Håkan Wiberg

(1942-2010) Visiting Researcher

Håkan Wiberg
Håkan Wiberg left PRIO in 1982. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Håkan Wiberg is an External Associate at PRIO.


Håkan Wiberg was a frequent visitor to PRIO from the mid-1960s onwards. In 1980 and 1982 he spent several months as guest researcher at PRIO. Wiberg remained in close contact with PRIO and served on the editorial committee of Journal of Peace Research (JPR) continuously since 1977 – a total of 33 years - longer than anyone else.

 Wiberg was a major influence in peace research, not only in the Nordic countries, but also internationally. His doctorate was in sociology (University of Lund, 1977), but he was also well trained in history, philosophy and mathematics. The multidisciplinary background characterized his work. His texbook, Konfliktteori och fredsforskning [Conflict Theory and Peace Research], first published by Scandinavian University Books in 1976, bore testimony to his broad orientation. The editor of JPR, Nils Petter Gleditsch says that he always knew that ‘Håkan had an amazing ability to says something sensible about a manuscript, almost regardless of theme and methodology. He also had a tolerant attitude even when – on the basis of other reviews and my own reading – I reached a conclusion that differed from his’.

For almost two decades, Wiberg’s main base was at Lund University, first as a Director of the Lund University Peace Research Institute (1971-80), then as a Professor of Sociology (1980-88). In 1988, he took up the post as the Director of the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI), a post that he held for the next 14 years (1988-2001). This was a period where COPRI did exceptionally well, which is somewhat ironic given that soon after Wiberg left the post, COPRI was suggested closed by Anders Fogh Rasmussens new government. While a closure was avoided (in large measure because of intense  lobbying of Tanja Cronberg, COPRI’s new director), COPRI was merged with several other institutions into the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in late 2002. Wiberg retired from DIIS in 2007, but remained professionally active.

During Wiberg’s directorship, COPRI gained major recognition for the Copenhagen school in International Relations. Among the most influential voices are Barry Buzan, Ole Wæver, Lene Hansen, and Jaap de Wilde. Wiberg did not himself belong to the Copenhagen school, but as the Director of COPRI he was instrumental in securing favorable working conditions for it. Wiberg has played a major role for the development of peace research, as an original scholar, as an open-minded inspirator, and as a research manager committed to the highest quality standards.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Smith, Dan; Håkan Wiberg & Nils Petter Gleditsch (1992) The Nordic Countries: Peace Dividend or Security Dilemma?, Cooperation and Conflict 27(4): 323–347.
Wiberg, Håkan (1991) States and Nations as Challenges to Peace Research, Journal of Peace Research 28(4): 337–343.
Wiberg, Håkan (1989) Coping with a Greedy Neighbour, Journal of Peace Research 26(3): 319–325.
Wiberg, Håkan (1987) The Security of Small Nations: Challenges and Defences, Journal of Peace Research 24(4): 339–363.
Wiberg, Håkan (1983) Rejoinder to Rudolph J. Rummel, Journal of Peace Research 20(3): 280–280.
Wiberg, Håkan (1982) Rudolph J. Rummel: Understanding Conflict and War, Vols. 1-5, Journal of Peace Research 19(4): 369–386.
Wiberg, Håkan (1981) Mary Kaldor: The Disintegrating West, Journal of Peace Research 18(4): 363–368.
Wiberg, Håkan (1981) JPR 1964-1980 - What Have We Learned About Peace?, Journal of Peace Research 18(2): 111–148.
Wiberg, Håkan (1979) The Horn of Africa, Journal of Peace Research 16(3): 189–196.
Deleu, Pierre & Håkan Wiberg (1978) Rejoinder to Gernot Köhler: Structural Dynamic Arms Control, Journal of Peace Research 15(4): 345–349.
Wiberg, Håkan (1968) Social Position and Peace Philosophy, Journal of Peace Research 5(3): 277–292.


Gleditsch, Nils Petter; Odvar Leine; Hans-Henrik Holm; Tord Høivik; Arne Martin Klausen; Erik Rudeng & Håkan Wiberg (1980) Johan Galtung: A Bibliography of his Scholarly and Popular Writings, 1951–80. Oslo: PRIO. Peace Research Monographs, 9.

PRIO Report

Lodgaard, Sverre; Björn Hettne; Jyrki Käkönen; Peter Wallensteen; & Håkan Wiberg (1991) Norden, Europe and the Near Future, PRIO Report, 3. Oslo: PRIO.