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PhD candidate Florian Krampe defends his doctoral dissertation

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PhD candidate Florian Krampe at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, defends his doctoral dissertation entitled ”Building Sustainable Peace: Understanding the Linkages between Social, Political, and Ecological Processes in Post-War Countries” on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 13.00. Venue: Auditorium Minus, Museum Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3, Uppsala.

The faculty opponent is Associate Professor Larry Swatuk, Director of the International Development program at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

The thesis contains four academic works, one is a case study of ownership frames in the UNEP’s environmental peacebuilding policy framework; the second focuses on the Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan After 9/11; the third deals with Post-conflict water resource management in Kosovo; and the final one is entitled ”Empowering peace: service provision and state legitimacy in Nepal’s peace-building process”. It was published in the peer reviewed Routledge journal Conflict, Security and Development in its Volume NO. 16. Here, Krampe studies the relationship between service provision and state legitimacy to assess whether the provision of services like electricity to rural communities of war-torn countries through state actors contributes to the consolidation of the post-war political system.

Abstract of thesis: 

Post-war countries are among the most difficult policy arenas for international and domestic actors. The challenge is not only to stop violence and prevent violence from rekindling, but moreover to help countries reset their internal relations on a peaceful path. The indirect, long-term effects of wars further exaggerate this challenge. Many of these relate to political and social aspects of post-war countries. Lasting impressions of human rights abuses committed during wars continue to shape the relations among members of societies for decades to come. Both, socio-economic impacts and political impacts challenge the stability of post-war countries for many years. The challenges to public health have been found to be especially severe and affect disproportionately the civilian population of post-war countries. Environmental and climate change exposes post-war populations further to new risks, exaggerating the human costs of war long after active combat has ceased. Read more...

Florian Krampe is also the Director for Uppsala University’s Forum for South Asia Studies.