Violence and Conflict

How do violence and conflict impact individuals, communities and institutions? Fafo has long experience in researching conflicts and social unrest around the globe. Our research focuses on how people and institutions are affected by, respond to and recover from violence and conflict.

We aim at uncovering the underlying drivers of conflict, who the main actors are on the local, national, regional and global levels, and the conditions under which conflicts are created and sustained.

Our research focuses on the continuum of violence (Bourgois 2004), that is the interlinkage of domestic, structural and political violence. Our research therefore also explores the impact of violence and conflict on health, social relations and political participation.

Research topics vary from the integration of traumatized refugees, human trafficking, torture, as well as an indebt study of civil wars, social unrest and terrorism around the world.

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Forsker II, bistilling
Ingunn Bjørkhaug and Morten Bøås
Fafo-report 2014:39
Mona Christophersen
Protest and reform in Jordan
Popular demand and government response 2011 to 2012
Fafo-report 2013:50
Mona Christophersen, Cathrine Moe Thorleifsson and Åge A. Tiltnes
Fafo-report 2013:48
Mona Christophersen, Jacob Høigilt and Åge A. Tiltnes
Fafo-report 2012:09 / NOREF report
Henriette Lunde
The violent lifeworlds of young Haitians
Gangs as livelihood in a Port-au-Prince ghetto. The Haiti Youth Project
Fafo-paper 2012:03
Amsale K. Temesgen
Climate Change to Conflict?
Lessons from Southern Ethiopia and Northern Kenya
Fafo-report 2010:09
Leenco Lata, ed.
The Search for Peace: The Conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea
Proceedings of Scholarly Conference on the Ethiopia-Eritrea Conflict. Held in Oslo, Norway, 6 – 7 July, 2006
Fafo-report 2007:14
Kathleen M. Jennings
The War Zone as Social Space:
Social Research in Conflict Zones
Fafo-report 2007:08
Mary Wareham
What if No one's Watching
Landmine Monitor: 1999–2005
Fafo-report 550
Dr. Joanna Spear
Market Forces
The Political Economy of Private Military Companies. Economies of Conflict: Private Sector Activity in Armed Conflict
Fafo-report 531
New Security Programme. Economic Agendas and Civil Wars
Business and International Crimes
Assessing the Liability of Business Entities for Grave Violations of International Law
Fafo-report 467
Leiv Lunde and Mark Taylor, with Anne Huser
Commerce or Crime?
Regulating Economies of Conflict
Fafo-rapport 424
Fafo-report 380
Global Witness
Logs of War
The Timber Trade and Armed Conflict
Fafo-report 379
Philip Swanson
Fuelling Conflict
The Oil Industry and Armed Conflict
Fafo-report 378
Ian Smillie
Dirty Diamonds
Armed Conflict and the Trade in Rough Diamonds
Fafo-report 377
Jon Pedersen, Mona Christophersen, Pål Sletten
Fafo-report 371
Jon Pedersen, Mona Christophersen, Lena C. Endresen and Pål Sletten
Fafo-report 365
Willy Egset and Suzanne Hammad
Landmine Victims in Jordan
A Needs Assessment Study
Fafo-paper 1999:03

Mette-Louise Johansen, Therese Sandrup and Nerina Weiss

Introduction: The Generative Power of Political Emotions

Nazand Begikhani, Wendelmoet Hamelink, Nerina Weiss

Women and War

Ludvig Foghammar, Suyoun Jang, Gulzhan Asylbek Kyzy, Nerina Weiss, Katherine A. Sullivan, Fawzia Gibson-Fall, Rachel Irwin

Challenges in researching violence affecting health service delivery in complex security environments

Kathleen Jennings & Morten Bøås

Transactions and Interactions: Everyday Life in the Peacekeeping Economy

Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding

Kathleen M. Jennings

The political economy of DDR in Liberia: a gendered critique

Conflict, Security and Development

Morten Bøås and Kathleen M. Jennings

‘Failed States’ and ‘State Failure’: Threats or Opportunities?


Victor Adetula

En global utfordring

Dagens Næringsliv

Victor Adetula

The crisis around Lake Chad

Africa is a Country

Tone Sommerfelt

Yahya Jammeh's tribalism

Africa is a Country

Tone Sommerfelt, Anne Hatløy and Kristin Jesnes

Wahhabiyya paranoia in Bamako and the new intolerance of the tolerant

The Broker

Mark Taylor

Regulating Illicit Flows to and From Wars Companies in Conflict Situations

Morten Bøås and Kathleen M. Jennings

War in the Great Lakes Region and Ugandan Conflict Zones: Micro-regionalisms and Meta-narratives Afro-Regions: The Dynamics of Cross-border Micro-regionalisms in Africa