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Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Bergen

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bergen (Department of Administration and Organization Theory). I am also associated with the CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute) in Bergen and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. Previously I was as humanitarian aid worker with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Swaziland and Uganda.

In my research I am specifically interested in how war and conflict affects social, political and gender relations. I have conducted field research, RCTs and data collection in Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Liberia, Mali, Niger, DR Congo, South Sudan, Burundi and Nigeria. I am also involved in impact evaluations for development and humanitarian organizations in the field of women's empowerment, political accountability, water and sanitation and climate adaptation. My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including World Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, the Journal of Peace Research and others.

I also work with and advise humanitarian and development agencies including the Welthungerhilfe, the KfW Development Bank, UNICEF, the World Bank, Oxfam and others. My research has been funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the KfW Development Bank and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Bergen