Lisa Hultman

senior lecturer at Department of Peace and Conflict Research

+4618-471 6121
Mobile phone:
+46 70 9629240
Visiting address:
Gamla Torget 3, 1tr
753 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

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Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Research; Deputy Head of Department.

My research is focused on understanding civil war dynamics, in particular violence against civilians, and how interventions by the international community influence such processes. I'm heading the projects Ending Atrocities (Wallenberg Academy Fellow) and The Politics of Protection (VR Consolidator grant).

Areas of expertise: violence against civilians; UN peacekeeping; protection of civilians; responses to atrocities

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I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) of peace and conflict research. Most of my research revolves around two central themes: first, understanding violence against civilians and the dynamics of civil war violence; second, the response by the international community and the impact of various forms of interventions in addressing such violence.

I got my PhD in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University in 2008 (docent in 2013). After that, I spent one year as a research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and two years as a researcher at the Swedish National Defence College. Since 2011, I am back at Uppsala University. As of January 2018, I serve as the Deputy Head of Department.

In 2014 I was appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellow, which has allowed me to build a research team around the theme of international intervention and protection of civilians. I have also developed a master-level course on this topic. Since 2019, I am the holder of a Consolidator grant from the Swedish Research Council to conduct research on what factors determine international responses to atrocities.

I am currently a member of the council of the Peace Science Society (International). I also serve on the editorial boards of three journals: Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Peacekeeping, and International Studies Quarterly. I have formerly been a member of the European Peace Science Society steering committee. Between 2015 and 2017 I served on the Swedish Research Council review panel for political science, peace and conflict, and media and communication; in 2017, I was the chair of the panel.


Current research projects:

  1. The Politics of Protection: Explaining International Responses to Atrocities (project leader Lisa Hultman)
  2. Ending Atrocities: Third-Party Interventions into Civil Wars (project leader Lisa Hultman)
  3. Threatening Ties: Understanding Wartime Civilian Targeting along Ethnic Lines (project leader Hanne Fjelde)
  4. ViEWS (project leader Håvard Hegre)

Recently completed projects:

  1. Protection of Civilians: UN Peacekeeping Strategies and Their Effectiveness (project leader Lisa Hultman)

Links to blog posts and popularized work:

  1. Hanne Fjelde, Lisa Hultman, and Desirée Nilsson. “The UN’s Defining Challenge: Peacekeeping and Protection of Civilians” Political Violence at a Glance, 24 October 2018.
  2. Hegre, Håvard, Lisa Hultman, and Håvard Mokleiv Nygård. “U.N. Peacekeeping Really Can Be Effective. Here is How We Tabulated This.” Monkey Cage, Washington Post, 28 June 2018.
  3. Brosché, Johan et al. “9 punkter för global fred.” Uppsala Nya Tidning, 25 October 2015.
  4. Hegre, Håvard, Lisa Hultman, and Håvard Mokleiv Nygård. 2015. “Peacekeeping Works”. PRIO Conflict Trends 01/2015.
  5. Fjelde Hanne and Lisa Hultman. “Ethnicity and Collective Targeting in Civil Wars.” Guest post at Political Violence at a Glance, 13 April 2015.
  6. Hultman, Lisa. “Satsa på FN:s fredsbevarande operationer.” Post on web magazine Mänsklig säkerhet, 28 Sept 2015.
  7. Hultman, Lisa. “Robust Peacekeeping: A Desirable Development?”, E-International Relations, 2 Sept 2014.
  8. Hultman, Lisa Jacob Kathman and Megan Shannon. “UN Peacekeeping and Violence in Civil Wars”, guest post on the Early Warning Project Blog, 13 June 2014.


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