Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya

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UNESCO Chair for Peace, Banaras Hindu University

Distinguished Professor, MIT World Peace University (Pune) 

Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)


Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya has served Banaras Hindu University ​for over four decades in teaching and leadership positions. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace and serves on the UNESCO/ UniTwin Executive Committee. He has the prestigious Global Fellowship of Oslo's Peace Research Institute (PRIO). He is also on the Governing Board of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), Institute of Asian Studies (MAKIAS) and Presidency University in Kolkata. In 2019, the Jawaharlal Nehru University designated him for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Peace and Disarmament. More recently, he has been honoured as the Distinguished Professor of Peace Studies at MIT World Peace University in Pune.


Professor Upadhyaya has done post-doctoral studies at London University and holds a PhD and

  1. Phil. of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Recipient of many prestigious awards/fellowships, including the Guest Scholar Award of the Woodrow Wilson Centre of International Scholars, Wash DC, Faculty Research Award of the Canadian Government, Senior Fulbright Award and Australia-India Council Senior Fellowship and advanced international diploma from Uppsala University; Professor Upadhyaya has served as Visiting Professor at the UN University of Peace and US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Concordia University (Montreal). Invited by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Professor Upadhyaya delivered concluding roundtable remarks at UNGA High-Level Forum on Culture of Peace on 13 September 2019. 


Professor Upadhyaya has publications in journals and books from Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, Ashgate and Routledge. His volume on ‘Peace and Conflict: South Asian Experience’ (Cambridge: 2015) and ‘“Long Walk of Peace, towards a Culture of Prevention (UNESCO: 2018) have received international acclaim. His forthcoming volume “Interreligious Dialogue: Good Practices, Challenges and Future Directions” will be published by UNESCO (Paris) in 2022.