About the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Peace and Conflict Research is a young discipline at Uppsala University. The Department was established in 1971 to conduct research and offers courses in peace and conflict studies. Peace and conflict research is multidisciplinary and the Department recruits researchers from disciplines such as sociology, psychology and political science. The Dag Hammarskjöld chair of peace and conflict research – the first of its kind in Sweden – was created in 1985 and by that time the Department begun to develop complete educational programs. Today some 80 persons are employed by the Department, which means that it has developed into one of the largest research environments at the faculty of Social Science at Uppsala University. In addition, the Department offers educational programs for some 300 students at the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level, as well as commissioned training and dialogue programs.

Read more about the founding of the Department and how it has developed over the years (in English and in Swedish).

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The international evaluation panel 2017

“The Department of Peace and Conflict Research has achieved a rare feat: It has built up a world-leading research environment in conflict research. First, researchers at the Department regularly publish in some of the best journals in especially political science and peace research. Second, the Department has successfully internationalized research and teaching. Third, this has occurred via a decentralized strategy that empowers researchers and research groups and via strong norms about research excellence.” 

KoF17: Quality and Renewal 2017. Uppsala University 

Last modified: 2022-02-14