Peter Wallensten awarded the Torgny Segerstedt Medal


Photo: Karin Wallensteen

The Department congratulates Senior Professor Peter Wallensteen for being awarded the Torgny Segerstedt Medal. He receives it for his extensive contributions to peace and conflict research. The medal was presented at the winter conferment ceremony on 25 January.

Explanatory statement

Peter Wallensteen is Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. During the 1985–2012 period, he was the first holder of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Wallensteen founded the unique Uppsala Conflict Data Programme, a key resource for research on the subject throughout the world. He has also participated in international conflict settlement processes and frequently collaborates with practitioners and policy makers. While working to establish the new discipline, Peter Wallensteen also focused on creating interfaces and exchanges with other parts of the world, particularly in conflict-ridden and poor countries. Over the years he has inspired many students and colleagues, both in Sweden and internationally, to become associated with the relatively new discipline of peace and conflict research.

The medal was instituted in honour of Torgny Segerstedt for his contributions as vice-chancellor of Uppsala University for 23 years and was first presented in 1988. The medal is awarded every two years to “Swedish scientists for especially outstanding contributions within the humanities and social sciences”.