Martin Austvoll Nome


Martin Austvoll Nome
Martin Austvoll Nome left PRIO in 2011. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

I currently work to evolve and evaluate hypotheses on how inter-ethnic relations affect the foreign policy of states. More specifically, I deal with the instances in which states intervene in other countries' civil conflicts in order to influence their outcome. Interventions in civil conflicts are often explained with reference to material factors. I aim to better understand how affective factors cause states to intervene. Does affinity between ethnic groups in civil war countries and potential interveners make intervention more likely? How do relations of power and predominance between ethnic groups in potential interveners affect foreign policy? May characteristics of ethnic groups, particularly with regard to power, explain the partiality of interventions? I have taken some preliminary analytical and empirical steps in my MA thesis, but the material is still work in progress.

I also assist with research under the project on Political Institutions, Development, and a Domestic Civil Peace, led by Håvard Hegre.


Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English

Working experience:

Research Assistant, CSCW, PRIO, 2005-2006

MA Student Scholarship, CSCW, PRIO, Autumn 2005

Teaching Assistant, social science research methods and statistical analysis, University of Oslo, 2004


MA Political Science, University of Oslo, 2003-2005

BSc International Relations and History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 1999-2002


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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

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Master Thesis

Nome, Martin Austvoll (2005) Transnational Ethnic Dimensions of Third-Party Interventions in Civil Conflicts. MA thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Conference Paper

Nome, Martin Austvoll (2006) Structure and Power in Transnational Ethnic Affinities: An Application to Foreign Interventions in Civil Conflicts, presented at the Oslo GROW-net Workshop, Oslo, 10–11 February.
Nome, Martin Austvoll (2006) Ethnic Correlates of Foreign Interventions in Civil Conflicts, presented at Norwegian Political Science Conference, Bergen, 6 January.
Nome, Martin Austvoll (2006) Adventures in the Second Image: The Intervention-proneness of Ethnically Dominant States, presented at the workshop on Polarization and Conflict (PAC), Nicosia, Cyprus, 26–29 April.
Nome, Martin Austvoll (2006) Theorising the International Escalation of 'Ethnic Conflict'. The Social Ontology of Ethnicity, Executive Choice, and the Bridge Between, presented at the Workshop on the Role of First Actors in Civil War, CSCW, PRIO, Oslo, 17–18 August.
Nome, Martin Austvoll (2006) Transnational Ethnic Dimensions of Third-Party Interventions in Civil Wars, presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, 31 Aug–3 September.