PhD Candidates





Ada Elisabeth Nissen

University of Oslo, Department for Archaeology, Conservation and History  

A Potent Small State? Norwegian Peace Diplomacy 1989–2009

Aleksander Zdravkovski


NTNU, Department of Sociology and Political Science


Andreas Forø Tollefsen

PRIO and University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography (Human Geography)

Mitigating Resource-Related Conflicts: The Influence of Wealth Sharing Arrangements on Political Stability

Andrew E. Tchie University of Essex Differentiating Conflicts: Perpetrators, Victims, and Human Rights Violations

 Anette Bringedal Houge

University of Oslo, Department of Criminology and Sociology

Perpetrators of Sexualized War Violence

 Anja B. Sletteland

University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography (Human Geography)

Balancing Security Considerations: The Role of Israel in American Security Policy

Anna Andersson

Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Law Enforcement in Armed Conflict

Anna-Lena Hönig University of Mannheim Cooperating to Resist: The Effect of Cooperation Networks on Violent and Nonviolent Resistance

Anne Härtel

University of Basel, Sociology

The Organisation of Violence in the Actions of the Lord's Resistance Army

Anne-Kathrin Kreft University of Gothenburg Transformative Effects of Civil War? Gender-Specific Violence and Women’s Political Participation 

Annika Pohl Harrisson

Aarhus University & Danish Institute for International Research (DIIS), Anthropology 

Everyday Justice and Security in Mon State

Annkatrin Tritschoks Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Justice Adherence in International Negotiations
Anthony Craig Cardiff University Cyber Capabilities and Arms Races in International Politics
Ayokunu Adedokun United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance

Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Development in Africa: The Role of the International Community and Domestic Actors

Barbara K. Trojanowska 

Monash University, Centre for Gender, Peace and Security

Women, Peace and Security Norms in Asia-Pacific: Prospects for Gender Equality

Ben Gans

Tilburg University, Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM), and the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA).

Stabilisation Operations as Complex System

Benjamin Schaller

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Centre for Peace Studies (CPS); German Federal Foreign Office - Department for Conventional Arms Control and Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in the OSCE area

Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBMs) as a Tool of Structural Conflict Prevention - Military Co-Operation and Inter-Personal Contacts as Facilitators of a Changing Arctic Security Environment?

Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning 

Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (Norwegian Defence University College) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Japan’s Security Policy Response to the Contemporary Power Shift in East Asia
Carola Lingaas Institute of public law, University of Oslo

The Crime against Humanity of Apartheid – under Special Consideration of the Conflict in South Sudan (2002–2005)

Catherine Lourdes Dy LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Political Theory and Political Science

Re-Writing Norm Domestication Theory: The Emergence of Local Agency in Emergency Adaptation of Second Genration Human Rights

Cathrine Talleraas  PRIO Transnational Lives in the Welfare State (TRANSWEL)
Dogukan Cansin Karakus Georg-August University, Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences Mediated Peace Agreements in Modern Post-Civil War Societies: Long-Term Success through Subjective Satisfaction?
E. Njoki Wamai

Politics and International Studies Department, University of Cambridge

Local Interpretations of the ICC in Kenya

Elida Kristine Undrum Jacobsen


PRIO and University of Gothenburg, Peace and Development Studies, School of Global Studies

Biopolitics in India: Identity Management and the Unique Identification System (UID)

Eline D. Løvlien Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)  
Elisabeth Rosvold PRIO and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)  Climatic Disasters and the Dynamics of Conflict
Elise Must

London School of Economics and Political Science 

Perceived Horizontal Inequalities as a Cause of Conflict
Ellie Mevel

Normandie University (France), Department of Sociology

The Role of Diasporas in Statehood-Seeking Conflicts: The Palestinian and Kurdish Cases

Erlend Paasche


PRIO and University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography (Sociology)

From the Return Decision Process to Actual Return and (Re)integration: A Study of Iraqi Kurdish Migrants, Returnees and Non-Migrants

 Ervjola Selenica

University of Trento (Italy), Doctoral School in International Studies

New States Challenged: Post-Conflict Education, Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Kosovo and Timor-Leste

 Francesca Sterzi Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

Pirates and Contractors in the Indian Ocean: Addressing the privatization of the Use of Force in the Fight against Piracy at Sea among Business Imperatives, Maritime Global Governance and Human Rights

Frangis Dadfar Spanta

Free University Berlin, Department of Political Science 

Contested Governance in Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: Cultural and Political Perceptions of Order by the Elite Representatives in Comparison 

Gerrit Kurtz King’s College London The Role of Frontline Diplomats in the Prevention of Civil Wars

Hanne Seter

NTNU, Department of Sociology and Political Science


Helene Højfeldt 

Aarhus University The Criminal Liability of Foreign Fighters

Ida Dommersnes


PRIO and King’s College, London, Department of War Studies

Argumentum Ad Captandum versus Unified Effort? An Examination of Strategic Narratives in ISAF

Ida Rudolfsen PRIO and Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Food Insecurity, State Response and Violent Conflict
Isabel Bramsen

Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, Copenhagen University, Københavns Universitet

Dynamics of Conflict Escalation and Violence

Jan Stöckmann

University of Oxford, Faculty of History

Intellectual Cooperation and International Relations between the World Wars 

Janosch Neil Kullenberg


Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

Open Coordination and Inherent Competition: Interaction between Protection Actors in the Case of DRC

Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen PRIO and Lund University Equal Peace? Women’s Empowerment and Multicultural Challenges in War-to-Peace Transitions: Rwandan Experiences

