Sven Gunnar Simonsen
Independent Analyst and International Reporter

A short CV


Dr. Philos. (University of Oslo, 2002)
Cand Polit. (political science; University of Oslo, 1993)

MA (international journalism; City University, London, 1987)

Languages spoken

Norwegian, English, Russian, German, Spanish, some talian,
some Serbian (BCS), basic French, very basic Arabic.

Work History

March-June 2015
Emergency Communication Specialist, UNICEF Ukraine (Kyiv)

September-November 2014
Long-term OSCE Election Observer, Ukraine 

May 2015
OSCE Election Observer, Ukraine

October 2013 - April 2014
Communication Officer, UNICEF Sudan (Khartoum)

June 2013
OSCE Election Observer, Mongolia

June-August 2012
Reporting Officer, UNICEF Yemen (consultant, Oslo)

Dec 2011- June 2012       
Reporting Officer, UNICEF Yemen (Sana'a) 

2009 à                 
Freelance – independent analyst and international reporter

Researcher (Senior Researcher) at PRIO

OSCE long-term observer at parliamentary elections, Georgia 2008 (April-May)

Researched the projects ’Internationalized Statebuilding and Theories of Military Unit Cohesion’ (funded by the Norwegian MoD) and ’The Role of East Timor's Security Institutions in National Integration – and Disintegration’ (funded by the MFA)

On leave (language studies)

'Military Intervention and Post-Conflict Nation-Building', post-doctoral project (funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Defense)

2003-2005; 2007 
Academic Coordinator, Australian National University (ANU), PRIO, and Bjørknes College joint postgraduate degree program in international relations, specialising in peace and conflict studies

'Nationalism, National Identity and the Post-Soviet Russian Military', doctoral project financed by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council, with additional project grants from Norwegian Ministry of Defense, Norwegian Foreign Ministry, NATO, and Brown University

Book review editor of Journal of Peace Research

Course Leader, six-week graduate course C-154 Peace Research, 'Armed Conflicts – Causes and Responses'. International Summer School (ISS), University of Oslo

Fulbright Research Associate, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Nordisk Østforum. Editor-in-chief of quarterly Nordic journal on Russian and East European affairs.

à 1994
Worked as a journalist for several newspapers, including Dagens Næringsliv, Verdens Gang, and Dagbladet


2004 à
Member of Utlendingsnemnda (UNE) – the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board. UNE is an independent quasi-judicial Appeals Board that handles appeals of rejections by the Directorate of Immigration pursuant to the Immigration Act.

2008, 2009
Consultancies related to the establishment of new MA programs in Peacebuilding / Peace and Conflict Studies at the Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA., and Tischner European University in Krakow, Poland 

2005 à  
Member of Norcap, an emergency stand-by force whose members are assigned to the United Nations and other international organizations in emergency operations

1997 à
Member of Nordem, a specialty roster with assignments within the areas of human rights monitoring, election supervision/ observation and investigation of serious human rights violations

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