Kristoffer Lidén

Senior Researcher, Research School Coordinator

Kristoffer Lidén
Email: kristoffer@prio.org
Work phone: (+47) 22 54 77 37
Mobile phone: (+47) 90 11 24 93

Research Interests

Kristoffer Lidén is a Senior researcher at PRIO and coordinator of the UiO-NTNU-PRIO Research School on Peace and Conflict and the PRIO Research Group on Law and Ethics. His research and publications centre on the ethics of international affairs, with a focus on the fields of security, humanitarianism and peacebuilding. Lidén has co-initiated, coordinated and worked on several NRC, Nordforsk and EU funded projects, including Liberal Peace and the Ethics of Peacebuilding; Protection of Civilians: from principle to practice; and CORE: Cultures of governance and conflict resolution in Europe and India. He is currently responsible for work packages on ethics, law and human rights in SOURCE: Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal Security in Europe and NordSTEVA: Nordic Centre of Excellence on Security Technology and Societal Values. Lidén holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo with a dissertation on 'the ethics of liberal peacebuilding and the philosophy of global governance'. He has also studied Sociology and Anthropology, and a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.                                                                                                   

 

Topics:

  • Global governance
  • Peacebuilding
  • Humanitarian action
  • Societal Security
  • Security technology
  • Peace in international law

Disciplines:

  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • International Relations
  • Sociology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

 

Background

​​Working Experience:

2011-: Coordinator, Research School on Peace and Conflict, PRIO.
2007-: Researcher, PRIO.
2006-07: Coordinator and lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies in Puducherry, India.
2006: Young Researcher at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Germany and Tilburg, Holland, as part of the EU funded project Applied Global Justice.
2004-05: MA stipend at PRIO.
2002-03: CO as research assistant at PRIO, Ethics, Norms and Identities programme.

Education:

2014: PhD in Philosophy, University of Oslo. Member of the Reserach School of The Ethics Programme, University of Oslo.  
2006: European Research Training Network, Applied Global Justice, University of Saarbrücken, Germany, and University of Tilburg, Netherlands.
2005: MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Oslo. Philosophy specialisation.
2003: Major module in Philosophy, graduate level, University of Oslo. Thesis on 'Spinoza's Ethics of War and Peace.'
2002 Cand. mag. with the subjects Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology at the universities of Oslo and Bergen.

Events

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

Publications

Recent publications

Lidén, Kristoffer & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2016) Poison Pill or Cure-All: Drones and the Protection of Civilians, in Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, eds, The Good Drone. London: Ashgate. London: Ashgate .
Lidén, Kristoffer & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) The local is everywhere: a postcolonial reassessment of cultural sensitivity in conflict governance, in Cultures of Governance and Peace: a Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches. Manchester: Manchester University Press .

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Lidén, Kristoffer; Nona Mikhelidze; Elena B. Stavrevska & Birte Vogel (2016) EU support to civil society organizations in conflict-ridden countries: A governance perspective from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Georgia, International Peacekeeping 23(2): 274–301.
Liden, Kristoffer (2013) In love with a lie? On the social and political preconditions for global peacebuilding governance, Peacebuilding 1(1): 73–90.
Miklian, Jason; Kristoffer Lidén & Åshild Kolås (2011) The Perils of ‘Going Local’: Liberal Peace-building Agendas in Nepal, Conflict, Security & Development 11(3): 285–308.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2009) Building Peace between Global and Local Politics: On the Cosmopolitical Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding , International Peacekeeping 16(5): 616–634.

