Morten Bøås (PhD) is Research Professor and works predominantly on issues concerning peace and conflict in Africa, including issues such as land rights and citizenship conflicts, youths, ex-combatants and the new landscape of insurgencies and geopolitics.
Bøås has authored, co-authored and co-edited several books and published a number of articles for academic journals. He has conducted in-depth fieldwork in a number of African countries and travelled widely elsewhere on the continent.
2001 Dr.Polit. (Ph.D) in Political Science, University of Oslo
1995 The CRE/Copernicus Seminar on Environmental Law
1994 Cand.Polit., in Political Science, University of Oslo
2013- Research professor, NUPI
2010-2012 Head of Research, Fafo’s Institute for Applied International Studies
2002-2010 Research Fellow, Fafo
Publications All publications
Publication | 2020
Violent extremism is not a new phenomenon and terrorism has a long history in Europe, often linked to separatist movements, anarchism, and far-right1
Policy brief summarising the lessons learned from assessing the EU’s measures to prevent violent extremism in a comparative perspectivePublication | 2022
Elapsing 30 months into the PREVEX consortium’s work, synchronizing results from both PREVEX-generated and external research outputs, this policy bri1
Policy brief summarizing lessons learnt on the EU’s measures to prevent violent extremism in the regionPublication | 2022
While most research on violent extremism (VE) focuses on why people turn to violence, this policy brief looks at the issue the other way round. We su1
Policy brief summarizing lessons learnt on the EU’s measures to prevent violent extremism in the regionPublication | 2021
How do EU initiatives that are geared to help prevent and counter violent extremism in North Africa and the Sahel match the underlying drivers of rad1
Working Paper on a comparison of ‘enabling environments’, drivers and occurrence/nonoccurrence of violent extremism in the Balkans and the MENA regionPublication | 2022
The following working paper presents a cross-sectional and cross-regional comparison of the findings by PREVEX project partners across their three re1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
How is the political authority to tax established, exercised and maintained over time? State-building requires predictable income. Without a domestic revenue base, even core activities states are expe...
Research project | 2020 - 2021 (Completed)
This collaborative project between NUPI, ACCORD and ECFR aims to stimulate and enrich the dialogue in Africa and Europe on the underlying geopolitical, Covid-19, peace and security and other key devel...
Research project | 2020 - 2024 (Ongoing)
This project is about jihadist insurgent governance in West Africa's Sahel region....
Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments (PREVEX)Research project | 2019 - 2022 (Ongoing)
The overarching objective of PREVEX is to put forward more fine-tuned and effective approaches to preventing violent extremism....
Research project | 2019 - 2021 (Completed)
The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the relationship between migration and development in order to suggest more effective policies for addressing root causes of migration in wea...
Events All events
EventWed 11 Oct 2023Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
HRRL presents the report "Revenge Killings and Other Serious Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan in the Aftermath of the Taliban’s Seizure of Power." The findings will be discussed by Afghanistan experts such as Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Afghanistan, a1
EventTue 30 Aug 2022Time: 13:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Join us on the 30th of August for an illuminating look into the role taxation and state fragility play in modern state-building.
EventMon 9 May 2022Time: 16:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI/Livestream to Facebook and Youtube
Changing the narrative on Africa and looking beyond aid and potential dependency on it are essential aspects for future development. On 9 May we invite you to a panel debate on this topic.
EventWed 8 Jun 2022Time: 16:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Join us for a journey into the heart of Africa as Peer Schouten paints a captivating picture of the importance of roadblocks in his new book.
EventWed 2 Feb 2022Time: 00:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: YouTube
The Sahel has recently gotten attention from the international community because of the many challenges this realm faces. This webinar marks the end of a three-year long project that has taken a closer look at the Sahel.
Articles All articles
10 Nov 2023
RE-ENGAGE, a new Horizon Europe project led by NUPI, aims to enhance the EU’s foreign policy toolbox to assist candidate countries on their path towa1
3 Jan 2022
What can we do to prevent war? How can countries emerging from conflict avoid relapse? How well do international peace operations actually work?