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.

Registration for course

If you are admitted to the course Peace and Conflict Studies B (V16), it is important that you register to the course online in time. Registration is open from 1 Jan - 10 Jan, 2016. You can find more information here.

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

Resolving Jihadists Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace

In the picture: Three of the members of the
Core Group for the new research project:
Mimmi Söderberg-Kovacs, Isak Svensson,
and Desirée Nilsson.

One of the most pressing challenges on the contemporary agenda for peace and security is armed conflicts involving militant groups with self-proclaimed Islamist aspirations, such as IS (Islamic State) in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Taliban in Afghanistan. However, we know surprisingly little about the conditions under which jihadist conflicts, partly or completely, may be resolved through peaceful means. In particular, there is a gap in peace and conflict research concerning if, how, and to what extent, our existing theories on conflict resolution are applicable to solve jihadist conflicts. This project sets out to fill this lacuna. The purpose is to explore the potential, as well as the limitations, for conflict resolution in these contexts by examining the research question: under what conditions are jihadist conflicts likely to be resolved?

In order to address this pertinent and highly complex research problem this project brings together peace and conflict scholars with scholars of religious studies in general and Islam in particular, and we expect to see important synergy effects by doing so. Drawing on this multidisciplinary expertise, the project seeks to develop a theoretical framework that focuses on 1) who the actors are, 2) the issues at stake, and 3) and the behavior of these actors. The project combines quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyzes and compares jihadist conflicts to other types of conflicts, and explores variations within jihadist conflicts. Projectleader is Professor Isak Svensson (

Several successful project applications in 2015

Researchers at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research have received several grants for projects stretching over three to five years.

  • Elin Bjarnegård has received one 3-year grant from the Swedish Research Council (Development Research) “Gender aspects of election violence: Experiences of political candidates in Myanmar and Cambodia” and one 4-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for the research project “Gender Politics and Electoral Authoritarianism”. Both will be carried out at the Department of Government.
  • Jonathan Hall has received a 3-year International Postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council for the project “Trauma and Trust: Exposure to War Violence and Trust Among Refugees in Sweden”. 
  • Angela Muvumba Sellström has received a 3-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for the research project “Disciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence ”.
  • Desirée Nilsson has received a 4-year grant from the Swedish Research Council for the research project “Conflicts, Connections, Complexities: Towards a Multi-layered Understanding of Civil War”.
  • Isak Svensson has received a 5-year grant from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for the research project “Resolving Jihadists Conflicts? Religion, Civil Wars, and Prospects for Peace”.

More news from the Department

Conference on military cohesion

Film from the 2015 East Asian Peace Conference in Singapore

Two new-year podcasts

UCDP GED 3: Looking at a Quarter of a Century of Organised Violence in the Middle East, Africa and Asia through the Magnifying Glass

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Open talks about power

The Uppsala city theater, in cooperation with the Department, will hold a series of popular science panel discussions on the theme of “Open talks about power”. On 9 February, 18.20-19.30, a panel discussion based on the drama "King Lear" will be held at the theater’s “Lilla scenen”. Read more about the event.

Speaker Series

"’Chipping Away at the Issues’: Piecemeal Dispute Resolution and Territorial Conflict"

11 February, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 28 May, Michaela Mattes, Asst. Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, will hold a lecture on "’Chipping Away at the Issues’: Piecemeal Dispute Resolution and Territorial Conflict". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Dissertations 2016

Colin Walch will defend his dissertation: "Conflict in the Eye of the Storm - Micro-dynamics of Natural Disasters, Cooperation and Armed Conflict" on 20 February, 13:15, in Gustavianum. The opponent is 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.

Sundberg, Ralph, 2016, "Value Change and Stability in an ISAF Contingent", Journal of Personality, Vol.84, Issue 1, p.91-101

Gustavsson, Gina, van der Noll, Jolanda, & Ralph Sundberg, 2016, "Opposing the veil in the name of liberalism: popular attitudes to liberalism and Muslim veiling in the Netherlands", Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI:10.1080/01419870.2015.1124126

Charles Butcher and Isak Svensson, "Manufacturing Dissent: Modernization and the Onset of Major Nonviolent Resistance Campaigns", Journal of Conflict Resolution, March 2016 60: 311-339

Hall, Jonathan. 2016. Are Migrants More Extreme Than Locals After War? Evidence From a Simultaneous Survey of Migrants in Sweden and Locals in BosniaJournal of Conflict Resolution 60 (1):89-117.

Wallensteen, Peter 2015. '70 anos de la ONU: es tiempo de traerla de vuelta!' [The UN at 70: Time to Bring It Back In!] in Mexico y las operaciones de mantenimiento de la paz de las Naciones Unidas en el siglo XXI: Retos y oportunidades, ed. by Maria Cristina Rosas, Mexico, D.F., pp  261-270

Bjarnegård, Elin and Meryl Kenny. 2015. ”Revealing the 'Secret Garden': The Informal Dimensions of Political Recruitment”, Politics & Gender. Critical Perspectives 11:4, 748-753.

Kreutz, Joakim "Civil war outcomes and successful peace: setting the record straight" German Development Institute Working Paper 17/2015

Kreutz, Joakim "Separating dirty war from dirty peace: Revisiting the conceptualization of state repression in quantitative data" European Political Science 14(4): 458-472

Emma Elfversson 2015, Providing security or protecting interests? Government interventions in violent communal conflicts in Africa, Journal of Peace Research Vol. 52, No. 6

Erik Melander (2015), "Organized Violence in the World 2015. An Assessment by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program", UCDP Paper 9.

Peter Wallensteen 2015. Comparing Conditions for Quality Peace, International Security Studies, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), Beijing, Vol. 1 (1): 59-76. Also in Chinese.