I am a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO. I am also an affiliated researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo, working on the project Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions (DEEPI), which seeks to study the historical (and contemporary) causal links between aspects of democratic institutions, economic growth and inequality.
My research interests cover a range of topics within the broader umbrellas of internal armed conflict, regime stability and economic development. Currently, my work can be organized as follows:
- The institutional origins of civil war and ethnic conflict (with a primary focus on Africa). This was the topic of my Phd-thesis.
- The politics of authoritarian regime survival (coups, elections and political institutions in dictatorships) (which I have written about along with co-authors in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, here).
- Popular protest and revolutionary movements in dictatorships
- The inter-linkages between political institutions and economic development (corruption, and the economic effects of democracy)
Besides this, I have a general interest in quantitative methods, philosophy of science and big history.