PhD Thesis

Lidén, Kristoffer (2014) Between Intervention and Sovereignty: Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding and the Philosophy of Global Governance. PhD thesis, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Book Chapter

Lidén, Kristoffer & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2016) Poison Pill or Cure-All: Drones and the Protection of Civilians, in Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, eds, The Good Drone. London: Ashgate. London: Ashgate .
Lidén, Kristoffer & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) The local is everywhere: a postcolonial reassessment of cultural sensitivity in conflict governance, in Cultures of Governance and Peace: a Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches. Manchester: Manchester University Press .
Lidén, Kristoffer & Henrik Syse (2015) The Politics of Peace and Law: Realism, Internationalism and the Cosmopolitan Challenge, in Larsen, Kjetil M. ; & Cecilia Bailliet, eds, Promoting Peace Through International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press (21–42).
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum; & Lidén, Kristoffer (2012) Theoretical Challenges for Assessing Socio-Cultural Sensitivity in Governance and Conflict Resolution [15 May] Norms and Premises of Peace Governance. Socio-Cultural Commonalities and Differences In Europe and India . Berghof Foundation(25–30).
Liden, Kristoffer(2011) Peace, Self-Governance and International Engagement: From Neo-Colonial to Post-Colonial Peacebuilding Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives. : (57–74).

Non-refereed Journal Article

Lidén, Kristoffer (2010) Revision or Revolution? At the Crossroads of Peacebuilding Theory , NOREF Book Review 1–3.
Lidén, Kristoffer;MacGinty, Roger; & Richmond, Oliver P. (2009) Introduction: Beyond Northern Epistemologies of Peace: Peacebuilding Reconstructed? , International Peacekeeping 16(5): 587–598.

Popular Article

Lidén, Kristoffer (2014) Do they really care? Protection of Civilians and the Veto Powers, Norwegian Centre For Humanitarian Studies Blog.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2009) The Problem of Culture, Forum For Peacebuilding Ethics, 1 November.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2008) En rettferdig kosmopolitikk [A Just Cosmopolitanism], Ny Tid, 17 October.

Master Thesis

Lidén, Kristoffer (2006) Whose Peace? Which Peace? On the Political Architecture of Liberal Peacebuilding. MA thesis, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Conference Paper

Lidén, Kristoffer (2016) The Ethics of the Protection of Civilians: Beyond Intervention and Resilience, presented at The World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Addis Ababa, 5 March.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) What ‘society’ must be defended? The ethics of societal security in Norway, presented at Worlds of Violence: 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy , 26 September.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) Luhmann goes to Juba: a systems theoretical perspective on the postliberal condition, presented at Worlds of Violence: 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy , 26 September 2015.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) Oiling the Machinery of European Security Technology? The role of ethics in EU Security Research, presented at International Studies Association, Annual Convention , New Orleans, 21 Februrary 2015.
Lidén, Kristoffer; Nona Mikhelidze; Elena B. Stavrevska & Birte Vogel (2014) EU Support to Civil Society Organisations in Conflict-Ridden Countries: A Governance Perspective from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Georgia, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention. Panel: ‘Spaces and Places of Reconstruction: Localized Peace and Civil Society’, Toronto, March 29.
Mikhelidze, Nona; Elena B. Stavrevska; Birte Vogel & Kristoffer Lidén (2013) EU Engagement with Civil Society Organisations in Conflict-Ridden Countries: A Governance Perspective from Georgia, Cyprus and Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented at Cultures of Governance and Conflict Resolution in Europe and India, Brussels, 3 December.
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum & Kristoffer Lidén (2013) Socio-Cultural Sensitivity in Conflict Governance: A Postcolonial Reassessment, presented at 54th International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 03.04.13 – 06.04.13.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2012 Recipe for Disaster: Violent Rebellion and Humanitarian Intervention, presented at Humanitarianism: past, present, future, , 8–10 November 2012.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2012 In Love with a Lie? On the Political Preconditions for Global Peacebuilding Governance, presented at New Frontiers for Peacebuilding: Hybridity, Governance, and Local Agency, , 13–14 September 2012.
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum; & Lidén, Kristoffer 2011 Theoretical Challenges for Assessing Socio-Cultural Sensitivity in Conflict Governance, presented at CORE, , .
Lidén, Kristoffer 2010 Global Peace by Analogy: Introduction, presented at Global Peace by Analogy, , 19 November.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2010 In Love with a Lie? Peacebuilding Ethics and the Political Premises of Reforming the International Peacebuilding Regime, presented at Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 19 February.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2009 Sovereignty and the Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding, presented at Liberal Peace and the Ethics of Peacebuilding: Themes, , 9 November.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2009 Peace, Self-Governance and International Engagement: A Postcolonial Ethic of Liberal Peacebuilding, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 15–18 February.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2009 Can Sovereignty be Built through Intervention? A Post-Westphalian Sovereignty Principle for Global Governance, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 15–18 February.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2008Introduction on the Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding, presented at The Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding and the Cyprus peace process12 November.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2008 Postcolonialism and the Ethics of Liberal Peacebuilding, presented at Liberal Peace and the Ethics of Peacebuilding: Cases, , 21/11/2008.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2008 A Postcolonial Ethic of Liberal Peacebuilding , presented at Liberal Peace: Value-Based External Models and Local Alternatives in Peacebuilding, , 16–17 June 2008.
Lidén, Kristoffer 2008 Peacebuilding and the social ontology of global politics, presented at Thinking With(Out) Borders: International Political Theory in the 21st Century, , 12–13 June 2008.

