Founded in 2008, the UCD Centre for War Studies promotes a wide range of international research activities focused on the origins, nature, and consequences of all war-related violence from ancient times to the present day.

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An interdisciplinary academic research centre based at University College Dublin, the Centre for War Studies aims to develop new research projects in partnership with other research institutions around the globe. Since its foundation, the Centre has attracted research grants from various national and international agencies such as the Irish Research Council (IRC), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Gerda-Henkel Foundation in Germany. We have also hosted a number of Marie Curie Actions.

The Centre builds upon the existing research interests of a substantial number of staff members in the schools of History, Sociology, and Politics and also serves as a forum for graduate students and early career researchers working on the history of war and interpersonal violence. The Centre prides itself on its international complexion and past and current postodctoral fellows and PhD students have come from the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia, the US and the UK, Spain, Italy and Russia. The Centre currently hosts seven funded postdoctoral researchers.

ERC CivilWars Project (Prof Robert Gerwarth):
CivilWars The Age of Civil Wars in Europe, c. 1914-1949 (ERC Adv: 101054647)

ERC CivilWars Project (Prof Robert Gerwarth):


This project, funded by an ERC Advanced Grant (2022-2027) under grant agreement 101054647, challenges exceptionalist approaches to civil war. While it recognises that significant differences in causes, forms, and/or aftermaths existed between individual civil wars, it argues that those civil wars can only be fully understood as a phenomenon within a pan-European context. 

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Forthcoming Event:

UCD School of History - Centre for War Studies Seminar Series on 30 April 2024

Thomas Peak

Join us at 4pm on Tuesday 30 April 2024 in K114 for a presentation by Dr Thomas Peak of Vilnius University, who will present the paper 'The Language(s) of War: how do we talk ourselves into war

All are welcome to attend this event.


You can also click here to see any upcoming CWS Conferences or Calls for Papers.



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