Natural Resources and Conflict

11 october, 13:30-15:00, Sensus: Klara Södra kyrkogata 1, Stockhom. Conference room: "Våga"

When? Wednesday, 11 October at 1.30 p.m.–3.00 p.m.

Where? Sensus, Klara Södra kyrgogata 1, Stockholm. Conference room: “Våga”

Registration and coffee/tea from 1.00 p.m.

The seminar will be held in English.


Lack of access to water, food and other essential natural resources is a source of conflict, and climate change is exacerbating an already difficult situation. Knowledge of what the processes look like that lead to conflicts arising is also the key to preventing and counteracting conflict. So what does the latest research really say about how conflicts and violence linked to different natural resources arise, and about what is most effective in working for peaceful solutions?

The Expert Group for Aid Studies, EBA, has published three Development Dissertation Briefs (DDBs) based on doctoral dissertations recently published at Swedish universities on this topic. They investigate for example questions such as: Can drought create incentives for cooperation between individuals and groups? Why does an insecure food supply sometimes lead to social unrest and sometimes not? And is there a need for a new understanding of what are “vital natural resources”?

Authors Stefan Döring, Ida Rudolfsen and Marie Schellens will present and discuss their exciting research, together with Johanna Malm, head of research at Folke Bernadotteakademin. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in and learn from new aid-relevant research from Swedish universities!




Stefan Döring, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

“Bridge over Troubled Water: Conflict and Cooperation During Water Scarcity”

Ida Rudolfsen, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

“Food Insecurity and Social Conflict”

Marie Schellens, Department of Natural Geography, Stockholm University and Environment and Natural Resource Programme, University of Iceland

“Violent natural resource conflicts – definitions, frameworks, and modeling towards prevention”

Moderator: Jan Pettersson, Head of Office, Expert Group for aid analysis

Commentator: Johanna Malm, head of research at Folke Bernadotteakademin


Time for questions from the audience.