PRIO Policy Brief

Lidén, Kristoffer & Simon Reid-Henry (2016) What’s in It for Them? Why the Veto Powers All Support Protection of Civilians (And Why They Often Fail to Agree on It), PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Lidén, Kristoffer; & Benjamen Hayes (2015) Report on human values in threat analysis, SOURCE Deliverables, 6.1. SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence For Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security.
Lidén, Kristoffer (2015) Ethics Report 1, SOURCE Deliverables, 2. SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence For Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security.
Jumbert, Maria Gabrielsen; & Lidén, Kristoffer (2012) International survey of relevant national, EU and intergovernmental security policies13.1. : Protection of European Borders and Seas Through the Intelligent Use of Surveillance (PERSEUS).

Blog Posts

Against the Merger of Humanitarianism with Development and Security

Posted by Kristoffer Lidén on Wednesday, 8 June 2016

In the recent World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 23-24 May, the interconnections between humanitarianism, development and security were highlighted. Recognising that humanitarian assistance alone cannot address ‘the needs of over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people’, the conference chair’s summary report states: ‘A new and coherent approach is required based on addressing root causes, increasing political diplomacy for prevention and conflict resolution, and bringing humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts together’ (page 2). Similarly, the background report of the UN Secretary General – One Humanity: shared responsibility – prescribes the merger of humanitarian policies with peace and development agendas. ...

Why the Veto Powers All Support Protection of Civilians (And Why They Often Fail to Agree on It)

Posted by Simon Reid-Henry & Kristoffer Lidén on Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) expands the responsibility of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for international peace and security to the internal affairs of conflict-ridden countries. As such, it bolsters the authority of the five permanent members (the P5) in world politics and presents them with a flexible tool for exercising this authority. In reply to the question “what’s in it for them”, in this blog post we argue that in addition to shaping their responses to situations like Syria and Libya, the principle of PoC shapes the very dynamics of the Council itself, and ultimately the decisions of conflict ...

Emergency Exit for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Posted by Kristoffer Lidén on Friday, 10 April 2015

The tragedy in Syria bears witness to the deep crisis afflicting the international commitment to the “protection of civilians”. But there is a way out. Against the background of a politically divided Security Council, there is a need for a new international strategy to protect civilians caught up in armed conflicts. The international system for crisis management that emerged after the Cold War assumed a degree of political consensus that has now evaporated. As a result we are left with peace policies that do not work. From worse to a true hell This is the clear message of a recent ...

Do they Really Care? Protection of Civilians and the Veto Powers

Posted by Kristoffer Lidén on Monday, 8 December 2014

It was not until the advances of IS in Syria and Iraq turned into an international security threat that a military intervention was launched in September 2014. A horrendous civil war had then killed tens of thousands Syrian civilians and displaced millions without provoking any similar reaction. In this blog post I reflect on what this tells us about the commitment of major powers to the principle of protecting civilians across borders. Do they really care? And do they agree on its meaning and implications? A report of the UN Human Rights Commission from 13 August this year describes the ...

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