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

Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory and World Order

Professor Peter Wallensteen's latest book on Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory and World Order (Oxford University Press) has generated international interest. On November 21, 2015 the New Zealand-based Scholars' Circle aired an interview with Peter Wallensteen, covering both the book and some ongoing conflicts around the world. This radio program is broadcast by radio stations around the world and is led by Maria Armoudian, lecturer at the University of Auckland.

DPCR Congratulates New Professor in Peace and Conflict Research 

Professor Kristine Höglund was installed as new Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research on 13 November during the professors’ inauguration ceremony in the Uppsala University Grand Auditorium. The inaugural lecture was held during the inauguration ceremony and was titled "Democracy in the shadow of violence".

Professor Kristine Höglund received her PhD in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in 2004. She is currently Director of Studies of the PhD Program at the Department. Her research focuses on peace processes and peacebuilding, electoral violence, and transitional justice. Her work has been published in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Democratization, Review of International Studies, Negotiation Journal, Peacebuilding, International Negotiation and International Peacekeeping. She is the author of Peace Negotiations in the Shadow of Violence (2008, Martinus Nijhoff) and co-editor of Understanding Peace Research: Methods and Challenges (2011, Routledge).

More news from the Department

New research collaboration on nonviolence 

Seminar with Leymah Gbowee

UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset (UCDP GED) version 2.0 now released!

DPCR congratulates new professor in peace research

Seminar on "Conflict, sexual violence and statebuilding in Sweden´s development cooperation"

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Call for applications

Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2016: 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 2016.

Applicants should be established and internationally recognised senior scholars with professorial competence in their respective fields of expertise. Normally, this translates to so-called Full Professors or Associate Professors, or their equivalence.

Deadline for applications: 20 January 2016.

For more information please see flyer and the Calude Ake Visiting Chair webpage.


Speaker Series

"Welcoming the Unwelcome: Refugee Flows, Integration, and Political Instability"

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

On 26 November, Burcu Savun, Assoc. Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, will hold a lecture on "Welcoming the Unwelcome: Refugee Flows, Integration, and Political Instability". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Claude Ake Memorial Lecture

"What Does it Mean to be Human After Historical Trauma? Re-visioning The Sunflower and Why Hannah Arendt Was Wrong"

By Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Date: Wednesday December 9 at 15.15

Venue: Uppsala University Main Building, room IX

For more information see the Claude Ake Memorial Lecture flyer.

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.

Lisa Karlborg will defend her dissertation: "Enforcing Legitimacy - Perspectives on the Relationship between Intervening Armed Forces and the Local Population in Afghanistan" on 12 December, 10.15, in Gustavianum. The opponent is Professor Roland Paris, University of Ottawa.     

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Recent Publications

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

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. 

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