The Department was established in 1971 to conduct research and offers courses in peace and conflict studies. Peace and conflict research is multidisciplinary and the Department recruits researchers from disciplines such as sociology, psychology and political science. The Dag Hammarskjöld chair of peace and conflict research – the first of its kind in Sweden – was created in 1985 and by that time the Department begun to develop complete educational programs. Today the Department offers educational programs for some 300 students at the bachelor, master and doctoral level, as well as commissioned training and dialogue programs.
CSC partnered with Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University for Nonviolence Research Project and Gender, War Trauma and Peacebuilding Project.