Henrik Urdal


Henrik Urdal
Email: urdal@prio.org
Mobile phone: +47 92 04 78 41
Twitter: @h_urdal

Research Interests

'Armed Conflict and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa', FRIPRO Young Researcher Talent Project, Headed by Gudrun Østby.

'Conflict Trends'. Collaborative project with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Project Director.

'Youth Exclusion and Political Violence', project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2008-2012).

​'Security Implications of Climate Change', project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2009-2012). Director of sub-project on Urban Violence.

General research interests:
* Demography and political violence
* Climate change, environmental change and armed conflict
* The politics of census-taking
* Demographic consequences of armed conflict


​​​​​​​​​Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English​

Working experience:

2017 - : Director at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

2017: Research Director, Conditions of Violence and Peace

2013- Research Professor, PRIO

2011-12  Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

2007- Senior Researcher, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.

2010 - 2017:  Editor, Journal of Peace Research (JPR). Associate Editor (2006-2010), Editorial Committee Member (2004-2006), Book Review Editor 2004-05.

2002-2006 PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.

2005-06 Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Investigations Assistant on the 'Population Project', The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Office of the Prosecutor. The Hague, Netherlands.

Secretary General, Socialist Youth League (Sosialistisk Ungdom) of Norway.

1995 (summer)
Research Assistant, Statistics Norway, Division for Social and Demographic Research.



PhD in Political Science, University of Oslo, 2007.

Cand. Polit., Political Science, University of Oslo 2002. Courses in African politics, Statistics, Demography, Institutional theory and Nation, state and nationalism.

Cand. mag., University of Oslo 1995. Courses in Middle East/North African Studies, Demography, Political Science, Economics


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The following publications are specific to the PRIO GPS Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene; Gudrun Østby & Henrik Urdal (2017) Maternal Health Care in the Time of Ebola: A Mixed-Method Exploration of the Impact of the Epidemic on Delivery Services in Monrovia, World Development. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.04.027.
Urdal, Henrik; Patience Bulage; Primus Che Chi & Johanne Sundby (2015) Barriers in the Delivery of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in Post-Conflict Africa: Qualitative Case Studies of Burundi and Northern Uganda, PLOS ONE 10(9).
Sundby, Johanne; Patience Bulage; Primus Che Chi & Henrik Urdal (2015) A qualitative study exploring the determinants of maternal health service uptake in post-conflict Burundi and Northern Uganda, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15(18).
Devane, Declan; Odidika U.J. Umeora; Primus Che Chi; Johanne Sundby; Paul Spiegel & Henrik Urdal (2015) Improving maternal, newborn and women's reproductive health in crisis settings, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015(8): 1–26.
Urdal, Henrik; Johanne Sundby; Patience Bulage & Primus Che Chi (2015) Perceptions of the effects of armed conflict on maternal and reproductive health services and outcomes in Burundi and Northern Uganda: a qualitative study, BMC International Health and Human Rights 15(7): 1–15.
Chi, Primus Che & Henrik Urdal (2013) War and Gender Inequalities in Health: The Impact of Armed Conflict on Fertility and Maternal Mortality, International Interactions 39(4): 489–510.

Book Chapter

Urdal, Henrik & Primus Che Chi (2015) War and Gender Inequalities in Health, in Gizelis , Theodora-Ismene; & Louise Olsson, eds, Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Abingdon: Routledge (116–137).

Conference Paper

Belbo, Ragnhild; Gudrun Østby; Henrik Urdal; Andreas Forø Tollefsen; Andreas Kotsadam & Christin Marsh Ormhaug (2015) Armed conflict and maternal health care Micro-level evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa., presented at the Annual Convention of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, 3–6 September.
Urdal, Henrik (2010) Civil War and Gender Inequalities in Health: The Influence of War on Fertility, presented at International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LO, 17 February.

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