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  • SPACE, AGENCY AND SUFFERING: Unveiling the experiences of non-Western women in asylum reception centres in Northern Norway 

    Toffanin, Sara (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-18)
    The experiences of women in asylum reception centres remain largely unheard. Few researchers have been focusing on the lived experiences of women in asylum accommodations. Even fewer have investigated the interaction between spatial conditions of asylum accommodation and women’s agency in Northern Norway. This thesis involves an interdisciplinary conceptual framework to explore the interaction ...
  • Vietnam – A general study of the triangulation toward change: social movements, economic development, and political changeover. An overview on the Vietnamese political development between internal movements and external constraints 

    Fornaroli, Alessandro (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-11-14)
    The 1986 Economic Reform (Doi Moi) can be considered a watershed in Vietnamese history. The resulting development has also had a notable impact on society, where a more solid economic base has enabled the development of the middle class, a necessary condition for the growth of civil society. While the political system still defends a collectivist model, economic liberalism is bringing the Vietnamese ...
  • A study of manifestations of political polarization as structural violence. A case study of Ghana’s 2020 Election 

    Osei-Tutu, Abena Ramirez (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-11-03)
    This research will use the case of Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections in 2020 to illustrate how polarization manifests in the power struggle and is fueled by structural violence in the constitutional and institutional arrangements towards elections. Ghana is often considered a model of African democracy with a track record of peaceful elections, regular changes of power since its return ...
  • The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon 

    Menyoli, George Ikome (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-10-28)
    The historiography of the “Anglophone Problem” has drawn a lot of ink from Cameroonian historians, lawyers, politicians, and scholars. This is because an Anglophone in the Cameroonian context is not necessarily a Cameroonian who speaks or writes English, or who is imbibed with the Anglo-Saxon culture. Cameroonians are confronted with who an Anglophone is, what is the Anglophone problem, the origin ...
  • Does international elite sporting success or hosting major events affect self-rated health? An examination of potential positive externalities related to international sporting tournaments 

    Storm, Rasmus K.; Jakobsen, Tor Georg (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-11-22)
    Research question: It is a common expectation among politicians, civil servants and sport managers that hosting a major sporting event or achieving international elite sport success yields a variety of positive externalities grounded in the “Virtuous Circle of Elite Sport and Events” model. However, over the years various studies have shown that this model is not necessarily an accurate depiction ...
  • Peacekeeper Training on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Adding a gendered perspective 

    Kvinnesland, Kristin (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-08-15)
    The United Nations (UN) promote gender equality and the fight against sexual violence on a global scale. Highlighting gender (in)equality and its effect on people are fundamental elements in promoting equality between sex and gender, regardless of the hierarchy, environment and social background. When addressing gender equality, it is essential to understand that the UNs gender mainstreaming agenda ...
  • Climate Change, Human Displacement and the Potentiality of Conflict: The Case of Bangladesh 

    Patwary, Obayedul Hoque (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2016-05-16)
    The impacts of climate change are damaging many aspects of human environment and increasing the vulnerabilities of millions of people in different parts of the world. Among different consequences of climate change, human displacement caused by natural disaster, both sudden and gradual, is one of the most obvious scenario in recent times. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world ...
  • Everyday Peace in the Ecovillage: Unity and Strength through Diversity 

    Van Roekel, Allison (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-31)
    Abstract: Peace and conflict studies can benefit from studying small, ordinary, peaceful communities, in contrast to focusing on outlier events of violence, conflict and war. As a peace from below approach, the ecovillage model offers insights on how ordinary people innovate new ways to build and sustain peace within a microcosm of society, focusing intensely on the local. The aim of this research ...
  • Why International Pressure Is Not Helping End Violence in Ethiopia 

    Woldeselassie, Zerihun A (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-07)
    Eight months into the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, it’s estimated that thousands are dead, 1.7 million are displaced, and hundreds of thousands are living in famine conditions. Despite intense pressure and punitive measures, the international response—led mainly by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU)—is not helping. Some critics have labeled the response a mistake. Others ...
  • The future of UN peace operations: Principled adaptation through phases of contraction, moderation, and renewal 

    Coning, Cedric de (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-03-05)
    This article considers the future of UN peace operations through a complexity theory lens. In the short-term peacekeeping will have to adapt to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fall-out of the Trump presidency. In the medium-term peacekeeping will go through a phase of uncertainty and turbulence due to geopolitical power shifts in the global order. In the longer-term peacekeeping ...
  • Learning Norwegian in Norwegian to become Norwegian? A study on the monolingual strategy for refugees learning Norwegian at Voksenopplæringen and how it affects their prospects for integration into society. 

