Global trends of peace negotiations and conflict mediation”, in Michèle Roth, Cornelia Ulbert, and Tobias Debiel (eds.): Global Trends 2015: Prospects for World Society (Development and Peace Foundation, Institute for Development and Peace/Käte Hamburger Kolleg - Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Bonn/Duisburg 2015

Anna K. Jarstad and Kristine Höglund, 2015. "Local Violence and Politics in KwaZulu-Natal: Perceptions of Agency in a Post-Conflict Society", Third World Quarterly, 36(5): 967-984

Laskaris, Stamatis & Joakim Kreutz (2015) "Rising powers and the responsibility to protect: will the norm suvirve in the age of BRICS?" Global Affairs 1(2): 149-158.

Tore Wig, Håvard Hegre and Patrick M. Regan, 2015. Updated data on institutions and elections 1960–2012: presenting the IAEP dataset version 2.0. Research and Politics 2(2) April-June 2015. DOI: 10.1177/20531680155791

Brounéus, Karen, Mariane Wray and Peter Green (2015). "Underestimating the burden for peacekeepers? Difficulty in determining psychological well-being following operational deployment with low response rates from NZDF personnel." Journal of Military and Veterans' Health 23(2): 7-13

Isak Svensson (2015): “Conflict Mediation”, in James D. Wright (ed) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences; Elsevier

Themnér, Anders (2015), "Former Military Networks and the Micro-Politics of Violence and Statebuilding in Liberia," Journal of Comparative Politics Vol. 47, No. 3.