Emma Elfversson

researcher at Department of Peace and Conflict Research

+4618-471 7651
Visiting address:
Gamla Torget 3, 1tr
753 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

My research interests concern ethnic politics and communal conflict, the role of state and non-state actors in addressing communal conflicts, and rural/urban dimensions of organized violence. I am currently involved in the project Vulnerable Cities. I employ both qualitative and quantitative methods; field research focuses on cases in Kenya. My doctoral thesis, Central Politics and Local Peacemaking: The Conditions for Peace after Communal Conflict (2017) is available here.

Keywords: peacebuilding conflict research conflict resolution mediation communal conflict kenya africa urban violence sustainable development indigeneity ethnicity and nationalism comparative politics urban governance

My courses


I hold a Ph.D. (2017) and a Politices Magister degree (2008) from Uppsala University. My doctoral thesis, Central Politics and Local Peacemaking: The Conditions for Peace after Communal Conflict (2017) is available here. Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I worked for two years as a research assistant with the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP).


I have been involved in a range of courses at the department, including as thesis supervisor, both at Bachelor and MA level. I am currently involved in directing the MA-level course International Conflict Resolution (ICR) as well as the online A-course in Peace and conflict studies. Previously, I have directed the Conflict Resolution module (B-level), and been involved as seminar leader and lecturer on several undergraduate and MA courses.

Service to the profession

I am currently serving as teacher representative to the board at the Department. I have held a number of other positions of trust at Uppsala University, including vice chairperson in the Student Union's Doctoral Board; the presidium of the Academic Senate; chairperson of the PhD council at the faculty of social sciences; a member of the social sciences faculty board; and a member of the Martin H:son Holmdahl scholarship committee.


I am currently involved in the project Vulnerable Cities: Conflict prevention in urban planning, urban regeneration & urban governance (the project page is found here). The project seeks to deepen our understanding of urban violence and its links to armed conflict, as well as how different conflict preventive strategies can prevent the outbreak of armed conflict in vulnerable cities. Within the project, I conduct quantitative research as well as case study research focusing on Nairobi, Kenya. During 2019 I will also launch the collaborative project The Urban Dilemma: Urbanization and ethnocommunal conflict (project page), of which I am the Principal Investigator.

My doctoral research analyzed the durable resolution of communal conflict, and the role of the state and non-state actors in resolving such conflicts, focusing on cases in Africa (the project page is found here). I investigated the dynamics between local conflict resolution processes and central government strategies, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. My case studies focus on communal conflicts in Kenya. The introduction to the thesis (kappa) is available here. A summary of my dissertation, with an emphasis on policy relevant implications, can be found here.


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