Åshild Falch


Åshild Falch
Åshild Falch left PRIO in 2010. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

UN SCR 1325 and women's political participation
The Burundi peace process

The 2011 referendum over self-determination in Southern Sudan
Power-sharing and peacebuilding
Duration of peace following civil war
Subnational variation in the risk of civil conflict


Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English, Spanish, German, French. Some Nepali and Portuguese.



MA, Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, 2006             

MA courses in international relations, National University of Singapore,2004                                                                 

BA, Comparative Politics and Spanish and Latin American studies, University of Bergen and Universidad de Costa Rica, 2003



2007- present: Researcher, CSCW/PRIO

2010: Election observer for the OSCE, Ukraine
2006-2007: Delegate, Nepal Red Cross Society
2005-2006:  MA student scholarship at CSCW/PRIO
2005: Trainee, Norwegian Embassy in Buenos Aires
2005: Research associate, Statoil Summer Project
2000-2004: Part-time teacher, Austbø secondary school



Recent publications

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Rustad, Siri Aas; Halvard Buhaug; Åshild Falch; & Scott Gates (2011) All Conflict Is Local: Modeling Sub-National Variation in Civil Conflict Risk, Conflict Management and Peace Science 28(1): 15–40.

Master Thesis

Falch, Åshild (2006) Durable Peace Following Civil War? Testing the Importance of International Security Guarantees And Institutional Settlement Arrangements. MA thesis, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, .

Conference Paper

Buhaug, Halvard;Falch, Åshild; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter 2010 The Bottom Billion and Climate Change, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, , 17–20 February.
Rustad, Siri Aas;Buhaug, Halvard;Falch, Åshild; & Gates, Scott 2009 Subnational Variation in Civil Conflict Risk, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 15–18 February.

PRIO Policy Brief

Falch, Åshild (2010) Women's Organizations: A Driving Force Behind Women's Participation and Rights, PRIO Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild (2010) Affirmative Action: A Kick-Start with Limitations, PRIO Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild & Jason Miklian (2008) A Transitional Success Story: The Nepali Experience with Power-sharing, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild (2008) Power-sharing to Build Peace? The Burundi Experience with Power-sharing Agreements, PRIO Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Høigilt, Jacob; Åshild Falch & Øystein H. Rolandsen (2010) The Sudan Referendum and Neighbouring Countries: Egypt and Uganda, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild (2010) Women’s Political Participation and Influence in Post-Conflict Burundi and Nepal, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild (2009) Towards Durable Democracy in Burundi? An Assessment of the Promise and Pitfalls of Democratization in Burundi, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild (2009) Vers une démocratie durable au Burundi? Une évaluation des promesses et écueils du processus de démocratisation au Burundi, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Falch, Åshild & Megan Becker (2008) Power-sharing and Peacebuilding in Burundi, CSCW Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Rustad, Siri Aas;Falch, Åshild;Gates, Scott; & Buhaug, Halvard (2009) Risk Assessment and Mitigation Measures for Natural and Conflict-Related Hazards in Asia-Pacific, NGI Report, 200716001. : Norwegian Geotechnical Institute.
Falch, Åshild (2009) Democracy Still at Risk in Burundi, NOREF Brief, : .