Kristoffer Lidén

Senior Researcher

Kristoffer Lidén
Work phone: (+47) 22 54 77 37
Mobile phone: (+47) 90 11 24 93

Research Interests

Kristoffer Lidén is a Senior researcher at PRIO. He was the coordinator of the UiO-NTNU-PRIO Research School on Peace and Conflict (2011-2017) and heads the PRIO Research Group on Humanitarianism, and Law and Ethics. His research and publications centre on the ethics of international affairs, with a focus on the fields of security, humanitarianism and peacebuilding. Lidén has co-initiated, coordinated and worked on several NRC, Nordforsk and EU funded projects, including Liberal Peace and the Ethics of Peacebuilding; Protection of Civilians: from principle to practice; and CORE: Cultures of governance and conflict resolution in Europe and India. He was recently responsible for work packages on ethics, law and human rights in SOURCE: Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal Security in Europe and NordSTEVA: Nordic Centre of Excellence on Security Technology and Societal Values. Lidén holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo with a dissertation on 'the ethics of liberal peacebuilding and the philosophy of global governance'. He has also studied Sociology and Anthropology, and a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.                                                                                                   



  • Global governance
  • Peacebuilding
  • Humanitarian action
  • Societal Security
  • Security technology
  • Peace in international law


  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • International Relations
  • Sociology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Peace and Conflict Studies



​​Working Experience:

2014-: Senior Researcher, PRIO.

2019-: Deputy Director, Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS)

2018: Acting Research Director, Dimensions of Security Department, PRIO.

2018: Acting Director, Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.

2011-2017: Coordinator, Research School on Peace and Conflict, PRIO.

2007-2014: Researcher, PhD Candidate, PRIO. 

2006-07: Coordinator and lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies in Puducherry, India.

2006: Young Researcher at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Germany and Tilburg, Holland, as part of the EU funded project Applied Global Justice.

2004-05: MA stipend at PRIO.

2002-03: CO as research assistant at PRIO, Ethics, Norms and Identities programme.


2014: PhD in Philosophy, University of Oslo. Member of the Research School of The Ethics Programme, University of Oslo.  

2006: European Research Training Network, Applied Global Justice, University of Saarbrücken, Germany, and University of Tilburg, Netherlands.

2005: MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Oslo. Philosophy specialisation.

2003: Major module in Philosophy, graduate level, University of Oslo. Thesis on 'Spinoza's Ethics of War and Peace.'

2002 Cand. mag. with the subjects Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology at the universities of Oslo and Bergen.


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