Martin Austvoll Nome left PRIO in 2011. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Martin Austvoll Nome

Martin Austvoll Nome

Interests and experience

I currently work to evolve and evaluate hypotheses on how inter-ethnic relations affect the foreign policy of states. More specifically, I deal with the instances in which states intervene in other countries' civil conflicts in order to influence their outcome. Interventions in civil conflicts are often explained with reference to material factors. I aim to better understand how affective factors cause states to intervene. Does affinity between ethnic groups in civil war countries and potential interveners make intervention more likely? How do relations of power and predominance between ethnic groups in potential interveners affect foreign policy? May characteristics of ethnic groups, particularly with regard to power, explain the partiality of interventions? I have taken some preliminary analytical and empirical steps in my MA thesis, but the material is still work in progress.

I also assist with research under the project on Political Institutions, Development, and a Domestic Civil Peace, led by Håvard Hegre.

Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English

Working experience:

Research Assistant, CSCW, PRIO, 2005-2006

MA Student Scholarship, CSCW, PRIO, Autumn 2005

Teaching Assistant, social science research methods and statistical analysis, University of Oslo, 2004


MA Political Science, University of Oslo, 2003-2005

BSc International Relations and History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 1999-2002

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