Kristian Berg Harpviken

Research Professor

Kristian Berg Harpviken
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 78
Mobile phone: +47 920 61 861
Twitter: @harpviken

Research Interests

Transnational mobilization and civil war
War-related migration and social networks
 Regional (in-)security
 Peacebuilding and peacemaking
 Methodology in contexts of crisis and conflict
​ Geographical focus on Afghanistan and its neighborhood



Norwegian, English; basic French and German

Work Experience

Research Professor, PRIO
2009–17Director, PRIO
​Guest Researcher, Institute for International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University
​2007–​Associate Fellow, Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York
2005–09Deputy Director, PRIO
2004–05Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (CRPB) programme, PRIO
1999–Senior Researcher, PRIO
1999–06Project Leader, 'Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities (AMAC)'
​1998​Guest researcher (Fulbright Scholar), Department of Sociolocy, University of Chicago
1997–03Research Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human geography, University of Oslo. 
Project: 'Flight and Social Decision-Making: Forced Migration in Afghanistan'
1995–97Research Fellow, PRIO.
Project: 'Common Security in Southern Africa' (17 months)
1990–92Director and Agricultural Coordinator, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Peshawar, Pakistan
1989Conscientious Objector, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Oslo
1983–88Farmer, Harpviken Farm, Brumunddal
1982Military Service
1981–93Farm work, Nedre Berg Farm, Brøttum


2017–​Member of the Board of Directors, Global Resource Network on Conflict (GRNC), Washington DC
2017​–​External Board member, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo
​2016–Member of the Advisory Committee of the joint United Nations and World Bank Policy Study on the role of Development in the Prevention of Violent Conflict.
​2016–Board member, Research Council of Norway’s Board committee for international issues [Styreutvalg for internasjonale saker]
​2015–​Board member, Division for Society and Health, Research Council of Norway​
​2015–16​Member of Norwegian Commission of Inquiry on Norway’s civilian and military involvement in Afghanistan during the period 2001–2014
​2014–​Governing Board member, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development​ (MGIEP), New Delhi
​2014–​​International Board member, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
2013–Advisory Board member, Norwegian Polytechnic Society
2012–  Board of Trustees member, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights
2012–Advisory Board member, Business for Peace Foundation
​2012–16​Editorial Board member, Politics and Governance (Open Access journal)
2011–Scientific Advisory Council member, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
2010–14 Programme Council member for the MA programme in Peace and Conflict Studies (PECOS), University of Oslo
​2007–​Editorial Board member, Comparative Social Research​ (yearbook published by Emerald)
2006–09 Member of the National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (Norway)


Senior Executive Course (Sjefskurset), Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo
PhD in Sociology, University of Oslo [Dissertation]
1993–95  Cand. Polit (M.Phil.) in Sociology, University of Oslo [Dissertation]
1991​–93Development Studies, University of Uppsala
1987–89Cand. Mag, University of Oslo
1984–86Management studies, Norwegian School of Management, Gjøvik
1982–83Agriculturalist, Staup School of Gardening, Levanger


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Skjelsbæk, Inger & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2010) Tilslørt fredspolitikk [Blurred Peace Policy], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 27(4): 379–388.

Popular Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Inger Skjelsbæk (2012) Kvinner skaper endring [Women create change], Flyktningregnskapet 2012.
Skjelsbæk, Inger & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2011) Gledelig Fredspris [A Peace Prize to Celebrate], Dagbladet, 7 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Inger Skjelsbæk (2010) Skjerp fredspolitikken! [Sharpen the Peace Policy!], Aftenposten, 29 November.

PRIO Paper

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Lida Nadery Hedayat (2014) Where Do Afghan Women Stand on Education and Economic Empowerment?, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

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