Roskilde University

Staff members at RUC have formed an interdisciplinary research group with expertise in international development, international relations and peace studies, among others. In the past, their research has focused on the EU role in conflict prevention and management and development policies, with a particular geographical focus on Africa and the Western Balkans. This expertise makes RUC well placed to lead WP5 on EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa.

Participating Team members

Erik Plänitz

Erik Plänitz holds a Master Degree from the University of Gothenburg with a major in Global Studies.

Gorm Rye Olsen

Gorm Rye Olsen is full professor in Global Politics at the Institute of Society and Globalization, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Peter Horne Zartsdahl

Peter Horne Zartsdahl is a PhD Candidate at Roskilde University, where his research focuses on the comparative study of civil-military synergies in EU’s missions on the Balkans and Horn of Africa.

Work Packages


European and international responses to conflict early response


EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans and Horn of Africa


Local capacity-building strategies


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices


Dissemination and communication