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Are John Knudsen

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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 was research director at CMI (2006-09, 2013-15) and project manager for institutional research collaboration in Palestine (2005-13). He is currently co-director of an institute programme on Forced Migration (with Arne Strand). Knudsen has done fieldwork in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Palestine and specialises on  communal conflict, forced displacement and urban refugees. He also publshed on gender-based violence (honour killings), 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). With Sari Hanafi he is editor of Palestinian Refugees: Identity, Space and Place in the Levant (Routledge, 2010). His most recent edited books are Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution (Hurst, 2012) and Popular Protest in the New Middle East: Islamism and Post-Islamist Politics (I.B. Tauris, 2014). Knudsen has led project evaluations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine and completed long-term fieldwork and short-term assignments in conflict zones, been a project member of external and in-house evaluations, reports and assessments.

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