Åshild Kolås

Research Professor

Åshild Kolås
Email: ashild@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 68
Twitter: @AshildKolas
Website: www.researchgate.net

Research Interests

Currently working on identity, ethnicity and representation, governance, sovereignty and digital politics.


Åshild Kolås is a social anthropologist and Research Professor at PRIO. She was the head of PRIOs Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Program from 2005 to 2011. Her core research interests are ethnicity, identity politics and peacebuilding. She has conducted long-term fieldwork in multi-ethnic communities in India and China, and has written on Tibet, Nepal, Inner Mongolia and Northeast India with a focus on governance and governmentality, identity politics, discourse and representation. Among her latest books are Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar: Between Feminism and Ethnopolitics (Routledge, 2019) and Sovereignty Revisited: The Basque Case (Routledge, 2017, co-edited with Pedro Ibarra Güell). She is also the author of Tourism and Tibetan Culture in Transition. A Place Called Shangrila (Routledge, 2008) and On the Margins of Tibet: Cultural Survival on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier (University of Washington Press, 2005; 2015, with Monika P. Thowsen). From 2006 to 2018, she coordinated an institutional cooperation between PRIO and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi. She currently leads the project e-Topia: China, India and Biometric Borders, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). She is also a member of the editorial board of the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (EBHR) and Alternatives: Global, Local, Political

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