Senior Researcher; Editor, Journal of Peace Research
'Youth Exclusion and Political Violence', project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2008-2012).
'Security Implications of Climate Change', project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2009-2012). Director of sub-project on Urban Violence.
General research interests:
* Demography and political violence
* Climate change, environmental change and armed conflict
* The politics of census-taking
* Demographic consequences of armed conflict
Listen to presentations:
'Youth Bulges and Instability', Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, 26 November 2007 (web TV).
'Too Poor For Peace? Links Between Poverty, Conflict, Demography, and Environment', The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 5 October 2007(web TV).
'Demography and Conflict: How Population Pressure and Youth Bulges Affect the Risk of Civil War', The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 5 March 2007(web TV).
'New Research on Demography and Conflict', The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 20 December 2007(PODCAST).
Superstreng med Eirik Newth (radio interview, in Norwegian).
2011-12 Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
2007- Senior Researcher, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.
2010- Editor, Journal of Peace Research (JPR). Associate Editor (2006-2010), Editorial Committee Member (2004-2006), Book Review Editor 2004-05.
2002-2006 PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.
2005-06 Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Investigations Assistant on the 'Population Project', The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Office of the Prosecutor. The Hague, Netherlands.
Secretary General, Socialist Youth League (Sosialistisk Ungdom) of Norway.
Research Assistant, Statistics Norway, Division for Social and Demographic Research.
PhD in Political Science, University of Oslo, 2007.
Cand. Polit., Political Science, University of Oslo 2002. Courses in African politics, Statistics, Demography, Institutional theory and Nation, state and nationalism.
Cand. mag., University of Oslo 1995. Courses in Middle East/North African Studies, Demography, Political Science, Economics
*leader of project
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Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Buhaug, Halvard; Henrik Urdal & Gudrun Østby (2013) Sustainable Cities: Urbanization and Human Security
, in Sygna, Linda; Karen O'Brien; & Johanna Wolf, eds, A Changing Environment For Human Security - Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action
. London: Routledge (56–66).
Urdal, Henrik(2011) Youth Bulges and Violence
Political Demography: Interests, Conflict, and Institutions. : Paradigm(117–132).
Tabeau, Ewa;Urdal, Henrik; & Brunborg, Helge(2006) Introduction
The Demography of Armed Conflict. : (1–16).
Non-refereed Journal Article