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

Advisory board meeting for the project Women, war trauma and peace building

In the photo from the left: Karen Brounéus, Karin Dyrstad, Henrik Urdal, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Emma Fulu, Simon Pierre Boulanger Martel, Erika Forsberg, and Peter Wallensteen  

The first Advisory board meeting of the Women, war trauma and peace building project is taking place on June 30-July 1 at the Department. The aim of the project is to study the complex and possibly gendered links between war trauma, psychological health and attitudes towards peace, to better understand the challenges women and men face in the aftermath of war. The first country of study will be Sri Lanka, from where project leader Karen Brounéus and co-investigator Erika Forsberg recently returned from a planning visit with research partners at the University of Colombo. The Advisory board consists of Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (South Africa), Dr Emma Fulu (Australia), Dr Henrik Urdal (Norway) and our own Professor Peter Wallensteen. Also in the picture research assistant Simon Pierre Boulanger Martel and Karin Dyrstad (Norway) with whom the project team collaborates.

Launch of film about East Asian Peace

The Swedish TV journalists Thomas Heldmark and Rolf Wrangnert have produced a film for Uppsala University about the East Asian Peace. It seeks to explain how a whole region with more than 30 per cent of mankind, could make a transition from widespread warfare to what some call a "surprising peace". The film features conflicting views as to how deep or sustainable the regional peace has become. See the film here or find it on YouTube! There is also a Chinese version of this film.

Want to learn more? See the longer version of this film in English or Chinese!

More news from the Department

New data from the Department highlighted by Swedish media

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

New Doctors in Peace and Conflict Research

Reflecting on Peace: Experiences of Rotary Peace Fellows

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Dissertations 2016

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.

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).

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.

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.

Krampe, Florian & Ashok Swain. 2016. Human Development and Minority Empowerment – Exploring regional perspectives on peace in South Asia. In Oliver P. Richmond, Sandra Pogodda, Jasmin Ramovic (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace, Basingstoke: Palsgrave Macmillan, pp. 363-375.

Krampe, F. (2016). Empowering peace: service provision and state legitimacy in Nepal’s peace-building process. Conflict, Security & Development, 16(1), 53–73. 

Brosché, J. and K. Höglund (2016). "Crisis of Governance in South Sudan: Electoral Politics and Violence in the World's Newest Nation." Journal of Modern African Studies 54(1): 67-90.

Ron E Hassner & Isak Svensson (2016), International Relations and Religion, SAGE Library of International Relations:

---Vol I: Religion and International Relations

---Vol II: Religion and War

---Vol III: Religion and Peace

---Vol IV: Religion, IR and Methodologies