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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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Ingunn Bjørkhaug and Morten Bøås
Fafo-report 2014:39
Mona Christophersen
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
Fafo-paper 2012:03
Amsale K. Temesgen
Fafo-report 2010:09
Kathleen M. Jennings
Fafo-report 2007:08
Fafo-report 550
Dr. Joanna Spear
Fafo-report 531
New Security Programme. Economic Agendas and Civil Wars
Fafo-report 467
Leiv Lunde and Mark Taylor, with Anne Huser
Fafo-rapport 424
Fafo-report 380
Global Witness
Fafo-report 379
Philip Swanson
Fafo-report 378
Ian Smillie
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
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?


Prosjektleder: Nerina Weiss
Prosjektslutt: 2021
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