Societies at Risk

Societies at risk is a multi-disciplinary research program at Uppsala University that brings together scholars from public health research, economics, political science, peace and conflict research, and natural disaster science to study the impacts of armed conflict in much more detail and comprehensiveness than before.

The programme takes a risk-analysis perspective, seeing the expected impact as a function of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability. It considers effects at both the macro and micro level, on economies, health, water security, political institutions, human rights, forced migration, and gender equality; and analyses how the various impacts and vulnerabilities identified work to reinforce each other.

In order to assist actors that seek to reduce the impact of armed conflict on human development, the programme will also produce evidence-based policy recommendations for anticipatory action.

Societies at Risk pools the insights of specialists from Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet (KI), V-Dem at University of Gothenburg, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), International Security and Development Center (ISDC), Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (ASED-CRED asbl), and University of Pittsburgh.

The programme runs from January 2022 – December 2027 with funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Uppsala University.

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Principal Investigator: Håvard Hegre (