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Uppsala University

In the Development Research School, Uppsala University brings expertise on politics, peace and conflict. Read more about it below.

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Research Environment

The centre of the research environment of development research at Uppsala University is found in the neighbouring and collaborating departments of Government and Peace and Conflict Research. Together, the two departments contribute to the Development Research School with extensive and deep knowledge of how politics, including peace and conflict, shapes the conditions for poverty reduction and sustainable development.

They also bring collective competence in a wide scope of research methods ranging from quantitative analysis to ethnography. The development research environment in the Department of Government encompasses five full professors, ten senior lecturers, five researchers, and four doctoral students.

The focus of research is:

  • Democracy
  • Peacebuilding
  • Gender relations
  • The environment
  • Climate and migration

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research is an internationally acknowledged leading research environment on the causes, processes and consequences of peace and conflict, and five full professors, seven senior lecturers, six researchers and five doctoral students conduct their research in relation to issues of developmentand poverty reduction.

The two departments offer a joint Bachelor’s Programme in Peace and Development Studies. The Department of Government, which is subject host of development studies,is a member of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).

The wider research environment at Uppsala also comprises the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, home to more than 20 members of staff doing development research related to the proposed Research School and hosting the Forum for Africa Studies, the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), a transdisciplinary centre for development studies education, and the Nordic Africa Institute.