Research Professor; Editor, Journal of Peace Research
'Armed Conflict and Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa', FRIPRO Young Researcher Talent Project, Headed by Gudrun Østby.
'Conflict Trends'. Collaborative project with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Project Director.
'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
2013- Research Professor, PRIO
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).
Non-refereed Journal Article