Nicholas Marsh

Senior Researcher

Additional positions:

Health and Safety Representative (Verneombud)

Research Interests

NISAT online database and archive of small arms transfers, production, and regulations. See 

Twitter account on the small arms trade at @NisatPrio 


  • Global trade in small arms and light weapons.
  • Relationship between arms, governance and violence.
  • Arms trafficking.
  • Data and methodology used to research the trade in small arms and light weapons.
  • Arms acquisition by non-state parties involved in civil war.
  • Arms export and transfer controlls.


  • The role of regional organisations (in the arms trade).
  • The EU's security and foreign policy (as concerns arms).
  • Multilateral diplomacy (concerning arms control).
  • Armed violence.
  • Homicide (with firearms).
  • Conflict deaths (with small arms and light weapons).

​​​​Languages spoken:

English, learning Norwegian

Work experience:

2014 - 2015 

Consultant to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, worked on a global report on firearms trafficking.  

2004 - 2008
Chair, European research Network COST Action A25 'European Small Arms and the Perpetuation of Violence'

2001 - present
Research Fellow, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo

2001 - present
Consultant to the Small Arms Survey (work on the global trade in small arms and light weapons)

1995 - 2001
Several positions, including work for the UK Defence Forum


Dr.Philos, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo - 2020

MA International Conflict Analysis - University of Kent at Canterbury - 1994-1995

BSc Economics - International Relations and Area Studies (East Asia) - University of Wales, Aberystwyth - 1991-1994

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