Dr. Kristian Berg Harpviken is a Research Professor at and former Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He is a sociologist from the University of Oslo. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the micro-foundations of forced migration, applying a network perspective on the study of decision-making, impacts on the home community, and repatriation.
Harpviken has also worked on civil society, transnationalism, political mobilization as well as a variety of issues related to post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding. Harpviken has published 16 academic articles and a number of reports and press commentaries, in addition to being widely used as a media commentator and as a lecturer.