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

New study on climate-conflict linkages in PNAS

Severe drought is associated with higher incidence of armed conflict among agriculture-dependent marginalized populations in the least developed states. By strengthening the political status and economic well-being of these groups, conflict risk can be reduced. This is a key finding of a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) by a team of DPCR and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) researchers.

Noting that previous studies fail to properly capture the societal context in which such an event would plausibly occur, Nina von Uexkull, Mihai Croicu, Hanne Fjelde, and Halvard Buhaug developed a set of statistical models of climate-security connections that explicitly incorporate affected populations’ specific socioeconomic context. Focusing on Asia and Africa, the researchers utilized new data on armed conflicts since 1989 from the UCDP, ethnic settlement in the region, and high-resolution agricultural land use, and identified a vulnerability specifically to drought among certain populations. While the model reveals that drought-related conflict is limited under most circumstances, the findings indicate that among politically marginalized ethnicities subsisting in rural economies dominated by agriculture, a drought would increase the likelihood that ongoing violence is sustained. Bolstering key agriculturally dependent communities against climate catastrophes may thus help prevent future violent clashes – especially in areas already affected by conflict and instability. Beyond measures to make the agricultural sector more resilient to climatic extremes, this means strengthening the political status and economic well-being of the rural populations.

PNAS is among the top general science journals making this an important success and a further example of a long tradition of fruitful cooperation between DPCR and PRIO.  

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. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607542113. (open access).

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

On 7 October, Mathilda Lindgren successfully defended her thesis Peacemaking Up Close: Expanding Mediator Styles of International Mediators. Faculty opponent at the defense was Associate Professor Kyle Beardsley, Duke University. Professor Isak Svensson chaired the disputation.

More news from the Department

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

The department welcomes all new and old students

Research School presented ongoing projects at World Water Week in Stockholm 

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

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).

Ashok Swain was quoted by Foreign Policy on the on-going India-Pakistan tensions and Indus Water Treaty issues. He was also interviewed by the India’s leading English News TV Channel ‘Times Now’.  

Karen Brounéus was interviewed by Swedish Radio's "PI Konflikt" (Colombia mellan fred och försoning) on 1 October regarding the peace process in Colombia. 


Claude Ake 20-year Memorial

26 October, 13.15-17.00 (Blåsenhus)

This year, it is 20 years since the untimely passing of Professor Claude Ake. Ake was a renowned Nigerian scholar and activist who dedicated his intellectual work and life to the social emancipation and empowerment of the African people. Ake was also a dear friend of Uppsala University and The Nordic Africa Institute. To honour Ake’s legacy, Uppsala University and The Nordica Africa Institute is organizing the Claude Ake 20-Year Memorial, on 26 October. A central theme of the memorial is to reflect about what Ake would say about contemporary Africa if he was alive today. In the spirit of Ake the 2016 Claude Ake Visiting Chair, Professor Tim Murithi will give his lecture on “Reconciliation in Africa: The Road Ahead”.

For more information, see event flyer.

Speaker Series

"Internet Service Provision under Authoritarian Rule: A Field Experiment in Belarus"

3 November, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 3 November, Nils Weidmann, Professor of Political Science, University of Konstanz, will hold a lecture on "Internet Service Provision under Authoritarian Rule: A Field Experiment in Belarus". 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.

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.

Noreen, Erik with Roxanna Sjöstedt and Jan Ångström (2016) “Why small states join big wars: The case of Sweden in Afghanistan 2002–2014”, International Relations DOI: 10.1177/0047117816651125

Krampe, F. (2016). Water for peace? Post-conflict water resource management in KosovoCooperation and Conflict [Impact Factor: 1.375]

Ilmari Käihkö. Mystical and Modern Transformations in the Liberian Civil War. 2016. In Peter Haldén and Peter Jackson (eds.). Transforming Warriors: The Ritual Organization of Military Force. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 126-143.

Håvard Hegre, Halvard Buhaug, Katherine V. Calvin, Jonas Nordkvelle, Stephanie T. Waldhoff, and Elisabeth Gilmore, 2016: ''Forecasting civil conflict along the shared socioeconomic pathways''. Environmental Research Letters 11(5)054002.