Øystein H. Rolandsen

Research Professor

Øystein H. Rolandsen
Email: oystein@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 65
Twitter: @oysteinhr

Research Interests

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  • Organised violence, African rebels and government counter-insurgency strategies
  • African militaries and security force assistance (SFA)
  • Humanitarian policy and practices
  • History and current affairs of the two Sudans
  • Critical approaches to peace negotiations and post-war interventions
A historian and area specialist with experience from research, strategy development, information analysis, planning and administration of projects. Substantial professional experience from the non-government sector within the fields of policy advice, humanitarian aid and long-term development co-operation.​

Editorial Board member of the Centre for Peace and Development (CPDS) Journal, University of Juba, South Sudan.

Editor in chief for the blog Monitoring South Sudan​ @PRIOSouthSudan.


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Language Skills
Proficient: Norwegian, English
Basic skills: German, Italian

Work Experience
2020 - Research Professor
2017 - Co-director PRIO Centre for Culture and Violent Conflict

2010-2020: Senior Researcher, PRIO 
005-2010: Researcher, Centre for the Study of Civil War​, PRIO 
2003-2005: Advisor, Norwegian People’s Aid
2002: Senior Executive Officer, Norwegian Centre for Human rights

Academic Visitorships 
2014: African Studies Centre, Oxford University
2012-2013: Global Security Institute/Dep. of History, Durham University
2007: Progra
mme of African Studies, Northwestern University

2010: Ph.D. History, University of Oslo
2003: Cand. philol. History, University of Oslo
2000: MA African History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
1999: Cand. mag. History and Political Science, University of Oslo 


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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

Rolandsen, Øystein H. & Ingrid Marie Breidlid (2012) A Critical Analysis of Cultural Explanations for the Violence in Jonglei State, South Sudan, Conflict Trends(1): 49–56.


Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2005) Guerrilla Government: Political Changes in the Southern Sudan during the 1990s. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

Book Chapter

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2012) From Colonial Backwater to an Independent State: Reflections on the History of South Sudan, in One Church from Every Tribe, Tongue and People. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa (16–27).
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2007) Sudan: The Janjawiid and Government Militias, in African Guerrillas: Raging Against the Machine. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers (151–171).

Conference Paper

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Making Civil War in the Southern Sudan, 1961-3Chicago, IL, 13–16 November.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Guns for Hire Aid Consultancies and Academic IntegrityOslo, 6 November.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Becoming a Rebel in the Southern Sudan, 1961-63Oslo, 29 September.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Democratisation in the Sudan and SPLM’s Second National ConventionForeign and Commonwealth Office, 3 July.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2008) Democratication in the Sudan and Prospects for National Elections in 2009Oslo, 13 June.

PRIO Paper

Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2009) Land, Security and Peace Building in the Southern Sudan, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Rolandsen, Øystein H. (2007) From Guerrilla Movement to Political Party: The Restructuring of Sudan's People Liberation Movement, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.