About the Department

In the heart of Uppsala - The Department is located directly in the heart of Uppsala by the river Fyrisån.

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research is one of thirteen Departments/units at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University. The Department was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. Peace and conflict research is multidisciplinary and the Department does not have any subdivisions or subdisciplines. The Dag Hammarskjöld chair of peace and conflict research – the first of its kind in Sweden – was created in 1985 and a second professorial chair was appointed in 2003. The research staff of the Department further includes some 25–30 professors, assistant and associate professors, and post docs; and some 15–20 PhD candidates. With research assistants and administrative, project, and technical staff, approximately 70 persons are employed by the Department. The Department offers educational programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral level, as well as commissioned training and dialogue programmes.

Research at the Department

The primary goal of research at the Department is to understand the causes and dynamics of peace and conflict. The Department has established itself as a key producer of cutting-edge research and a provider of high-quality data on conflict. The research conducted is mainly theory-based empirical enquiries, while some projects are policy-driven. A range of quantitative and qualitative methods is used, and several projects are multi-method. The Department also houses the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) which provides unique, free and globally accessible data on armed conflict used worldwide for frontline research in the field.

The research falls into three thematic areas that partly overlap: 1) causes and dynamics of conflict, 2) peace processes, and 3) sustainable peace. Research on the causes and dynamics of conflict includes work on direct and contributing reasons and motives, opportunities and risks, for armed and non-violent conflict. Ongoing projects concern subjects such as: gender equality and collective violence; communal conflict; urban violence; climate-related conflict; the causes and consequences of electoral violence; civilian targeting; and the interconnections between different forms of collective violence. Research on peace processes focuses among other issues on mediation, bargaining and negotiation; the resolution of Jihadist conflicts; environmental negotiations; third-party intervention and peacekeeping, and the role of civil society. Work relating to requirements and conditions for sustainable peace is wide-ranging, and investigates the subject from many angles. Included here are projects on reconciliation, transitional justice, and peace-building after internal conflict (including with a gender focus), and on factors promoting or undermining the quality and durability of peace. Connected to this theme are also international and regional security issues. Of particular interest are issues related to international water cooperation; the role of international organizations; and migration and security.

In-house researchers come from several disciplines, the peace and conflict field being in itself interdisciplinary. Most research is externally funded and conducted within projects or programs, the two largest being the UCDP and ViEWS; a program that will develop, test, and iteratively improve a forecasting system that is rigorous, data based, and publicly available to researchers and the international community.

Domestic & International Cooperation

A key aspect of the Department's research is its numerous and wide-ranging collaborations with internationally leading scholars and institutions within and outside Scandinavia and Sweden. It supports and collaborates with peace research milieus around the world, and works to develop a global network. In addition an interdisciplinary collaboration between peace and conflict research, political science, Department of Law and some other departments takes place within the Uppsala Forum on Peace, Democracy and Justice.


Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Mailing address:
Box 514,
SE 751 20 Uppsala

Street address:
Gamla Torget 3, 1:st floor

Phone: +46 (0)18 471 00 00
Fax: +46 (0)18 69 51 02
E-mail: info@pcr.uu.se

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