Priyankar Upadhyaya

PRIO Global Fellow

Priyankar Upadhyaya
Priyankar Upadhyaya left PRIO in 2022. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Priyankar Upadhyaya is an External Associate at PRIO.


​​Guest researcher at PRIO June-July 2016.

PRIO Global Fellow 2017-2022.

​Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya currently serves as the UNESCO Chair Professor for Peace and Intercultural Understanding at the Banaras Hindu University where he also heads the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research one of the prestigious Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies. He has done post-doctoral studies at London University and holds a Ph.D. and M. Phil. Degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University and an Advance International Diploma in Conflict Resolution from the Uppsala University. He has taught international relations and peace studies for over three decades and supervised over 25 doctoral and postdoctoral researches. ​

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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2020) Building Peace through Education and Culture: Evolving UN Perspectives, Strategic Analysis 44(5): 429–437.
Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2018) Human Rights for Sustaining Peace: Emerging UN perspectives, Journal of the National Human Rights Commission, India 17: 147–163.

Book Chapter

Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2020) Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue as a Vector of ‘Sustaining Peace’, in David Fernandez Puyana, ed., Promoting peace, human rights and dialogue among civilizations. San Jose: UPEACE Press (271–282).
Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2020) Towards Sustaining Peace: A Transformative UN Approach, in Majumdar, Anindya Jyoti; & Shibashis Chatterjee Shibashis Chatterjee, eds, Peace and Conflict Studies: Perspectives from South Asia. New Delhi: Routledge India (135–148).
Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2020) Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: A Transformative Vision of Intercultural Peace, in Gupta, Arvind; & Arpita Mitra, eds, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality. New Delhi: Aryan Books International.
Upadhyaya, Priyankar & Åshild Kolås (2018) Part I: Perspectives from Peace Research, in Priyankar Upadhyaya, ed., Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention. Paris: UNESCO (29–69).
Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2017) Intercultural dialogue: lineage and practice in the Indian subcontinent, in Fethi Mansouri, ed., Interculturalism at the Crossroads, Comparative Perspectives on Concepts, Policies and Practices. Paris: UNESCO Publishing (195–211).
Upadhyaya, Priyankar (2017) Women’s Rights and Empowerment: The Indian Context, in Åshild Kolås, ed., Women, Peace and Security in Northeast India. New Delhi: Zubaan Books.

Edited Volume

Upadhyaya, Priyankar (ed.) (2018) Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention. Paris: UNESCO.
Upadhyaya, Priyankar; & Samrat Schmiem Kumar, eds, (2014) Peace and Conflict: The South Asian Experience. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, India.

PRIO Report

Kolås, Åshild; Uttam Kumar Sinha; Jason Miklian; Ruchita Beri; Elida K. U. Jacobsen; Reshmi Kazi; Priyankar Upadhyaya; Rajiv Nayan; Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya; & Ida Roland Birkvad (2018) India in the World: Emerging Perspectives on Global Challenges, PRIO Project Summary. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Policy Brief

Upadhyaya, Anjoo Sharan; Priyankar Upadhyaya & Ajay Kumar Yadav (2013) Interrogating peace in Meghalaya, CORE Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Upadhyaya, Anjoo Sharan; & Priyankar Upadhyaya (2016) Traditional Institutions of Dispute Resolution in India: Experiences from Khasi and Garo Hills in Meghalaya, India Case Study Report. Berlin: Berghof Foundation.