Jacob Høigilt left PRIO in 2018. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Jacob Høigilt

Jacob Høigilt

Interests and experience

  • Media, politics and society in the Middle East
  • Islamism
  • Language, ideology and culture
  • Youth in the Arab world

See also my profile at ResearchGate and Google Scholar for information on and fulltexts of my publications.

Current activities Two major projects currently take up most of my time. From 2016-2019 I work on the project "Journalism in Struggles for Democracy: Media and Polarization in the Middle East, together with CMI colleague and project leader Kjetil Selvik. By systematically comparing the political function of media across three media channels (TV, electronic news, print) in Tunisia and Egypt, the project investigates how differences between journalistic interpretive communities affect struggles for democracy.

Second, I take part in the project Aid in Crisis?, led by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik at PRIO, which investigates how rights-based approaches (RBA) affect the impact of humanitarian action. My task in this project is to study the Norwegian aid given to Palestine.

Research Professor, PRIO (2018)

Senior researcher, PRIO (2013-2018)
Adjunct associate professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo (2015-)

Senior researcher, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2009-2013)
PhD fellow, University of Oslo (2004-2008)

PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2008)
Cand. Philol. in Arabic, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2003)

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