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

ERC Advanced Grant to the Department to fund the development of ViEWS – a political Violence Early Warning System

The project, directed by Håvard Hegre and involving Hanne Fjelde, Lisa Hultman, Desiree Nilsson, as well as an international team of researchers, will develop, test, and iteratively improve a pilot Violence Early-Warning System (ViEWS) that is rigorous, data-based, and publicly available to researchers and the international community. The ultimate goal is to build an early-warning system of sufficient quality and transparency to enable the international community to effectively assist conflict-affected populations.

Developing ViEWS is challenging, but feasible. The conflict research community has laid the ground for such a system through careful isolation of theoretically manageable sub-components of complex phenomena, and concomitant systematic, disaggregated data collection efforts. A major innovation in the project is to integrate these isolated research programs into a theoretically and methodologically consistent forecasting system, guided by continuous out-of-sample evaluation. This integration effort will not only allow an early-warning system of unprecedented scope and performance, but also build theoretically informative bridges between numerous compartmentalized conflict research programs.

ViEWS will provide early warnings for four forms of political violence: armed conflict involving states and rebel groups, armed conflict between non-state actors, violence against civilians, and forced population displacement, and apply these to specific actors, sub-national geographical units, and countries. The system will leverage the data resources of the UCDP and other data sources developed by the Department and the project’s international partners.

ERC Press Release

For information on Hegre's earlier work on conflict forecasting, see Håvard Hegre´s blog.

More news from the Department

The ISA Peace Studies Section’s Distinguished Scholars Award

International Relations and Religion

Philosophy Tea

DPCR congratulates new doctor in peace research

Visit by Professor Kevin Clements to Uppsala

For more news, please see News Archive.


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Speaker Series

"Money as a Weapons System (MAAWS)"

19 May, 13.15-15.00 (Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3)

On 19 May, Katherine Barbieri, Assoc. Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina, will hold a lecture on "Money as a Weapons System (MAAWS)". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

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.

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Recent Publications

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

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

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.