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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.

Johansen, M-L., Sandrup, T. & Weiss, N. (2018). Introduction: The Generative Power of Political Emotions. Conflict and Society, 4(1).

Mette-Louise Johansen, Therese Sandrup and Nerina Weiss

Weiss, N. (2018). The Many Layers of Moral Outrage. Kurdish Activists and Diaspora Politics. Conflict and Society, 4(1).

Nerina Weiss

Begikhani, N., Hamelink, W., & Weiss, N. (2018). Theorising women and war in Kurdistan: A feminist and critical perspective. Kurdish Studies, 6(1).

Nazand Begikhani, Wendelmoet Hamelink & Nerina Weiss

Begikhani, N., Hamelink, W., & Weiss, N. (eds.) (2018). Kurdish Studies. Vol 6, No 1 (2018): Special Issue: Women and War.

Nazand Begikhani, Wendelmoet Hamelink, Nerina Weiss

Weiss, N. (2017). De gode radikale i kampen mot IS. I A. Andersson, S. A. E. Høgestøl & A. C. Lie (red.), Fremmedkrigere: Forebygging, straffeforfølgning og rehabilitering i Skandinavia. Oslo: Gyldendal Juridisk.

Nerina Weiss

Foghammar, L., Jang, S., Kyzy, G. A., Weiss, N., Sullivan, K. A., Gibson-Fall, F. & Irwin, R. (2016). Challenges in researching violence affecting health service delivery in complex security environments. Social Science and Medicine, 162, 219-226.

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

Jennings, K.M. (forthcoming) “Blue Helmet Havens: Peacekeeping as Bypassing in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo”, International Peacekeeping.

Kathleen M. Jennings

Jennings, K.M. and M. Bøås (2015) “Transactions and Interactions: Everyday Life in the Peacekeeping Economy”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 281-295.

Jennings, K.M. (2015) “Life in a ‘Peace-kept’ City: Encounters with the Peacekeeping Economy”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 296-315.

Kathleen M. Jennings

Jennings, K.M. (2014) "Service, sex and security: Gendered peacekeeping economies in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo", Security Dialogue, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 1-18.

Kathleen M. Jennings

Jennings, K.M. (2010) "Unintended Consequences of Intimacy: Political Economies of Peacekeeping and Sex Tourism", International Peacekeeping, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 229-243.

Kathleen M. Jennings

Jennings, K.M. (2009) "The political economy of DDR in Liberia: a gendered critique", Conflict, Security & Development, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 475-494.

Kathleen M. Jennings

Bøås, M. and A. Hatløy (2008), "‘Getting in, getting out’: militia membership and prospects for re-integration in post-war Liberia", Journal of Modern African Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, pp.33-55.

Morten Bøås and Anne Hatløy

Jennings, K.M. (2007) "The Struggle to Satisfy: DDR Through the Eyes of Ex-Combatants in Liberia", International Peacekeeping, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 1-15.

Kathleen M. Jennings

Bøås, M. and K.M. Jennings (2007) "'Failed States' and 'State Failure': Threats or Opportunities?", Globalizations, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 475-485.

Morten Bøås and Kathleen M. Jennings