Senior Researcher, CMI
Social anthropologist focusing on peace, conflict and forced migration in South Asia and the Middle East.
Are Knudsen is senior researcher the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Bergen (2001). From 2006-09 , Knudsen was Research Director at CMI, leading the Peace. Conflict and the State research group. Knudsen is scientific coordinator for CMI’s research collaboration with the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy (Muwatin) and co-director of an institute programme on Forced Migration. Knudsen has done fieldwork in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Palestine and specialises on forced migration, Islamism, political violence and transitional justice. He as published peer-reviewed articles in Third World Quarterly, Journal of Refugee Studies and Mediterranean Politics and is the author of Violence and Belonging: Land Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan (NIAS Press, 2009). With Sari Hanafi he is editor of Palestinian Refugees: Identity, Space and Place in the Levant (Routledge, 2010). His most recent book (co-edited with Michael Kerr) is Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution (Hurst, 2012). Knudsen has led project evaluations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, completed long-term fieldwork and short-term assignments in conflict zones and been a project member of external and in-house evaluations, reports and assessments.