Lars Seland Gomsrud

Research Assistant

Lars Seland Gomsrud
Lars Seland Gomsrud left PRIO in 2010. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Mobilization and Modus Operandi of Rebel Groups

Understanding the characteristics of rebel groups is crucial to comprehensive analyses of civil wars and effective peace-building policies. In order to devise better peace settlement strategies in different contexts, this project will first gather systematic information about the characteristics of rebel groups (mobilization and recruitment characteristics, organizational structure, and modus operandi) for cross-case comparisons. We will then flesh out the trends discovered in the comparative analysis through case analyses of conflict ridden regions. 


Project leader: Scott Gates

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Contact information:


   skype: selandgomsrud


Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English and German


Working Experience:

Research Assistant, CSCW, PRIO 2009 - Des. 2010 

MA Intern, CSCW, PRIO May-Dec 2008



2008: MA in Political Science. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

2007/2008: MA courses in International Relations. E.ON Ruhrgas scholarship to Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany. 

2006: BA in Political Science, German language and Economics. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)





Policy Brief 

All Publications

Non-refereed Journal Article

Govinda, Daniel Clayton; Line Engbo Gissel; Lars Seland Gomsrud; Elise Leclerc-Gagné; Erlend Paasche; Stewart Prest & Julian Schäfer (2011) The Method Makes the Manuscript: Key Texts in the Theoretical and Methodological Advancement of the Study of Civil War, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 5(2): 239–251.

Master Thesis

Gomsrud, Lars Seland (2009) Market Capitalism and Interstate War. Limits to Universality in International Relations. MA thesis, Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), .

Conference Paper

Gomsrud, Lars Seland;Gates, Scott; & Strand, Håvard 2009 Surviving the Capitalist Peace: Leaders' Incentives and Economic Freedom, presented at 5th ECPR General Conference, , 10 September.

PRIO Policy Brief

Gomsrud, Lars Seland & Mohamed Husein Gaas (2010) Somalia's Transitional Federal Government at a Crossroads, PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.