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.

The Department is seeking to fill 1 PhD position with focus on natural disasters and climate change (UFV-PA 2017/2311).


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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International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) 2017 

Photo:Kristin Blom 

The first International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) 2017 organized in collaboration with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala June 7-17 was completed with success.

The training brought to Uppsala a qualified group of practicioners, policymakers and researchers working in the field of dialogue and mediation from a range of inter- and non-governmental organizations working both regionally and nationally as well as universities and research institutes from a total of 17 different countries.* Topics such as conflict trends and actors, inclusivity, gender and peace operations, peace agreements, mediation and leadership, DDR, bridging policy and research, sustainable peace, international mediation and reconciliation were discussed. The group is now part of the Department’s alumni of 750 participants who have attended International Training Programmes (ITPs) at the Department since 1988 and the discussions on sustainable peace will continue in different alumni settings and on social media.

*Specifically the participants represented the UN Missions in Colombia, DR Congo and Darfur, UNDP in Ukraine, ACCORD in South Africa, COMESA in Zambia, WANEP in Ghana, Rema Institute in Burundi, Life and Peace Institute in Kenya, Heal Zimbabwe Trust, EVE Organization for Women Development in South Sudan, MEDNET in the Philippines, Ir-Amin in Palestine/Israel, Ba-Futuru in East Timor, Center for Civic Collaboration in Mexico, Pro Public in Nepal, MUD in Venezuela, High Commissioner of Peace in Colombia, CEPAD in East Timor and Mindanau State University in the Philippines.

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New UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation

The Department congratulates Ashok Swain, Professor at the Department and Director of the Research School on International Water Cooperation, who has been appointed a UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation. This is the first UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Chair at Uppsala University.

Uppsala University has signed an agreement with UNESCO about establishing a chair at Uppsala University focused on research about international water issues - the UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation. The task of the chair holder is to promote research and teaching on international water management and water governance issues and to facilitate collaboration within and outside Uppsala University.  

 “Naturally I am very honoured to be appointed UNESCO Chair,” says Ashok Swain. “A large part of my research deals with water, climate change, peace and conflict, and my work will be carried out within the framework of the Research School on International Cooperation which was established in 2014 in collaboration with Sweden’s first UNESCO centre, the International Water Cooperation at Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).”

Read more:

UU News: First UNESCO Chair at Uppsala University

More news from the Department

The Department congratulates its successful masters students

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki visited the Department

Håvard Hegre elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters

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

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). 


Philosophy Tea 2017

The sessions of Philosophy Tea at the Regina Theatre continues also for the autumn 2017 with three sessions. Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will discuss Dag Hammarskjöld, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Ibn Khaldun, respectively. This is a cooperation between the Regina Theatre and Uppsala University, and students get a reduced price. 

The two most recent sessions are also available as podcasts: Baruch Spinoza and Bertha von Suttner, go to, where also earlier podcasts are available.

Recent Publications

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

Allansson, Marie, Erik Melander and Lotta Themnér, 2017. Organized violence, 1989-2016Journal of Peace Research. Vol 54 (4): 574-587.

Yasuda, Y., Aich, D., Hill, D., Huntjens, P., Swain, A. (2017) Transboundary Water Cooperation over the Brahmaputra River: Legal Political Economy Analysis of Current and Future Potential Cooperation. The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Yasuda, Y., Schillinger, J., Huntjens, P. Alofs, C., De Man, R. (2017) Transboundary Water Cooperation over the lower part of the Jordan River Basin: Legal Political Economy Analysis of Current and Future Potential Cooperation. The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Brosché, Johan and Allard Duursma (2017) “Hurdles to peace: a level-of-analysis approach to resolving Sudan’s civil warsThird World Quarterly DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1333417

Bara, Corinne (2017): Legacies of Violence: Conflict-specific Capital and the Postconflict Diffusion of Civil War. Journal of Conflict Resolution, published online ahead of print on 7 June 2017, doi: 10.1177/0022002717711501.

Daniel Druckman and Peter Wallensteen 2017. ‘Summit Meetings: Good or Bad?,’ Global Summitry. Vol. 2, 71-92.

Peter Wallensteen 2017. ‘Wars, Civil Wars and Armed Conflict: Patterns, Trends and Analytic Paradigms.’ In States and Peoples in Conflict. Transformations of Conflict Studies, edited by Michael Stohl, Mark I. Lichbach, Peter Nils Grabosky. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 253-271.

Karlén, Niklas (2017): The Legacy of Foreign Patrons: External State Support and Conflict RecurrenceJournal of Peace Research

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