Kristian Berg Harpviken

Research Professor

Kristian Berg Harpviken
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 78
Mobile phone: +47 920 61 861
Twitter: @harpviken

Research Interests

Transnational mobilization and civil war
War-related migration and social networks
 Regional (in-)security
 Peacebuilding and peacemaking
 Methodology in contexts of crisis and conflict
​ Geographical focus on Afghanistan and its neighborhood



Norwegian, English; basic French and German

Work Experience

Research Professor, PRIO
2009–17Director, PRIO
​Guest Researcher, Institute for International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University
​2007–​Associate Fellow, Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York
2005–09Deputy Director, PRIO
2004–05Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (CRPB) programme, PRIO
1999–Senior Researcher, PRIO
1999–06Project Leader, 'Assistance to Mine-Affected Communities (AMAC)'
​1998​Guest researcher (Fulbright Scholar), Department of Sociolocy, University of Chicago
1997–03Research Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human geography, University of Oslo. 
Project: 'Flight and Social Decision-Making: Forced Migration in Afghanistan'
1995–97Research Fellow, PRIO.
Project: 'Common Security in Southern Africa' (17 months)
1990–92Director and Agricultural Coordinator, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Peshawar, Pakistan
1989Conscientious Objector, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC), Oslo
1983–88Farmer, Harpviken Farm, Brumunddal
1982Military Service
1981–93Farm work, Nedre Berg Farm, Brøttum


2017–​Member of the Board of Directors, Global Resource Network on Conflict (GRNC), Washington DC
2017​–​External Board member, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo
​2016–Member of the Advisory Committee of the joint United Nations and World Bank Policy Study on the role of Development in the Prevention of Violent Conflict.
​2016–Board member, Research Council of Norway’s Board committee for international issues [Styreutvalg for internasjonale saker]
​2015–​Board member, Division for Society and Health, Research Council of Norway​
​2015–16​Member of Norwegian Commission of Inquiry on Norway’s civilian and military involvement in Afghanistan during the period 2001–2014
​2014–​Governing Board member, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development​ (MGIEP), New Delhi
​2014–​​International Board member, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
2013–Advisory Board member, Norwegian Polytechnic Society
2012–  Board of Trustees member, the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights
2012–Advisory Board member, Business for Peace Foundation
​2012–16​Editorial Board member, Politics and Governance (Open Access journal)
2011–Scientific Advisory Council member, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
2010–14 Programme Council member for the MA programme in Peace and Conflict Studies (PECOS), University of Oslo
​2007–​Editorial Board member, Comparative Social Research​ (yearbook published by Emerald)
2006–09 Member of the National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (Norway)


Senior Executive Course (Sjefskurset), Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo
PhD in Sociology, University of Oslo [Dissertation]
1993–95  Cand. Polit (M.Phil.) in Sociology, University of Oslo [Dissertation]
1991​–93Development Studies, University of Uppsala
1987–89Cand. Mag, University of Oslo
1984–86Management studies, Norwegian School of Management, Gjøvik
1982–83Agriculturalist, Staup School of Gardening, Levanger


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

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2014) Split Return: Transnational Household Strategies in Afghan Repatriation, International Migration 52(6): 57–71.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2012) The Transnationalization of the Taliban, International Area Studies Review 15(3): 203–229.


Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2009) Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Sarah Lischer (2013) Refugee Militancy in Exile and Upon Return in Afghanistan and Rwanda, in Jeffrey T. Checkel, ed., Transnational Dynamics of Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (89–119).
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) The Return of the Refugee Warrior: Migration and Armed Resistance in Herat, in Oeppen, Ceri; & Angela Schlenkhoff, eds, Beyond the Wild Tribes: Understanding Modern Afghanistan and its Diaspora. London: (121–137).

Popular Article

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Mark Naftalin (2012) Conflating Spaces: Syrian Rebels and Refugees in South Turkey, ISN Security Watch, 18 September.
Naftalin, Mark & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2012) Militarisering av flyktningene [Militarization amongst refugees], Dagsavisen, 29 August.

Conference Paper

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) What is Special about Refugee Warriors?Center for Global Studies, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, 18 April.

PRIO Policy Brief

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) Exile Socialization, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2016) ‘Voting with Their Feet’ or Returning to Fight?, PRIO Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: PRIO.
Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Benjamin Onne Yogev (2016) Syria’s Internally Displaced and the Risk of Militarization, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Naftalin, Mark & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2012) Rebels and Refugees: Syrians in Southern Turkey, PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2008) From 'Refugee Warriors' to 'Returnee Warriors: Militant Homecoming in Afghanistan and Beyond, Global Migration and Transnational Politics Working Paper , 5. Arlington, VA: Center for Global Studies, George Mason University.
Wimpelmann, Torunn; Akbar Sarwari; Arghawan Akbari; Arne Strand; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Astri Suhrke (2008) Return in Dignity, Return to What? Review of Voluntary Return Programme to Afghanistan, CMI Report, 6. Bergen: CMI.
Suhrke, Astri; Kristian Berg Harpviken; & Arne Strand (2004) Afghan Refugees in Iran: From Refugee Emergency to Migration Management, CMI Policy Brief. Bergen/Oslo: CMI/PRIO.