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Henrik Urdal
Henrik Urdal
Senior Researcher; Editor, Journal of Peace Research
Email: henriku@prio.no
Work Phone:47 22 54 77 20
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Research
Events
Publications
Research Interest

'Youth Exclusion and Political Violence', project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2008-2012).

 

'Security Implications of Climate Change', project funded by the Research Council of Norway (2009-2012). Director of sub-project on Urban Violence.


General research interests:
* Demography and political violence
* Climate change, environmental change and armed conflict
* The politics of census-taking
* Demographic consequences of armed conflict

Listen to presentations:

'Youth Bulges and Instability', Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, 26 November 2007 (web TV).

'Too Poor For Peace? Links Between Poverty, Conflict, Demography, and Environment', The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 5 October 2007(web TV).

'Demography and Conflict: How Population Pressure and Youth Bulges Affect the Risk of Civil War', The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 5 March 2007(web TV).

'New Research on Demography and Conflict', The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 20 December 2007(PODCAST).

Superstreng med Eirik Newth (radio interview, in Norwegian).

Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English

 

Working experience:

2011-12  Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

 

2007- Senior Researcher, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.

2010- Editor, Journal of Peace Research (JPR). Associate Editor (2006-2010), Editorial Committee Member (2004-2006), Book Review Editor 2004-05.

2002-2006 PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.

2005-06 Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

1999
Investigations Assistant on the 'Population Project', The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Office of the Prosecutor. The Hague, Netherlands.

1996-98
Secretary General, Socialist Youth League (Sosialistisk Ungdom) of Norway.

1995 (summer)
Research Assistant, Statistics Norway, Division for Social and Demographic Research.

 

Education:

PhD in Political Science, University of Oslo, 2007.

Cand. Polit., Political Science, University of Oslo 2002. Courses in African politics, Statistics, Demography, Institutional theory and Nation, state and nationalism.

Cand. mag., University of Oslo 1995. Courses in Middle East/North African Studies, Demography, Political Science, Economics

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Buhaug, Halvard & Henrik Urdal (2013) An urbanization bomb? Population growth and social disorder in cities, Global Environmental Change 23(1): 1–10.
Urdal, Henrik; & Chi, Primus Che (2013) War and Gender Inequalities in Health: The Impact of Armed Conflict on Fertility and Maternal Mortality, International Interactions39(4): 489–510.
Hegre, Håvard; Håvard Mokleiv Nygård; Håvard Strand; Henrik Urdal; & Joakim Karlsen (2013) Predicting Armed Conflict, 2010-2050, International Studies Quarterly 55(2): 1–21.
Urdal, Henrik; & Hoelscher, Kristian (2012)Explaining Urban Social Disorder and Violence: An Empirical Study of Event Data from Asian and Sub-Saharan African Cities , International Interactions 38(4): 512–528.
Østby, Gudrun; Henrik Urdal; Zulfan Tadjoeddin; S. Mansoob Murshed; & Håvard Strand (2011) Population Pressure, Horizontal Inequalities and Political Violence: A Disaggregated Study of Indonesian Provinces, 1990-2003, Journal of Development Studies 47(3): 377–398.
Barakat, Bilal;Paulson, Julia; & Urdal, Henrik (2010) The Youth, Transition, and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa .
Urdal, Henrik (2008) Population, Resources and Violent Conflict: A Sub-National Study of India 1956–2002 , Journal of Conflict Resolution 52(4): 590–617.
Raleigh, Clionadh; & Henrik Urdal (2007) Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict, Political Geography 26(6): 674–694.
Urdal, Henrik (2006) A Clash of Generations? Youth Bulges and Political Violence, International Studies Quarterly 50(3): 607–630.
Urdal, Henrik (2005) People vs. Malthus: Population Pressure, Environmental Degradation, and Armed Conflict Revisited, Journal of Peace Research 42(4): 417–434.
Lyngstad, Torkild Hovde;Brunborg, Helge; & Urdal, Henrik (2003) Accounting for Genocide: How Many Were Killed in Srebrenica? , European Journal of Population 19(3): 229–248.
Suhrke, Astri;Knudsen, Are;Gleditsch, Nils Petter; & Urdal, Henrik (2003) Conflict and Development: Framework for a Proposed Research Area 19.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter; & Urdal, Henrik (2002) Ecoviolence? Links Between Population-Growth, Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict in Thomas Homer-Dixon's Work , Journal of International Affairs 56(1): 283–302.