Jørgen Jensehaugen

 NTNU, Department of History and Classical Studies

The Camp David Accords 1978–1979 – Egyptian-Israeli Peace, Palestinian Exclusion

Jürgen Brandsch University of St. Andrews Violence against Civilians in Armed Conflicts – An Investigation of Indiscriminate Violence

Karin Johansson 

Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Wartime sexual violence  

Kjersti Lohne


University of Oslo, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, and PRIO

Drafting Justice: Exploring the Role of International Non-Governmental Human Rights Organizations in Shaping International Criminal Law

Kristian Hoelscher


University of Oslo, Department of Political Science, and PRIO

Urban Transitions, Conflict and Development 

Lars Hedegaard Williams Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society Trauma, Spirit Possession and the Devil: An Ethnographic Study of the Plurality and Pragmatics of Healing in Northern Uganda 
Line Kikkenborg Christensen

Department of political Science, Aalborg University


Navigating within Frozen Conflicts
Luca Raineri

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa Italy

Geopolitical Perspectives over the Sahara: Taking into Account Environment and Geography in Security Strategies

Magnus Lundgren


University of Stockholm, Political Science.

Impartiality of UN Political Missions: Consequences for Mediation Strategies and Effectiveness

Mareile Kaufmann


PRIO and Freiburg University, Sociology

Civil Security Measures of Prevention and Resilience: Identifying Externalities to Ensure Informed Decision-Making and Sustainable Security Investment

Mari Salberg

University of Oslo

US Foreign Policy Towards Iran 1969–1980: Failed Policies and Foiled Perceptions

Martin Smidt Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Farming in the Rain – Linking Drought, Migration, and Agriculture to Conflict Occurrence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Quantitative Study.
Mette Strømsø PRIO Negotiating the Nation: Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity on National Identity (NATION)
Mie Roesdahl University of Copenhagen (Centre for Resolution of International Conflict, CRIC, and Centre for Human Rights) Exploring Everyday Practices within Systems of Global Governance – Does Process Matter?
Miriam Cullen

University of Copenhagen, Centre for International Law, Centre for International Law and Justice

Competing Imperatives: The UN Security Council and International Justice
Monika Onken Free University Berlin and Berghof Foundation  
Mulatu Alemayehu Moges

Department of Media and Communication; University of Oslo

Internal Conflict Reporting in Ethiopian Newspapers: Peace Journalism or War Journalism
Natalia Moen-Larsen University of Oslo Russian Discourses on Refugees 
Nicholas Barker University of Oxford How Wartime Dynamics Are Perpetuated, Transformed and Terminated during a Transition from a Civil War to Peace

Noor Jdid

PRIO/Center for Women’s & Gender Research (SKOK)

Active Citizenship in Religiously and Culturally Diverse Societies (ACT)

Ortrun Merkle

United Nations University, Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht The Netherlands

The Impact of Corruption on State-Building in Post-Conflict Societies
Phillip Nelson University of Essex The Enterprise of Peace

Primus Che Chi

 PRIO and University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine (International Health)

Impact of Armed Conflicts on Maternal and Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Pui Hang Wong UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance The Dynamic Effect of Political Regime on Civil Wars

Ricardo Sousa


International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR)

External Interventions and the Promotion of Peace in Africa


Rojan Ezzati

University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Social Geography  

Collective Identities in Post-Terror Norway 

Roman-Gabriel Olar Department of Government, University of Essex

Determinants of Repression and Accommodation in Authoritarian Regimes: Institutions and Opposition Characteristics

Sayra van den Berg University of Edinburgh Perpetrator Participation in Truth Commissions: Uncovering Perpetrator Experiences in Post-Conflict Truth Commissions

Sigrun Marie Moss

NTNU, Department of Psychology

Political Leadership and Social Identities: Policies of Unity and Diversity in Conflict Situations. Experiences from Rwanda, Zanzibar and Sudan

Sladjana Lazic


NTNU, Department of Sociology and Political Science

Dealing with the past and Identity in Serbia's Sandžak

Solveig Hillesund University of Oslo,  Department of Political Science Horizontal Inequality, Mobilization and Violent versus Non-Violent Conflict

Somdeep Sen

University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science

Broadening the Civil-Military Complex: The Case of Armed Non-State Actors

Stefan Döring Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research How Scarce Water Resources Can Be Drivers for Violent Communal Conflict

Susanne Schaftenaar

Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research

 Battles Without Bullets

Susanne Therese Hansen

NTNU, Department of Sociology and Political Science

The International Arms Trade: Arms Flows, Implications and Obstacles towards Regulation

Tatjana Stankovic


University of Oslo, Department of Political Science

Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) of Combatants: On the Security-Promoting Conditions in the Aftermath of Conflict

Theresa Ammann Anthropology, Interacting Minds Centre—Aarhus University

Study of the Impact That the Neglect of Women in the Liberian Peacebuilding Process Has on the Sustainability of Peace

Tina Talleraas TIK, Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Culture, University of Oslo

Unlocking the Black Box of Nuclear Disamament: A Case Study of the Norwegian Initiative to Re-Politicize the Bomb

 Tore Wig

University of Oslo, Department of Political Science

Investigating the Relationship between Elections and Political Instability

Tove Heggli Sagmo


PRIO and University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography (Human Geography)

Return and Reintegration in a Post-Conflict Society: A Case Study of Burundi

Øystein Hernæs

 European University Institute, Department of Economics