Kristian Berg Harpviken



Kristian Berg Harpviken is a senior researcher and a deputy director at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). He is a sociologist from the University of Oslo. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the micro-foundations of forced migration, applying a network perspective on the study of decision-making, impacts on the home community, and repatriation.

Harpviken has also worked on civil society, transnationalism, political mobilization as well as a variety of issues related to post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding. Harpviken has published 16 academic articles and a number of reports and press commentaries, in addition to being widely used as a media commentator and as a lecturer.

He is the leader of the working group on Transnational and International Facets of Civil War within PRIO's Centre for the Study of Civil War.


2009 - Director PRIO
2006 PHD in Sociology University of Oslo
2005 - 2009 Deputy Director PRIO
2004 - 2005 Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (CPRB) PRIO
1999 - Senior Researcher PRIO
1999 - 2006 Project Leader, Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities (AMAC) PRIO
1997 - 2003 Research Fellow University of Oslo
1995 - 1997 Research Fellow Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
1993 - 1995
Candidatus rerum politicarum in Sociology University of Oslo
1991 - 1993
Development Studies University of Uppsala
1990 - 1992 Director and Agricultural Coordinator NAC, Peshawar, Pakistan
1989 Conscientious Objector Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Oslo
1987 - 1989
Candidatus magisterii University of Oslo
1984 - 1986
Management Norwegian School of Management, Gjøvik
1983 - 1988 Farmer Harpviken Farm, Brumunddal
1982 - 1983
Agriculturist Staup School of Gardening, Levanger
1982 Military Service
1981 - 1993
Farm work Nedre Berg Farm, Brøttum



  • Transnational mobilization and civil war
  • War-related migration and social networks
  • Regional (in-)security
  • Peacebuilding and peacemaking
  • Methodology in contexts of crisis and conflict
  • Geographical focus on Afghanistan and its neighborhood.


Selected publications

Books and reports



Kristian Berg Harpviken