PhD Thesis

Slettebak, Rune (2009) Climate Change, Migration and Conflict. PhD thesis, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU, . [Forthcoming]
Urdal, Henrik (2007) Demography and Domestic Armed Conflict. PhD thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, .

Book Chapter

Buhaug, Halvard; Henrik Urdal & Gudrun Østby (2013) Sustainable Cities: Urbanization and Human Security, in Sygna, Linda; Karen O'Brien; & Johanna Wolf, eds, A Changing Environment For Human Security - Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action. London: Routledge (56–66).
Urdal, Henrik (2012) Demography and Armed Conflict: Assessing the Role of Population , in Brown, Graham; & Langer, Arnim, eds, Elgar Companion to Civil War and Fragile States . Edward Elgar Publishing(139–152).
Urdal, Henrik(2011) Youth Bulges and Violence Political Demography: Interests, Conflict, and Institutions. : Paradigm(117–132).
Urdal, Henrik(2011) Demographic Aspects of Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict Population Distribution, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development: an International Perspective. : United Nations Population Division(243–263).
Urdal, Henrik(2007) The Demographics of Political Violence: Youth Bulges, Insecurity and Conflict Too Poor For Peace? Global Poverty, Conflict and Security In the 21St Century. : (90–100).
Lacina, Bethany Ann; & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2006) Monitoring Trends in Global Combat: A New Dataset of Battle Deaths, in Brunborg, Helge; Ewa Tabeau; & Henrik Urdal, eds, The Demography of Armed Conflict. Berlin: Springer (145–165).
Tabeau, Ewa;Urdal, Henrik; & Brunborg, Helge(2006) Introduction The Demography of Armed Conflict. : (1–16).

Edited Volume

Tabeau, Ewa; Henrik Urdal; & Helge Brunborg, eds, (2006) The Demography of Armed Conflict. Berlin. International Studies in Population .

Non-refereed Journal Article

Buhaug, Halvard; Henrik Urdal & Jack S. Levy (2014) 50 Years of Peace Research: An Introduction to the Journal of Peace Research Anniversary Special Issue, Journal of Peace Research 51(2): 139–144.
Urdal, Henrik; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter (2010) Grønn fred? Nobelkomiteens miljøpriser [Green Peace? The Environmental Prizes of the Nobel Committee] , Internasjonal Politikk 68(4): 617–627.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter; & Urdal, Henrik (2009) Svar til Neumann [Reply to Neumann] , Internasjonal Politikk 67(2): 309.
Buhaug, Halvard; Scott Gates; Håvard Hegre; Håvard Strand; & Henrik Urdal (2009) Nils Petter Gleditsch: A Lifetime Achiever, European Political Science 8(1): 79–89.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter; & Urdal, Henrik (2008) Om topptidsskrifter i internasjonal politikk [On Top Journals in International Relations] , Internasjonal Politikk 66(4): 699–701.
Urdal, Henrik (2005) Defusing the Population Bomb: Is Security a Rationale for Reducing Global Population Growth? , Environmental Change and Security Program Report (11): 5–11.
Brunborg, Helge; & Urdal, Henrik (2005) The Demography of Conflict and Violence: An Introduction , Journal of Peace Research 42(4): 371–374.

Popular Article

Raleigh, Clionadh; & Urdal, Henrik (2007) Skaper klimaendring krig? [Will Climate Change Lead to More War?], Morgenbladet, 1 June.
Urdal, Henrik; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter (2004) Roots of Conflict: Don't Blame Environmental Decay for the Next War, International Herald Tribune, 22 November.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter; & Urdal, Henrik (2004) Fredspris for treplanting? [Peace Prize for Tree Planting?], Aftenposten, 17 October.
Urdal, Henrik; & Strand, Håvard (2003) Verden fredeligere–men ikke Afrika [The World More Peaceful–But Not Africa], Dagbladet, 15 October.

