Elsa Lilja Gunnarsdottir

Research assistant

Elsa Lilja Gunnarsdottir is research assistant for the project Norway and the EU towards 2030 and is part of the Research group on security and defence

Before joining NUPI (2019-2022) she worked at the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) in Brussels, and got a thorough introduction into Norways relationship with the EU through the EEA Agreement. She has previously interned at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre in Kent and at the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo, and wrote a masters degree on European integration. Recently she took part in an 8-week intensive course on peace, security, arms control and disarmament, organised by the OSCE and United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) - the Scholarship for Peace and Security 2022.


2017 - 2019: Master of Arts, International Relations and European External Relations, University of Kent / Brussels School of International Studies.

2013 - 2016: Bachelor of Arts, International Comparative Studies, Duke University.


2019 - 2022: Communications Officer, EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA), Brussels

2018 - 2019: Intern, Conflict Analysis Research Centre, Kent, United Kingdom

2017: Trainee, Norwegian Embassy to Kosovo and Albania

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