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Anna Jarstad

Professor, Program Director

Niklas Eklund

Associate Professor

Dzenan Sahovic

Associate professor

Johanna Söderström

Associate Professor

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Patrik Johansson

Associate Professor

Abrak Saati


Veronica Strandh


Malin E. Wimelius

Associate Professor

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Malin Åkebo

Researcher, Deputy Program Director

Elisabeth Olivius


Nilanjana Premaratna


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The advisory board consists of prominent Peace and Conflict scholars from Sweden and abroad. It meets discuss program-related matters. Members of the Advisory Board are:

Sunil Bastian, research consultant, Sri Lanka. Sunil Bastian is a political economist based in Colombo. He has researched and published widely on issues related to peace and has more than two decades of consultancy experience with a range of donor agencies in this area. Bastian has previously been a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies and chairperson of the Centre for Poverty Analysis.

Professor Lorraine Elliott, Australian National University. Professor Elliott is ANU Public Policy Fellow at the Department of International Relations, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies. She works eg. on non-traditional security including climate security and environmental security and is the Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

Professor Richard Jackson, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand is a world leading expert on critical terrorism studies. He is currently working on a major project on non-violence and pacifism.

Assistant Professor Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, works as a researcher at Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm and Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. Her work includes from rebel-to-political party transitions and electoral violence in countries such as Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cambodia.

Professor Morten Bøås, Norweigan Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, works predominantly on peace and conflict in Africa, including issues such as land rights and citizenship conflicts, youth, ex-combatants and the new landscape of insurgencies and geopolitics.

Dr. Michelle Ann Miller, Senior Research Fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, is the author of Rebellion and Reform in Indonesia. She also works e.g. on rural-urban issues in Banda Aceh.

Professor Peter Wallensteen. Peter Wallensteen is a Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, since 2012. He was Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University 1985-2012. He is also Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, since 2006. One of his recent publications is Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory and World Order (Oxford University Press 2015).


Professor Timothy Sisk, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, University of Denver. Sisk's research focuses on the nexus between democracy and governance and the management of conflict in deeply divided societies, especially those emerging from civil war.  He has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, in peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.

Professor Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professor of Political Science, University of Montréal. Her research interests are in topics of political violence, conflict resolution and peace consolidation. Professor Zahar has done field work in many places in the Near East, in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Balkans. She has recently examined the impact of programs to promote democracy as part of peace consolidation operations and undertook a research program on international assistance for organizing and holding elections in post-conflict situations.

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One of the main strengths of the Varieties of Peace research program are the international collaboration activities with leading scholars in Peace and Conflict Studies from around the world. The Varieties of Peace research program has established a scheme for visiting scholars offering the opportunity to spend one or two months working within our research environment. Funding for direct costs of travel and stay in Sweden are covered by the program, yet not salaries and other expenses. 

The first round of applications has resulted in five scholars who will take part in the program either in 2019. These are four juniour researchers Arvid Lundberg, Jason Klocek, Velomahanina Razakamarahavo and Daniela Lai; and one senior Visiting Scholar, Lars Waldorf.  

Stay tuned for next round of applications for year 2020! 


Arvid Lundberg

Junior Visiting Researcher, January-February 2019

Arvid Lundberg’s research deals with questions concerning the political culture of the Jordanian protest movements during the Arab Spring, and he has done fieldwork in Jordan and Syria.




Jason Klocek

Junior Visiting Researcher, May-June 2019

Jason Klocek is a Global Religion Research Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society. His research examines state counterinsurgency and repression; religious and political violence; and religious peacebuilding. Klocek’s most recent published work is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. More information on his research is available at




Velomahanina Razakamaharavo

Junior Visiting Researcher, June 2019

Dr Velomahanina Razakamaharavo obtained her PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, BSIS. She is a Research Associate/ Scientific Collaborator at UCLouvain and a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance of EUI. She mainly works on the dynamics of conflict recurrence and transformation, gender in peace operations, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the fields of peace and security.




Daniela Lai

Junior Visiting Researcher, Augusti-September 2019

Dr Daniela Lai is a Lecturer in International Relations at London South Bank University. She obtained her PhD in 2017 from Royal Holloway, University of London, and has worked at University College London and the London School of Economics before joining LSBU. Daniela’s research addresses the connections between post-war justice processes and the political economy of post-conflict states. Her current project investigates the role of economic actors in post-war justice processes.



Twitter: @DanielaLai_


Lars Waldorf

Senior Visiting Researcher, fall 2019

Lars is a Reader at Dundee Law School who works on transitional justice and peacebuilding in post-genocide Rwanda and post-war Sri Lanka. He ran a project on dance and legal empowerment for people with war-related disabilities in Sri Lanka: He co-edited Remaking Rwanda; Localizing Transitional Justice; and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants. He also helped create a research network on comparative peacebuilding in Asia:

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