    Mahdalchuk, Daniella (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2021-05-18)
    Refugees in Norway are the group that experiences discrimination and social exclusion the most. The main reason of discrimination and unsuccessful integration is insufficient language skills. Even though, that they are provided with up to 3000 hours of language learning within an Introduction program that is specially designed for them to help them to reconstruct their lives in Norway, there is only ...
  • Identity, stability, Hybrid Threats and Disinformation 

    Freedman, Jane; Hoogensen Gjørv, Gunhild; Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2021-01-01)
    The following article examines the relevance of gender and intersectional analyses to better understanding hybrid threats, in particular those that are increasingly targeting civilian environments. The authors first present relevant concepts including hybrid threats and warfare, resilience, disinformation, civilian agency, and intersectionality as a method. Thereafter they discuss how disinformation ...
  • The United States Securitization Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: A study of Post-truth governmentality from January - May 2020 

    Greene, Jordan Reza (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2021-03-31)
    This academic study uses the method of multimodal critical discourse analysis and semi- structured interviews to examine the power dynamics, through linguistic practice, of the Trump Administration concerning their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using governmentality, securitization theory, and post-truth politics, I investigate seven actors’ COVID-19 discourse from January to May 2020. I implement ...
  • The 12th Man in the Old Firm Rivalry: Understanding Soccer Fan Violence and Football Fan Rivalry 

    Aluola, Caleb Osaigiade (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2020-06-01)
    The purpose of this study is to present and explain some of the factors that reinforce and intensify soccer fan violence in the context of the Old firm fan rivalry. This study explored the Old Firm fan rivalry as a case study because it is the oldest fan rivalry in football history and is regarded as one of the most intense, fiercely contested and violent rivalry in football. Further, the study ...
  • The identity conflict of the Csango minority from Romania 

    Borit, Cornel (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2006)
    <p>In the eastern province of Romania, also called Moldavia, lives a minority group of nearly a quarter of a million people named Csangoes, designated by the religious allegiance to the Roman-Catholic Church, and the use of Hungarian language as mother tongue by approximatively 60 000 people. The common literature of the last period has launched the idea that the Csangoes represent a mysterious ...
  • A Study of Recurring Inter-group Conflict in Ethiopia: The Case of Guji and Gedeo, 2018 

    Grindaker, Ingvild Emilie Trabandt (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-11-01)
    In April of 2018 violent conflict broke out between the Guji and Gedeo ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia, after 20 years of apparent stability. It is well established that many conflicts recur over time. This study aims to better understand why the Guji and Gedeo ethnic groups got into violent conflict again in 2018, after 20 years of relative stability. The key objectives are to shed light on what ...
  • Prevention of Violent Extremism’s (PVE) ‘mission creep’ into the Peacebuilding Dispositif: A Case Study of PBF Funded Peacebuilding Projects in Kyrgyzstan 

    Darvell, Heidi Alexandra (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-02)
    This thesis explores the shift of focus in peacebuilding projects that has been funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) in Kyrgyzstan. After the ethnic violence in 2010, UN was invited to perform peacebuilding in the country. This was funded through the PBF, a branch of the so- called UN Peacebuilding Architecture. However, in 2017 the peacebuilding projects shifted focus and started doing Prevention ...
  • The Causes Radicalising the Youth in South-Eastern Turkey. A Critical Approach 

    Keskin, Erhan Mutlu (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-01)
    There are various causal and contributing factors for radicalisation, depending on the unique perceptions of each individual, society, or region. This thesis seeks to find out causal factors radicalising the young population in south-eastern Turkey, through semi-structured interviews and non-participant observation. Radicalisation is being handled critically in this thesis. It is not always supposed ...
  • Did the UN miss with the Protection of Civilians in South Sudan? Exploring perspectives and perceptions of the UN protecting policies for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) 

    Blindheim, Andrea (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-05-31)
    The aim of this thesis is to explore the different perceptions and perspectives regarding the UN’s Protection of Civilians (PoC) policy and the use of the policy in the ongoing peace operation in South Sudan. As the UN is utilizing the PoC policy in the majority of their ongoing peace operations, there is bound to be different perspectives and perceptions of the policy from civilians in the host ...
  • Group identity in Hong Kong; simply ‘black’ or ‘white’? Narratives of Hong Kong citizens among two generations during the 2019 summer protests 

    Wong, Julia (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2020-06-02)
    During the summer of 2019, the largest protests in Hong Kong’s history occurred. The Be Water protests were related to a proposed extradition law, they were also connected to pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong. In the protests, a lot of the slogans referred to a Hong Kong identity separate from a Chinese identity. The two identities seemed to be seen as two contrasting identities and dichotomy, ...

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