​​​From 1 January 2016, Ragnhild Nordås​ will take over as Research Director for the Conditions of Violence and Peace Department. Ragnhild holds a PhD in political science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She has been at PRIO since 2004, first as a research assistant and then as a PhD researcher at the CSCW between 2005 and 2009. Since 2010, she has been Senior Researcher with CSCW and now CVP, as well as Deputy Editor for the Journal of Peace Research. 
Nordås is taking over from Halvard Buhaug​, who has served as Research Director since 1 April 2013.