Kristian Hoelscher

Research Director

Additional positions:

Senior Researcher


Mobile phone: +47 40 29 79 31

Research Interests

Kristian is a senior researcher at PRIO. His research interests lie at the intersection of cities, politics, markets and conflict. He has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and using interdisciplinary approaches. 

His current research covers five areas: 

  • How cities respond to crises and the practices that emerge to promote urban resilience
  • The role of urbanisation in shaping political and social change 
  • How businesses negotiate and operate in contexts of urban violence and how this supports or undermines peacebuilding and sustainable development
  • The role of the private sector in exacerbating and ameliorating social conflicts
  • The implications of the uses of digital technologies in peacebuilding and development practices

Kristian holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo, an MSc. in Population and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Business and BSc (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Languages spoken:

English, Norwegian. Elementary Portuguese and Spanish.



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