Henriette Ullavik Erstad

Junior Research Fellow

Henriette Ullavik Erstad is junior research fellow in the Peace, Conflict and Development Research Group at NUPI. Erstad has a masters degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. The subject of her thesis was how Iran has mobilised Iraqi Shi’a militias since 1979. She has conducted fieldwork in Iran and Iraq.

She has had semesters abroad at the American University in Washington D.C. and Baltic State Technical University in St. Petersburg. During her time in D.C., she was an intern at the U.S. House of Representatives. She also has work experience from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tehran.

Erstad's research interests include international relations of the Middle East, Iranian foreign- and security policy, armed groups, and transnational movements. Her most recent publication is the working paper 'Islamic Insurgents in the MENA Region: Global Threat or Regional Menace?'. Read it here.