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

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki visited the Department

On May 16, 2017 the Department hosted a visit to Uppsala University by Dr. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa, now Chancellor of the University of South Africa. He participated in a seminar at the Department on 'Mediation, Mediation Research and the Case of Southern Sudan' with researchers from the Department as well the Nordic Africa Institute. President Mbeki shared insights from his experiences of mediation throughout the African continent. Prior to the seminar he had a meeting with Uppsala University Vice Chancellor Eva Åkesson on continued cooperation with universities of Southern Africa. President Mbeki also paid his respect to former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld at the Uppsala Old Cemetery. The photo taken in the Dag Hammarskjöld room shows (from left to right): Dr. Johan Brosché, Senior Professor Peter Wallensteen, President Thabo Mbeki, Professor Isak Svensson, Professor Erik Melander, and Associate Professor Desirée Nilsson.

Håvard Hegre elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters

Dag Hammarskjöld Professor Håvard Hegre was elected into the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters in March 2017. The Academy is a non-governmental, nationwide body which embraces all fields of learning. Its main purpose is to support the advancement of science and scholarship in Norway. The picture shows Håvard Hegre and Academy President Ole M. Sejersted during the ceremony accepting the new members at the Academy annual meeting 3 May 2017.

More news from the Department

Warlord Democrats in Africa

”Resolving Jihadist Conflicts?” at Nordic conference on violent extremism 

Inhumanities - Past and Present

Lisa Hultman awarded the 2016 Glenn Palmer Prize for best publication in Conflict Management and Peace Science

Ida Rudolfsen wins award for best paper in ISA PDG section

Book Release: Fredens Diplomater

International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM)

New Doctors in Peace and Conflict Research 

For more news, please see News Archive.

Blogs and media

Johan Brosché, Kristine Höglund, Sebastian van Baalen, have written a op ed, published by Svenska Dagbladet, regarding Swedish weapon exports and Sweden’s attempt to export Jas to Botswana. 

Johan Brosché has written a op ed, published by Svenska Dagbladet, regarding Lundin Oil. He was later also interviewed by Svenska Dagbladet about the same topic. 

Peter Wallensteen and Isak Svensson has written a op ed, published by Svenska Dagbladet, pointing to the importance of international mediation (in Swedish). 


Speaker Series

"The Benefits of Bad Behavior: Global Accountability and Local Performance in International Peacebuilding​"

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

On 18 May, Susanna Campbell, Asst. Professor at the School of International Service, American University, will hold a lecture on "The Benefits of Bad Behavior: Global Accountability and Local Performance in International Peacebuilding​". The Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Most welcome!

For more information see the Speaker Series webpage.

Philosophy Tea podcasts

The two sessions for the autumn of 2016, dealing with works of Voltaire (Candide) and Hannah Arendt (The Origins of Totalitarianism) respectively, are available as podcasts.

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Recent Publications

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

Elin Bjarnegård & Joakim Kreutz (eds). 2017. Debating the East Asian Peace: What it is, how it came about, will it last? Copenhagen: NIAS Press

Sebastian van Baalen & Kristine Höglund, 2017. “‘So the Killings Continued’: Wartime Mobilisation and Post-War Violence in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, online first.

Finnbogason, Daniel, Isak Svensson (2017), The missing jihad. Why have there been no jihadist civil wars in Southeast Asia?, The Pacific Review

Themnér, Anders (ed.) (2017), Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics, London: Zed Publishing.

Karlén, Niklas (2017): Turning off the Taps: The Termination of State Sponsorship, Terrorism and Political Violence

Otto, Sabine (2017):  The Grass Is Always Greener? Armed Group Side Switching in Civil Wars, Journal of Conflict resolution, DOI: 10.1177/0022002717693047

Elfversson, Emma & Kristine Höglund (2017). "Home of last resort: Urban land conflict and the Nubians in Kibera, Kenya". Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098017698416

Hegre, Håvard, Nils Metternich, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Julian Wucherpfennig, 2017. ‘Introduction: Forecasting in peace research’. Journal of Peace Research 54(2):113–124.

Hegre, Håvard, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Ranveig Flaten Ræder, 2017. ‘Evaluating the scope and intensity of the conflict trap: A dynamic simulation approach’. Journal of Peace Research 54(2):243–261.

Jägerskog, A., & Kim, K. (2016). Land acquisition: a means to mitigate water scarcity and reduce conflict?Hydrological Sciences Journal61(7), 1338-1345.

Wallensteen, Peter and Isak Svensson. 2016. Fredens Diplomater: Nordisk medling från Bernadotte till AhtisaariSantérus Förlag

Johan Brosché, Mattias Legnér, Joakim Kreutz & Akram Ijla (2016): Heritage under attack: motives for targeting cultural property during armed conflict, International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2016.1261918

Deglow, Annekatrin (2016) Localized legacies of civil war: Postwar violent crime in Northern Ireland. Journal of Peace Research 53(6): 786-799.