Desirée Nilsson

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Peace and Conflict Research

+4618-471 2355
Visiting address:
Gamla Torget 3, 1tr
753 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Research, and Director of Studies of the PhD Program.

Currently on leave for a Matariki Fellowship at University of Otago from mid-October 2023 to early April 2024.

Keywords: peace agreements conflict termination multiparty conflicts civil society actors in peace processes spoilers power sharing rebel fragmentation peacekeeping islamist conflicts

Since 2011, I am Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. My expertise lies in conflict resolution in civil wars with a particular focus on multiparty dynamics, including topics such as inclusive peace processes, rebel group fragmentation, and peacekeeping operations. My publications appear in prominent journal such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and Security Studies. I am serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Peace Research and I am on the board of Conflict Management and Peace Science.

I am currently PI of a major research project on the role of civil society organizations in peace processes, funded by the Swedish Research Council, and co-investigator in a research project about mediation in civil war. Until recently, I acted as deputy leader of the Swedish node in the PAVE project under the European Union H2020 scheme.

I have held visiting fellowships at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Notre Dame University, and Stanford University. Previous positions of trust include the council of the Peace Science Society (International), the steering committee of the Network for European Peace Scientists (NEPS), the Research Workshops Grants Committee of the International Studies Association, and the Review Panel for HS-E: Political Science, Peace and Conflict Research, Media and Communication, Swedish Research Council.

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Desirée Nilsson