Ole Magnus Theisen

Assistant Professor in Political Science at NTNU

Ole Magnus Theisen
Ole Magnus Theisen left PRIO in 2018. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Ole Magnus Theisen is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

Resource scarcities and violent conflict, conflict escalation processes; surveys in conflict areas.


​Languages spoken:

Norwegian (bokmål), English


Master in Political Science NTNU 2006

PhD in Political Science NTNU 2012


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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 www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Theisen, Ole Magnus (2012) Climate Clashes? Weather Variability, Land Pressure, and Organized Violence in Kenya, 1989–2004, Journal of Peace Research 49(1): 81–96.
Holtermann, Helge; Halvard Buhaug & Ole Magnus Theisen (2012) Climate Wars? Assessing the Claim that Drought Breeds Conflict, International Security 36(3): 79–106.
Theisen, Ole Magnus; Henrik Urdal; Nils Petter Gleditsch & Halvard Buhaug (2010) Klimakriger? En vurdering av det faglige grunnlaget [Climate Wars? An Assessment of the Scientific Foundation], Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift 26(4): 297–320.
Theisen, Ole Magnus (2008) Blood and Soil? Resource Scarcity and Internal Armed Conflict Revisited, Journal of Peace Research 45(6): 801–818.

Book Chapter

Buhaug, Halvard & Ole Magnus Theisen (2012) On Environmental Change and armed Conflict, in Climate change, Human Security and Violent Conflict. Challenges for Societal Stability. J. Scheffran, M. Brozka, H.G. Brauch, P.M Link, and J. Schilling (43–56).
Theisen, Ole Magnus; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch & Halvard Buhaug (2012) Climate Change and Armed Conflict, in Elgar Handbook of Civil War and Fragile States. Edward Elgar Publishing (125–138).
Theisen, Ole Magnus; Halvard Buhaug & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2010) Implications of Climate Change for Armed Conflict, in The Social Dimensions of Climate Change: Equity and Vulnerability in a Warming World. Washington: World Bank (75–101).
Theisen, Ole Magnus & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2010) Resources, the Environment and Conflict, in The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies. New York, NY: Routledge (221–232).
Brandsegg, Kristian B. & Ole Magnus Theisen (2007) The Environment and Non-State Conflicts, in Statsvitenskaplig Fagkonferanse. Trondheim: .
Brandsegg, Kristian B. & Ole Magnus Theisen (2007) The Environment and Non-State Conflicts, in the 48th Annual Metting of the International Studies Association. Chicago, IL: .

Master Thesis

Theisen, Ole Magnus (2006) Renewable Resource Scarcity and Internal Armed Conflict: A Quantitative Reassessment. MA thesis, NTNU.

Conference Paper

Buhaug, Halvard; Helge Holtermann & Ole Magnus Theisen (2010) Drought, Political Exclusion, and Civil WarNew Orleans, LA, 17–20 February.
Theisen, Ole Magnus (2010) Scarcity and Organized Violence in Kenya, 1989-2004. A 'Fitting' or 'Mis-fitting' Case of Environmental Security Theory?New Orleans, LO, 17 February.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter & Ole Magnus Theisen (2008) Climate Change, the Environment, and Armed ConflictSan Francisco, CA, 26–29 March.

Report - Other

Buhaug, Halvard; Nils Petter Gleditsch; & Ole Magnus Theisen (2008) Implications of Climate Change for Armed Conflict, Social Dimensions of Climate Change Workshop. Washington, DC.