Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya


Location of Activities

South Asia
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Banaras Hindu University
UNESCO Chair Professor for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Banaras Hindu University

Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya is widely regarded as the pioneer of peace studies in India and holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding at Banaras Hindu University, in addition to over thirty years teaching international relations and peace studies as well as managing the Malaviya Center for Peace Research situated at the University. He has contributed as a Resource Person for UN University of Peace and at the Henry L Stimson Center, Washington DC and was visiting speaker at the Foreign Service Institute, Naval War Academy and National Defense College in India. He has also taught and carried out research in Political Science & Conflict Resolution in many parts of the world, including Concordia University, Montreal; Ulster University in Northern Ireland, at the Department of Political Science, Karlstad University in Sweden and US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. In 2014, Prof Upadhyaya served as the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies at Dublin City University.

In 2016, he gave a path breaking speech at the UN Consultative meeting in Geneva on ‘Peace as a process’ in which he highlighted the transformative force of peace and its linkages to sustainable development. Upadhyaya was appointed as PRIO Global Fellow by the Peace Research Institute Oslo in June 2017, having worked closely with PRIO researchers on several different projects beforehand.

Professor Upadhyaya holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as Advance International Diploma(s) in Conflict Resolution from the Uppsala University, Sweden. He carried out Post-Doctoral Research at London University and the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington DC.

Biography as at 28.03.18
Main Publications: 

1.) 2018 Redefining Peace in Seven Decades of UN Practice, UNESCO, Paris (forthcoming.)

2.) 2017 ‘Women’s Rights and Empowerment: The Indian Context’, Ashild Kolas (ed) Women, Peace and Security in Northeast India, Zubaan Academic, Delhi.

3.) 2017 ‘Intercultural Dialogue: Lineage and Practice in Indian Subcontinent’. (ed.) Fethi Mansouri, Promise and Challenge of Intercultural Dialogue: from Theory to Policy and Practice’, UNESCO (Paris.)

4.) 2016 ‘Traditional Institutions of Dispute Resolution in India: Experiences from Khasi and Garo Hills’ in Meghalaya. Berlin: Berghof Foundation.

5.) 2015. ‘Peacebuilding in India: Meghalaya’s Experience’ (Author). In Cultures of Governance and Peace: A Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches, edited by J. Peter Burgess, Oliver Richmond, Ranabir Samaddar. Manchester: University of Manchester.

6.) 2014. Peace and Conflict: The South Asian Experience (ed.). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press India.

7.) 2014. ‘Revisiting Gandhi’s Visions for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development’, in Education for Peace and Sustainable Development: Concepts, Clarity and commissioned by MGIEP, New Delhi: MGIEP/UNESCO.

8.) 2013. Comparative report on empirical basis for global governance, Europe and India: Peacebuilding in Europe and India: Theory and Practice, Oslo, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Available at: http://www.iai.it/en/pubblicazioni/comparative-report-empirical-basis-gl....

9.) 2013. ‘Depleting Ground Water Resources and risks to India’s Water Security’. In India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Challenge, edited by Jason Miklian and Ashild Kolas, 33-45. Routledge.

10.) 2013. ‘Interrogating Peace in Meghalaya’ (co-author), CORE Policy Brief, 03. Oslo: PRIO.

11.) 2011. ‘Exploring Indian Peace Perspectives in New Millennium’. In A Survey of Research in Political Science – Vol. IIV international Relations, edited by Achin Vainik. London: Oxford University Press.

12.) 2010. ‘Communal Peace in India: Lessons from Multicultural Banaras’. In Religion and Security in South and Central Asia, edited by K. Warikoo. London: Routledge.

13.) 2010. ‘Hinduism and Peace Education’, In Spirituality, Religion and Peace Education, edited by Jing Lin, Edward J. Brantmeier. Charlotte: Information Age.

14.) 2009. ‘Peace and Conflict: Reflections on Indian Thinking’, Strategic Analysis, London: Routledge 33(1).

15.) 2006. ‘Securitization Matrix in South Asia: Bangladeshi Migrants as Enemy Alien’. In Understanding Non Traditional Security in Asia: Dilemmas in Securitization, edited by Anthony, Emmers and Acharya. Ashgate.

16.) 2005. ‘India and the Reforms at the United Nations (India y la reforma de las Naciones Unidas)’. In 60 AÑOS DE LA ONU: ¿QUÉ DEBE CAMBIAR? Australia: Australian National University.

17.) 2004. ‘Human Security, Humanitarian Intervention and Third World Concerns’, Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, 33(4), Fall.

Areas of Actions: 
Shared Human ValuesInterreligious DialoguePeace and Reconciliation
Forms of Actions: 
ResearchInformation DistributionEducational Programmes