Kristian Hoelscher

Senior Researcher

Kristian Hoelscher
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 79
Mobile phone: +47 40 29 79 31

Research Interests

Kristian is a senior researcher at PRIO. His research interests lie at the intersection of urbanisation, governance, and conflict, with crosscutting themes including migration, demography, and environmental change. ​Past and current research has focused on: the political dimensions of urban crime and social violence in Brazil and Latin America; urban governance in India; urban security and migration in Europe and Norway; environmental change, migration and violence in South Asia; and youth and political violence. 

Kristian holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo and an MSc. in Population and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a BA in Business, and a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Languages spoken:

English, Norwegian. Basic Portuguese and Spanish.


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Urdal, Henrik & Kristian Hoelscher (2012) Explaining Urban Social Disorder and Violence: An Empirical Study of Event Data from Asian and Sub-Saharan African Cities, International Interactions 38(4): 512–528.

Conference Paper

Hoelscher, Kristian; Halvard Buhaug & Henrik Urdal (2012) Does Urbanization Lead to More Peace? Rural-Urban Age Structure Differentials and Civil War, presented at The Annual convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 1–4 April.
Urdal, Henrik & Kristian Hoelscher (2008) Urban Youth Bulges and Social Disorder: An Empirical Study of Asian and Sub-Saharan African CitiesOslo, 4–5 December.

Report - External Series

Hoelscher, Kristian; & Henrik Urdal (2009) Urban Youth Bulges and Social Disorder: An Empirical Study of Asian and Sub-Saharan African Cities, Policy Research Working Paper, 110. Washington, DC.