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 Centre for the Study of Civil War. A more complete list may be available at

All Publications

PhD Thesis

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2006) Networks in Transition: Wartime Migration in Afghanistan. PhD thesis, Institute for Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) The Transnationalization of the Taliban, International Area Studies Review 15(3): 203–229.
Baev, Pavel K. (2010) Re-examining the 'Colour Revolutions': The Turn of the Tide from Belgrade to Ulan Bator, Comparative Social Research 27: 249–276.


Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Sarah Lischer (2013) Refugee Militancy in Exile and Upon Return in Afghanistan and Rwanda, in Jeffrey T. Checkel, ed., Transnational Dynamics of Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (89–119).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2003) Afghanistan: From Buffer State to Battleground – to Bridge Between Regions?, in New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate (152–176).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (1998) The Hazara of Aghanistan: The Thorny Path Towards Political Unity, 1978-1992, in Post-Soviet Central Asia. London: I. B. Tauris (177–198).

Popular Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Mark Naftalin (2012) Conflating Spaces: Syrian Rebels and Refugees in South Turkey, ISN Security Watch, 18 September.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Obama og Afghanistans trøblete nabolag [Obama and Afghanistan's Troublesome Neighborhood], Forsvarets Forum, 15 January.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) Peace Building and its Components – the State of the Art, Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: Local, Regional and Global Perspectives, 31 December.

PRIO Report

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (ed.) (2004) Preparing the Ground for Peace: Mine Action in Support of Peacebuilding, PRIO Report, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) The Transnationalization of the TalibanCentre for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, 28 February.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Sarah Lischer (2009) Refugee Return and Violence: An Analytical FrameworkNew York, NY, 17 February.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Afghanistan: Domestic and Regional DimensionsBergen, 31 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Repatriation and ViolenceMigration Policy Institute, Washington DC, 26 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) The Near Diaspora: What is Special About Refugee Mobilization?Center for Global Studies, George Mason University, Washington, DC, 28 March.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) The Impact and Implications of the India-Pakistan Rivalry for AfghanistanAspen Institute, Rome, Italy, 24 September.
Lischer, Sarah & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2008) Refugee Return and Violence: What are the Mechanisms?Syracuse University, Washington, DC, 18 October.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) Going Home to Fight? Explaining Refugee Return and ViolenceTrondheim, Norway, 27 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) Going Home to Fight? Explaining Refugee Return and ViolenceSandvika, Norway, 5 November.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) Return of ‘Refugee Warriors’ in Herat, AfghanistanPRIO, Oslo, 9 December.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) Regional Perspectives on Afghanistan’s WarsPRIO and NUPI, Oslo, Norway, 12 December.

Report - Other

Isaksen, Jan; & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2004) Reclaiming the Fields of War: Mainstreaming Mine Action in DevelopmentOslo/New York: PRIO/UNDP.

Report - External Series

Suhrke, Astri; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Arne Strand (2004) Afghan Refugees in Iran: From Refugee Emergency to Migration Management, CMI Policy Brief. Bergen/Oslo: CMI/PRIO.

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