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PEACE022 Environmental Dimensions of Conflicts and Peace Building 5 ECTS
Organised by
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Person in charge
Teemu Palosaari/TAPRI

Learning outcomes

The student is familiar with the environmental impacts of conflicts, the role of natural resources in conflicts, and environmental peace building.


The course deals with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflicts and peace building. Among the key themes are environmental impacts of conflicts and warfare, and post-conflict environmental analysis. Moreover, the course describes how natural resources can function both as a source of conflicts and as tools in peace building and in post-conflict economic recovery and reconciliation. The theoretical underpinnings of environmental security are also discussed.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Lecture seminars (24 h) and lecture diary or exam.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Dalby, Simon 2009. Security and Environmental Change. Cambridge: Polity.

Leichenko, Robin & O’Brien Karen 2008. Environmental Change and Globalization. Double Exposures. Oxford University Press.

Ross, Michael L. 2004. “What Do We Know About Natural Resources and Civil War?” Journal of Peace Research 41(3), 337-356.

United Nations Environment Programme UNEP 2009. From Conflict to Peacebuilding. The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Further information

Some room in the course for exchange students and other students, please contact the teacher before the course.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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School of Social Sciences and Humanities