Hanne Eggen Røislien

PhD-Fellow, NTNU & Doctoral Researcher, PRIO

Hanne Eggen Røislien
Hanne Eggen Røislien left PRIO in 2010. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Hanne is in 2010 finalising her doctoral dissertation on the role of religion in the Israel Defense Force (IDF). The dissertation is based on a series of interviews with IDF soldiers, and will be submitted to the Department of Religious Studies, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (see: www.ntnu.no/arv).


She has also conducted extensive research on settlement issues and settler movement in the West Bank. Hanne's research is qualitative and interview based. General focus is on the Middle East, Israeli politics, religion, military studies, Israeli settlements, conflict, and culture.


Hanne is attached to PRIO's research project "Comparative Ethics of War" at the Ethics, Norms and Identities (ENI) programe. She was also part of the "Missing Peace: Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in the Middle East"-group.


Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English, German, Hebrew.


Work experience:


2006 - 2010: PhD-Fellow, Religious Studies, NTNU


Since April 2007: Doctoral Guest Researcher at PRIO
2004-2005: Researcher, PRIO
2004: Seminar Leader, Culture Studies [Kulturstudier], Pondicherry, India
2003: Research Officer, UN OCHA/UNOHCI, Kuwait and Iraq
2002 - 2003: Student Scholarship at PRIO
2001 - 2002: Research Officer, Press and Info Officer, Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH)
1998: Internship, Fafo, Jerusalem

Language studies in Jerusalem and fieldwork experience from Israel/West Bank and Iraq. Various internships for NGOs, e.g. Norwegian Human Rights Fund, Fafo, and Amnesty International.



2007 (winter semester): Visiting PhD-Fellow, University of Chicago

Since 2006: PhD-fellow in Religious Studies, NTNU.
Cand.Philol. (MA), University of Oslo, History of Religion, 2002.
Cand.Mag. (BA), University of Oslo (History of Religion and Sociology) and University of Copenhagen (International Relations and Middle East Studies), 1997.


PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Røislien, Jo & Hanne Eggen Røislien (2010) The Logic of Palestinian Terrorist Target Choice? Examining the Israel Defense Forces’ Official Statistics on Palestinian Terrorist Attacks 2000–2004, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 33(2): 134–148.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Hanne Eggen Røislien (2008) Faithful Brokers? Potentials and Pitfalls of Religion in Peacemaking, Conflict Resolution Quarterly 25(3): 351–373.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2007) Living with Contradiction: Examining the Worldview of the Jewish Settlers in Hebron, International Journal of Conflict & Violence 1(2): 169–184.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2005) For Gud, stat og fedreland. Bosetterne på Vestbredden og i Øst-Jerusalem [For God, State and Fatherland. Settlers in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem], Internasjonal Politikk 5: 517–535.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2006) Religion is Not Just Religion, Global Knowledge(1).
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2004) Hvem eier hellig land? Et blikk på verdensbildet til de jødiske nybyggerne i Hebron [Who Owns Holy land? A Look at the Worldview of the Jewish Settlers in Hebron], Babylon - tidsskrift om Midtøsten og Nord-Afrika 1(2): 54–59.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2004) En Kamp for Frelsen: En analyse av det jødiske nybyggersamfunnet i Hebron [A Battle for Redemption: An Analysis of the Jewish Settler Community in Hebron], Din. Tidsskrift for religion og kultur 1: 54–63.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2004) Når Kardemommeloven svikter: om shiitisk maktposisjonering i Irak, og om historien som gjentar seg selv [When the Cardamom Law Fails: On Shiite Power in Iraq and History that Repeats Itself], Din. Tidsskrift for religion og kultur 1: 25–31.

Popular Article

Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2009) Får han superkrefter nå? Nobel-prisen hjelper ikke Obama i Midtøsten. [Does He Get Superpowers Now? The Nobel Prize Won't Help Obama in the Middle East], VG, 17 October.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2007) Religionens fornyede rolle [The Renewed Role of Religion], Aftenposten, 16 January.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2005) Da Gud ikke kom [When God Didn't Arrive], Morgenbladet, 3 October.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2005) Med Gud i Gaza [With God in Gaza], Dagbladet, 12 August.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2004) Leder: Vold - Finnes det bra og dårlig kultur? [Leader: Violence - Justifiable or Mad Culture], Din. Tidsskrift for religion og kultur, 14 December.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2004) Lysglimt i Israel: Rabbis for Human Rights [A Glimmer of Hope in Israel: Rabbis for Human Rights], Amnesty Nytt, 14 December.
Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2003) Israelske bosettinger og menneskerettighetene [Israeli Settlements and Human Rights], Dagbladet, 5 October.

Master Thesis

Røislien, Hanne Eggen (2002) Obligations of a Sacred Place: An Analysis of How the Jewish Community of Hebron Legitimises its Disputed Presence. MA thesis, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Report - External Series

Harpviken, Kristian Berg; & Hanne Eggen Røislien (2005) Mapping the Terrain: The Role of Religion in Peacemaking, State of the Art Paper to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oslo: PRIO.