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Professor Ashok Swain

Associate Senior Fellow

Professor Ashok Swain

Ashok Swain

Ashok Swain was an Associate Senior Fellow to the SIPRI Climate Change Risk Program. Swain is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, and the Director of Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1991, and since then he has been teaching at the Uppsala University. He has been a Mac Arthur Fellow at the University of Chicago, visiting fellow at UN Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva; and visiting professor at University Witwatersrand, University of Science, Malaysia, University of British Columbia, University of Maryland, Stanford University, McGill University, Tufts University and University of Natural Sciences and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Ashok Swain has written extensively on new security challenges, water sharing issues, environment, conflict and peace, and democratic development issues. He has published 20 books (authored and edited) more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has worked as a consultant on environment, climate change, migration and development issues for various UN agencies, OSCE, NATO, EU, IISS, Arab League, OXFAM, Governments of Sweden, Netherlands, UK and Singapore.

Subject expertise

Causes of Conflict, Conflict dynamics, Environment and conflict, migration and conflict, Environmental Peacebuilding, Sustainable peace, Security and foreign policy

Regional expertise

Global, Asia, Africa and the Middle East


PhD in International Studies

External publications