Research Staff

Are John Knudsen

Senior Researcher

Completed projects

Jan 2006 - Dec 2016

Politics of Faith

Jan 2005 - Dec 2008

Global Moments in the Levant

Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Courts in transition

Jun 2004 - Dec 2004

NORAD Review Afghanistan

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Social anthropologist focusing on peace, conflict and forced migration in South Asia and the Middle East

Are John Knudsen is senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Bergen (2001). Knudsen has been research director at CMI (2006-09, 2013-15),  project manager for institutional research collaboration in Palestine (2005-13) and co-director of an institute programme on Forced Migration (2009-13). Knudsen has done fieldwork in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Palestine and specialises on micro-conflict, forced displacement and urban refugees. He also published on gender-based and political violence, refugee law and transitional & international criminal justice.

He is the author of Violence and Belonging: Land Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan (NIAS Press, 2009). His most recent co-edited books are: Palestinian Refugees: Identity, Space and Place in the Levant (Routledge, 2010), Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution (Hurst, 2012), Popular Protest in the New Middle East: Islamism and Post-Islamist Politics (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and Civil-Military Relations in Lebanon: Conflict, Cohesion and Confessionalism in a Divided Society (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). Knudsen has also co-edited two special issues/sections on: "Hamas and the Arab Spring" (Middle East Policy, 2013, w/Frode Løvlie) and "Humanitarianism in refugee camps" (Humanity Journal,  2016, w/ Maja Janmyr).

Knudsen has led project evaluations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine, completed long-term fieldwork and short-term assignments in conflict zones and been a project member of external and in-house evaluations, reports and assessments. His latest commissioned work includes the "CEB Palestine report" (Norad, 2017) and the "Life skills in non-formal contexts for adolescent girls in developing countries" (Brookings, 2018).

Knudsen is project leader #URBAN3DP, #ME_SuperCamp, #SuperLeiren and #EFFEXT and project member @TRAFIG_EU.

Most recent publications