Environment (2012-2015)

​​The Environment research group defines the environment in the broad sense of physical factors that condition human affairs as well as sociopolitical configurations of settlement patterns. 

MINDfields Interview with Nils Petter Gleditsch

​A video interview with Nils Petter Gleditsch, Research Professor at PRIO, has recently been published as a part of the MINDfields interview series. The MINDfields project is the brain child of Christian Davenport, who is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He has teamed up with Will Moore, Ernesto Verdeja, Ragnhild Nordås and Jaqueline Demeritt to conduct interviews with senior conflict, violence and peace scholars. The interviewees reflect on the trajectory of their research agendas during the arc of their careers, thus providing a unique perspective on conflict and peace research. In this video, Nils Petter Gleditsch is interviewed by Ragnhild Nordås, Senior Researcher at PRIO.

PRIO Report on Water Scarcity in Bangladesh

​On the occasion of World Water Day 2013 (22 March), PRIO has published a new report on water scarcity and transboundary rivers in South Asia, titled Water Scarcity in Bangladesh. Transboundary Rivers, Conflict and Cooperation (PRIO Report 1/2013). In addition to reviewing bilateral agreements on water cooperation in South Asia, the report investigates water scarcity in Bangladesh and explores institutional mechanisms and strategies for basinwide and multilateral cooperation on the management of transboundary river water. View the report online or download the report as a PDF.

Urbanizing India (URBIN)

​​A new three-year research project on urban security in India was initiated on 1 March, funded by the Research Council of Norway’s INDNOR program. It involves PRIO researchers Halvard Buhaug (project leader), Kristian Hoelscher, Jason Miklian, and Gerdis Wischnath, as well as researchers from the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation. URBIN will study the interaction between three related social challenges in India: (1) managing an inclusive and peaceful transition from rural to urban society; (2) ensuring sustained social and economic inclusion; and (3) tackling environmental change. The project is explicitly multi-disciplinary and will combine quantitative analysis with qualitative fieldwork-based research. URBIN is a collaborative project between PRIO and Observer Research Foundation, lasting from March 2013 through December 2015.


Successful Doctoral Dissertation Defence by Ole Magnus Theisen

​Ole Magnus Theisen successfully defended his thesis at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on Friday 16 November. His work is titled: Renewable resource scarcity, natural disasters, and the possibility of collective violence.

He has been a student with the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU, and attached to the 'Environmental Factors in Civil War' Working Group at PRIO's Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW).

The evaluation committee:
Karen Witsenburg, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Thomas Bernauer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Scott Gates, PRIO/NTNU

His supervisors are both at CSCW:
Nils Petter Gleditsch
Halvard Buhaug

Nils Petter Gleditsch turns 70

​​Today, 17 July 2012, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Research Professor at PRIO and former editor of the Journal of Peace Research turns 70 years. He was born 17 July 1942 in Sutton, Surrey, Great Britain.

Succesful Doctoral Dissertation Defence by Marit Brochmann

​Marit defended her PhD dissertation on Monday 11 June at the University of Oslo. The thesis is titeled Bridge over Troubled Water - Interaction in International River Basins.

She has been a Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War in the Working Group for Environmental Factors in Civil War.

Successful Doctoral Defense by Rune Slettebak

​​Rune Slettebak, a PhD candidate at NTNU and a research associate of CSCW/PRIO successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Trondheim on 3 May. The title of the dissertation is 'Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and the Risk of Violent Conflict'.

This PhD project assesses the relation between natural disasters triggered by extreme weather events and the risk of violent conflict. Han Dorussen (University of Essex) and Espen Sjaastad (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) were the opponents at the dissertation defense, while Indra de Soysa and Henrik Urdal were PhD supervisors.

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