Master Thesis

Conference Paper

Urdal, Henrik; Kristian Hoelscher; & Halvard Buhaug (2012) Does Urbanization Lead to More Peace? Rural-Urban Age Structure Differentials and Civil War, presented at The Annual convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 1–4 April.
Buhaug, Halvard; & Henrik Urdal (2010) An Urbanization Bomb? Population Growth and Social Disorder in Cities, presented at DKNVS 250 Anniversary Conference on Climate Change and Security, Trondheim, 21 June.
Buhaug, Halvard; & Urdal, Henrik 2010 An Urbanization Bomb? Population Growth and Social Disorder in Cities, presented at Urban Affairs Association, , 10 March.
Urdal, Henrik 2010Civil War and Gender Inequalities in Health: The Influence of War on Fertility , presented at International Studies Association17 February.
Buhaug, Halvard; & Henrik Urdal (2009) Will Climate Change Lead to more Urban Violence? Urbanization, Urban Environmental Problems, and Social Disorder in Cities, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, NY, 15–18 February.
Malmberg, Bo; & Urdal, Henrik 2009 Demography and the Changing Global Geography of Internal Armed Conflict, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 15–18 February.
Urdal, Henrik; & Hoelscher, Kristian 2008 Urban Youth Bulges and Social Disorder: An Empirical Study of Asian and Sub-Saharan African Cities, presented at Conference on ‘Youth Exclusion and Political Violence: Breaking the Link and Engaging Young People Positively in Development’, , 4–5 December.
Strand, Håvard; & Urdal, Henrik 2008 Youth Bulges, Democratic Elections, and Political Instability, presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, , 26–29 March.
Hegre, Håvard;Strand, Håvard; & Urdal, Henrik 2008 The Future of Armed Conflict: Predicting the Incidence of Conflict, 2007-2030, presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, , 26–29 March.
Urdal, Henrik; & Barakat, Bilal 2008 Breaking the Waves? Does Education Mediate the Relationship Between Youth Bulges and Political Violence, presented at 49th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, , 26–29 March.
Urdal, Henrik 2008 Demographic Aspects of Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict, presented at Expert Group Meeting on Population Distribution, Urbanization, Internal Migration and Development, , 21–23 January.
Østby, Gudrun;Urdal, Henrik; & Murshed, Mansoob 2007 Population Pressure, Inequality and Political Violence: A Disaggregated Study of Indonesian Provinces, 1990-2003, presented at Polarization and Conflict Meeting, , 10–12 December.
Urdal, Henrik; & Østby, Gudrun 2007 Population Pressure, Inequality and Political Violence: A Disaggregated Study of Indonesian Provinces, 1990–2003, presented at the 48th Annual Metting of the International Studies Association, , 28 February – 3 March.
Urdal, Henrik; & Raleigh, Clionadh 2006 Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict, presented at the 47th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), , 22–25 March.
Raleigh, Clionadh; & Urdal, Henrik 2005 Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict, presented at the workshop on ‘Human Security and Climate Change’, , 22–23 June.
Strand, Håvard; & Urdal, Henrik 2005 Differential Growth, Political Instability and Violent Conflict, presented at the 46th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 1–5 March.
Urdal, Henrik 2004 Demographic Change, Resource Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of India, presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 17–20 March.
Urdal, Henrik 2003 People vs Malthus: Population Pressure, Environmental Degradation and Armed Conflict Revisited, presented at 44th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), , 25 February–1 March.

PRIO Policy Brief

Østby, Gudrun & Henrik Urdal (2011) Education and Conflict: What the Evidence Says, CSCW Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Urdal, Henrik (2008) Urban Social Disorder in Asia and Africa: Report on a New Dataset, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Barakat, Bilal; & Urdal, Henrik (2009) Breaking the Waves? Does Education Mediate the Relationship Between Youth Bulges and Political Violence?, Policy Research Working Paper, 114. : The World Bank.
Urdal, Henrik; & Hoelscher, Kristian (2009) Urban Youth Bulges and Social Disorder: An Empirical Study of Asian and Sub-Saharan African Cities, Policy Research Working Paper, 110. : .