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Thor Olav Iversen

Senior Researcher
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Summary

Thor Olav Iversen is a development economist with rich experience in working with international affairs as both a practitioner and an academic. At NUPI, Iversen do research on the impact of climate change on conflict and security through the Climate-related Peace and Security Risks-project. 

He also has a strong research interest pertaining to sciences and technology adjacent to the development and humanitarian field. In June 2023, Iversen defended my PhD dissertation in the field of theory of science with the title “Making world hunger legible: The politics of measuring global food insecurity”.

From 2015 to 2017, furthermore he worked as a regional programme officer at the UN World Food Programme. A pronounced feature of his academic life is furthermore love for dissemination and public debate, as he has significant experience as a journalist, editor and moderator of public conversations. 

Expertise

  • Development policy
  • Peace operations
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • Historical IR

Education

2023 PhD, Theory of Science, University of Bergen 

2013 Master's degree, Economics, University of Bergen. 

2010 Bachelor's degree, History, University of Bergen 

2009 Bachelor's degree, Economics, University of Bergen

Work Experience

2023- Senior Research fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) 

2023 Journalist and editor, Agenda Magasin 

2018-2023 PhD candidate, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities, University of Bergen 

2015-2017 Regional programme officer, UN World Food Programme 

2013-2015 Research assistant, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) 2012 Trainee, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul

Aktivitet

Building peace through a sustainable environment
Podcast

Building peace through a sustainable environment

Why should we connect the environment to issues of peace and conflict? And in a world of dramatically increased geopolitical tensions, is it possi...

  • Africa
  • Peace operations
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • Migration
  • Nation-building
  • Climate
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • AU
  • Africa
  • Peace operations
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • Migration
  • Nation-building
  • Climate
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • AU
Does BRICS' expansion signify conflict between the West and the rest?
Podcast

Does BRICS' expansion signify conflict between the West and the rest?

Is the BRICS a geopolitical competitor to the West? In this episode of the NUPI podcast The World Stage, Thor Olav Iversen (NUPI), Cedric de Conin...

  • International economics
  • Trade
  • International investments
  • Regional integration
  • Diplomacy
  • International organizations
  • International economics
  • Trade
  • International investments
  • Regional integration
  • Diplomacy
  • International organizations
Adaptive peace: A new way of thinking about peacebuilding
Podcast

Adaptive peace: A new way of thinking about peacebuilding

In this episode of the The World Stage, NUPI researchers Thor Olav Iversen and Cedric de Coning discuss how to sustain peace amidst the uncertaint...

  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • Peace operations
  • Conflict
  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • Peace operations
  • Conflict
Publications
Publications
Policy brief

Knowledge Gaps in the Nexus of Climate, Peace and Security

There is a growing body of research on the relationship between climate change and peace and security. Research shows that the effects of climate change can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, such as food and water security, and in combination with other factors can also increase the risk of violent conflict. It is increasingly recognized that actions taken to prevent and manage conflict can be coordinated and integrated with actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Such cross-disciplinary cooperation can generate outcomes that are beneficial for both a sustainable peace and environment. The COP27 Presidency initiative titled “Climate Responses for Sustaining Peace” (CRSP), has taken a leading role in this movement by spearheading a discursive pivot from a climate security nexus towards a climate and peacebuilding nexus, with multifaceted and holistic approaches. The literature on how to integrate climate adaption and mitigation actions in efforts to build sustainable peace is still underdeveloped. However, there are related fields, such as the relationship between peace, conflict and natural resource management that may offer comparable lessons. This policy paper takes stock of the existing knowledge and identifies knowledge gaps for policy practice in the crucial, complex and emergent field of climate, peace and security. It classifies significant gaps in our actionable knowledge by sorting them into operational knowledge gaps, climate finance knowledge gaps, and gaps in the knowledge infrastructure.

  • Security policy
  • Conflict
  • Climate
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  • Security policy
  • Conflict
  • Climate
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