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Karin Aggestam

Karin Aggestam is professor of Political Science and holds the Samuel Pufendorf Endowed Chair (Torsten Söderberg Foundation & Ragnar Söderberg Foundation). She is also visiting research professor at Monash University (2016-2018) and honorary professor at University of Queensland, Australia. Karin is excellent teaching practitioner (ETP) at the Teaching Academy of the Social Sciences and the former director of Peace & Conflict Studies, Lund University. She is presently lead author for the International Panel on Social Progress; co-editor of Routledge book series Law, Conflict and International Relations; and board member of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University.

Research interests

Karin's interdisciplinary research interests include peacebuilding, conflict, negotiation/mediation, gender, diplomacy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has published 8 books and contributed to several Handbooks on Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy, Environmental Peacebuilding, Women, Peace, Security and Political Psychology. Her articles have appeared in international journals, such as Millennium, Ethics and International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, International Peacekeeping, Mediterranean Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Studies, International Negotiation, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Peacebuilding, International Environment Agreement and several others.



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  1. Peace agreements and negotiations (forthcoming 2018), Oxford University Press Handbook on Women, Peace, Security, edited by Sara Davies and Jacqui True.
  2. Politics, technocracy and environmental peacebuilding (forthcoming 2018), Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding, edited by Ashok Swain and Joakim Öjendahl


  1. Gendering diplomacy and international negotiation (2017), co-edited with Ann Towns. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Where are the women in peace mediation? ( 2017) with Isak Svensson, in Gendering diplomacy and international negotiation, Karin Aggestam & Ann Towns. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Diplomacy - a gendered institution (2017), with Ann Towns, in Diplomacy in a Globalising World, Pauline Kerr and George Wiseman, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Om Krig och fred. En introduktion till freds- och konflikstudier [On War and Peace] (2017, second edition) co-edited with Kristine Höglund. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
  5. Krig och fred i förändring [War and Peace in Transition] (2017) in Karin Aggestam & Kristine Höglund, eds., Om Krig och fred. En introduktion till freds- och konflikstudier [On War and Peace]. Lund: Studentlitteratur.


  1. Swedish feminist foreign policy in the making: Ethics, politics and gender (2016), with Annika Bergman-Rosamond. Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 30, Issue 3, Fall. [Editors' pick for the 30th Anniversary Issue Selection]
  2. The failure of diplomacy and protection in Syria (2016) with Tim Dunne. Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases, Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield, Tim Dunne (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Diplomatic  mediation (2016). The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, Costas Constantinou, Pauline Kerr, Paul Sharp, eds.
  4. Genus, medling och fredsdiplomati, (2016) i Jenny Björkman, red. RJ:s årsbok 2016. Stockholm: Makadam förlag.
  5. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Conflict and Water Diplomacy in the Nile Basin (2016), with R. Berndtsson, K. Madani, D.-E. Andersson. Water Diplomacy in Action. Contingent Approaches to Managing Complex Water Problems. Shafiqul Islam and Kaveh Madani, eds. London: Anthem.
  6. Depoliticising water conflict. The quest for functional peacebuilding in the Red Sea-Dead-Sea-Water-Conveyance project. (2016) with Anna Sundell, Hydrological Sciences Journal. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2104.99978
  7. Special section: Hydrology and peace in the Middle East (2016), guest editors with Ronny Berndtsson. Special section in Hydrological Sciences Journal.


  1. Peace mediation and the minefield of international recognition games (2015). International Negotiation. Journal of Theory and Practice.20(3): 496-514
  2. Towards agonistic peacebuilding? Exploring the antagonism-agonism nexus in the Middle East Peace Process. 2015). with Fabio Cristiano and Lisa Strömbom, Third World Quarterly. 36(9): 1736-53.
  3. Desecuritisation of water and the technocratic turn in peacebuilding (2015). Journal of International Environmental Agreement. Politics, Law and Economics.15(3): 327-340
  4.  The Nile and the Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam: Is there a meeting point between nationalism and hydrosolidarity? (2015) with Dalia Abdelhady, Dan-Erik Andersson, Olof Beckman, Ronny Berndtsson, Karin Broberg Palmgren, Kaveh Madani, Umut Ozkirimli, Kenneth Persson, Petter Pilesjö, (2015). Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, Issue 155.
  5. The Nile Basin and Hydrosolidarity (2015) with Dan-Erik Andersson, Ronny Berntsson and Kaveh Madani. The Middle East in London. 11(2).
  6. Kvinnliga medlare och hållbara fredsprocesser (2015). Mänsklig säkerhet.
  7. Att bygga rättvis och hållbar 'blå' fred (2015). 15 hållbara lösningar för framtiden. Nina Nordh, red. Lunds universitet: Hållbarhetsforum.
  8. Freds- och konfliktforskning. Omtvistad policyrelevans? (2015). Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten i Lund - en vital 50-åring. En jubileumsskriftGunnar Andersson & Magnus Jerneck (red). Lund: Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten.


  1. Mellan krig och fred i Israel Palestina/Between war and peace in Israel Palestine (2014) with Anders Persson and Lisa Strömbom, Lund: Studentlitteratur
  2. Situating water in peacebuilding (2014) with Anna Sundell. Journal of Water International. 39(1): 10-22.
  3. Conflict Analysis and International Relations (2014), Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology. Nesbitt-Larkin, P.,KInnvall, C., Capelos, T. with Dekker, H. (eds).
  4. Review of Gender, Nationalism and War (2014) Journal of Political Psychology. 35(4)


  1. Rethinking Peacebuilding. The Quest for Just Peace in the Middle East and the Western Balkans (2013, paperback 2014) co-edited with Annika Björkdahl, London: Routledge.
  2. Disempowerment and marginalisation of peace NGOs: exposing peace gaps in Israel and Palestine (2013) with Lisa Strömbom. Journal of Peacebuilding. 1(1), pp. 109-124.
  3. Recognitional just peace (2013) in K. Aggestam & A. Björkdahl, eds. Rethinking Peacebuilding. The Quest for Just Peace in the Middle East and the Western Balkans. Routledge.
  4. Politik för en fredligare värld (2013). i Li Bennich-Björkman (red) Statsvetenskapens frågorLund: Studentlitteratur. 


Karin Aggestam
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