Kristian Hoelscher

Senior Researcher

Kristian Hoelscher
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 79
Mobile phone: +47 40 29 79 31

Research Interests

Kristian is a senior researcher at PRIO. His research interests lie at the intersection of urbanisation, governance, and conflict, with crosscutting themes including migration, demography, and environmental change. ​Past and current research has focused on: the political dimensions of urban crime and social violence in Brazil and Latin America; urban governance in India; urban security and migration in Europe and Norway; environmental change, migration and violence in South Asia; and youth and political violence. 

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

Languages spoken:

English, Norwegian. Basic Portuguese and Spanish.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Migration Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Carling, Jørgen & Kristian Hoelscher (2013) The Capacity and Desire to Remit: Comparing Local and Transnational Influences, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(6): 939–958.

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