Elida K. U. Jacobsen

Senior Researcher

Elida K. U. Jacobsen
Email: elida@prio.org
Work phone: Please contact PRIO reception (22 54 77 00)
Twitter: @elida_kristine
Elida K. U. Jacobsen is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

My current research is situated in critical security studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies and peace and development research. The primary focus is on surveillance technologies and national biometric schemes in Europe and South Asia, and the role of digital data in different governance domains. I am interested in empirically grounded studies of the relationship between governing rationales and forms of appropriation in sites of implementation. I furthermore research non-violence and peace traditions in Europe and India.


​​​​​​​​​​Working Experience:

  • 2015- present: Senior Researcher at PRIO
  • 2007- present: Academic Program Manager, undergraduate semester course in Peace and Conflict Studies. Kulturstudier/Høgskolen in Oslo og Akershus. Pondicherry, India
  • 2011- 2015: Doctoral Researcher at PRIO
  • 2007- 2012: Internal Examiner, Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Oslo, Norway
  • 2008- 2010: Researcher at PRIO
  • 2007: MA Stipend at PRIO.


  • 2015- PhD in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • 2007- MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Castellón, Spain
  • 2005- BA in Journalism, Middlesex University/ Harlow College, London, UK

Member of editorial communications team:

  • 2012- present: International Political Sociology (Wiley/Blackwell)

Languages spoken:

Fluent Norwegian, English, French, conversational Hindi


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Prakash, Amit; Imran Amin; Rukmani & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) Homogenising Discourses of Governance: Identity and Autonomy in Jharkhand, Anglistica AION 19(1): 147–162.
Amicelle, Anthony & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) The cross-colonization of finance and security through lists: Banking policing in the UK and India, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 34(1): 89–106.
Kumar, Samrat Schmiem & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) Cultures of Peace in India: Local visions, global values and possibilities for social change, Peaceworks 1(6): 1–13.
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2012) Unique Identification: Inclusion and Surveillance in the Indian Biometric Assemblage, Security Dialogue 43(5): 457–474.

PhD Thesis

Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2015) Unique Biometric IDs: Governmentality and Appropriation in a Digital. PhD thesis, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Book Chapter

Lidén, Kristoffer & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) The local is everywhere: a postcolonial reassessment of cultural sensitivity in conflict governance, in Burgess, J. Peter; Oliver P. Richmond; & Ranabir Samaddar, eds, Cultures of Governance and Peace: a Comparison of EU and Indian Theoretical and Policy Approaches. Manchester: Manchester University Press (132–149).
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. & Samrat Schmiem Kumar (2014) The Plurality of Peace, Non-Violence and Peace works in India, in Kumar, Samrat Schmiem; & Priyankar Upadhyaya, eds, Peace and Conflict - the South Asian Experience. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press India.
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2013) Preventing, predicting or producing risk? India's national biometric identification, in Kolås, Åshild; & Jason Miklian, eds, India's Human Security: Lost Debates, Forgotten People, Intractable Conflicts. New York: Routledge (135–148).
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. & Kristoffer Lidén (2012) Theoretical Challenges for Assessing Socio-Cultural Sensitivity in Governance and Conflict Resolution [15 May], in Galvanek, Janel B.; Hans J. Giessmann ; & Mir Mubashir, eds, Norms and Premises of Peace Governance. Socio-Cultural Commonalities and Differences in Europe and India. Berlin: Berghof Foundation (25–30).
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2011) Friðr: A Northern European Perspective, in Dietrich, Wolfgang; Josefina Echavarría Alvarez; Gustavo Esteva; Daniela Ingruber; & Norbert Koppensteiner, eds, The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: a Cultural Perspective. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan UK (67–86).

Master Thesis

Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum (2007) Norwegian Media Discourses and the Middle-Eastern Other. Identity and Security.Universitat Jaume 1, .
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2007) Norwegian Media Discourse and the Middle-Eastern ‘Other’: Identity and Security. MA thesis, Peace, Conflict & Development Studies, Universitat Jaume I de Castelló (UJI), Castelló, Spain.
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2007) Norwegian Media Discourses and the Middle-Eastern Other. Identity and Security. MA thesis, Universitat Jaume 1, Castellón: Universitat Jaume 1.

Conference Paper

Jacobsen, Elida K. U. & Anthony Amicelle (2013) Disciplinarization by Technology? Anti-Money Laundering in Europe and India, presented at 54th International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 03.04.13 – 06.04.13.
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum & J. Peter Burgess (2013) Desirable surveillance? studying norms and values in the Indian national biometric ID scheme, presented at 54th International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 03.04.13 – 06.04.13.
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum & Kristoffer Lidén (2013) Socio-Cultural Sensitivity in Conflict Governance: A Postcolonial Reassessment, presented at 54th International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 03.04.13 – 06.04.13.
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum 2012 Identification and Financial Inclusion: Gendering the biometric enrolment of homeless in Delhi, presented at 2012 annual NFU conference: Development for a Finite Planet: Grassroots perspectives and responses to climate change, resource extraction and economic development, , .
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum 2012 Ethical and Societal Implications of National Biometric Identification, presented at New Delhi: The High Level Privacy Conclave, , .
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum; & Lidén, Kristoffer 2011 Theoretical Challenges for Assessing Socio-Cultural Sensitivity in Conflict Governance, presented at CORE, , .
Jacobsen, Elida Kristine Undrum 2008 Media Coverage of Islam, presented at Popular Lecture. Oslo: HL Senteret, , .
Jacobsen, Elida K. U. (2008) 'Our' values and the 'Other': The West, Islam, and (Counter) Discourses of Enmity in the Mass-Media, presented at Propaganda: War and Biopolitics, HL senteret; Oslo, 22 October.

PRIO Policy Brief

Jacobsen, Elida K. U. & Priyanka Vij (2013) India's national biometric ID scheme, CORE Policy Brief, 4. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Lidén, Kristoffer; Nina Boy; & Elida K. U. Jacobsen (2016) Societal Ethics and Biometric Technologies, SOURCE Societal Security Network. Oslo: SOURCE.

Blog Posts

Digital India: Less Cash, but not Cashless

Posted by Åshild Kolås & Elida Kristine Undrum Jacobsen on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The past month has seen historic events in India. On Tuesday 8 November 2016, the Modi government announced without prior warning that all 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes would be rendered valueless more or less overnight. In effect, this meant immediate withdrawal of the largest bank notes in circulation, ... Read more »

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