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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The following publications are specific to the PRIO Middle East Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

MidEast Policy Brief

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen (2021) Irresolvable Dilemmas? The Prospects for Repatriation for Syrian Refugees, MidEast Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.


Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh (2016) A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapter

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2015) Heart or Periphery? Afghanistan's Complex Neighbourhood Relations, in Gates, Scott; & Kaushik Roy, eds, War and State-Building in Afghanistan: Historical and Modern Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury (245–279).

Popular Article

Tank, Pinar; Júlia Palik; Jørgen Jensehaugen & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2022) Transactional Engagements: Middle Eastern Responses to the Ukrainian War, PRIO blogs, 24 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2020) Fortsatt spent mellom Iran og USA [Still Tense Between Iran and USA], Forsvarets forum, 24 February.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2019) Vitenskapsdiplomatiets bidrag i Midtøsten [Science Diplomacy in the Middle East], Bistandsaktuelt, 12 November.

PRIO Policy Brief

Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (2020) Conflict Trends in the Middle East, 1989–2019, Conflict Trends, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Benjamin Onne Yogev (2016) Syria’s Internally Displaced and the Risk of Militarization, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Palik, Júlia; Siri Aas Rustad; Kristian Berg Harpviken & Fredrik Methi (2020) Conflict Trends in the Middle East, 1989–2019, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Sultan Barakat (2018) Comparing Qatari and Norwegian Models of Small State Conflict Mediation, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

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