Karin Dyrstad, a PhD candidate at NTNU and a research associate of CSCW/PRIO successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in Trondheim on 8 May. The title of the dissertation is 'Civil War and the Transformation of Values'. It discusses the relationship between war experiences, ethnicity, and governance, building on surveys of public opinion from several countries in the Balkans.

Ola Listhaug and Halvard Buhaug served as her dissertation advisers. John O'Loughlin (University of Colorado) and Erin Jenne (Central European University) were the opponents at the dissertation defense.