Karin Dyrstad

Associate Professor

Karin Dyrstad
Institution: NTNU
Email: karin.dyrstad@ntnu.no
Website: www.ntnu.no
Karin Dyrstad is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

PhD project ”Prospects for democracy in South-East Europe. Democratic values and political participation in Balkan.”



2012: PhD Political Science, NTNU

2006 - 2007: M.A. Political Science from NTNU.

2002 – 2006: Bachelor in Political Science from NTNU and Universidad de Chile, Santiago, with supporting courses in economics, sociology and Latin American history and politics.

Working Experience:
- PhD candidate at NTNU and PRIO from April 2008
- Research Assistant at NTNU, department of Sociology and Political Science (August 2007 – April 2008).
- Teaching Assistant (courses in applied research methods and economics, 2005 – 2007).

Languages spoken
Norwegian, English, Spanish


PRIO Departments


PRIO Projects



Dyrstad, Karin (2007): Economic and political factors behind global deforestation. A quantitative analysis 1990 – 2005. MA Political Science, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU. Supervisor: Indra de Soysa.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Dyrstad, Karin (2012) After ethnic civil war: Ethno-nationalism in the Western Balkans, Journal of Peace Research 49(6): 817–831.
Dyrstad, Karin; Halvard Buhaug; Kristen Ringdal; Albert Simkus & Ola Listhaug (2011) Microfoundations of Civil Conflict Reconciliation: Ethnicity and Context, International Interactions 37(4): 363–387.

Book Chapter

Dyrstad, Karin & Ola Listhaug (2017) Institutional Trust in the Yugoslav Successor States: A Comparative Approach, in Ramet, Sabrina P.; Christine M. Hassenstab; & Ola Listhaug, eds, Building Democracy in the Yugoslav Successor States, Accomplishments, Setbacks, Challenges since 1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (87–107).

Conference Paper

Brounéus, Karen; Erika Forsberg; Karin Dyrstad & Helga Malmin Binningsbø (2017) The Gendered Links between War-Related Trauma and Attitudes to Peace: Exploring Survey Data from Guatemala, Nepal, and Northern Ireland, presented at 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Baltimore, 22–25 February.
Dyrstad, Karin & Helga Malmin Binningsbø (2017) Perceptions of transitional justice mechanisms in Guatemala, Nepal, and Northern Ireland, presented at European Consortium of Political Science Conference, Oslo, 7–9 September.
Dyrstad, Karin; Helga Malmin Binningsbø; Kristin M. Bakke & Arne Henning Eide (2016) Attitudes for peace: Public opinion in three post-conflict countries, presented at International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16.03.16–19.03.16.
Binningsbø, Helga Malmin & Karin Dyrstad (2013) Political confidence after civil war: Peacebuilding strategies and public opinion in 30 countries, presented at 54th International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Fransisco, 03.04.13 – 06.04.13.
Dyrstad, Karin & Helga Malmin Binningsbø (2012) Power sharing and political confidence: Postconflict Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, presented at Domestic Elites and Opinion, Konstanz, 07 Sep 2012.

PRIO Policy Brief

Dyrstad, Karin; Helga Malmin Binningsbø; Kristin M. Bakke & Arne Henning Eide (2016) Public Support for Peace Agreements: The Cases of Guatemala, Nepal, and Northern Ireland, Conflict Trends, 5. Oslo: PRIO.