Welcome, I am a Senior Researcher at CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute) in Bergen and associated with the University of Konstanz and the University College London. Previously I was as humanitarian aid worker with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Swaziland and Uganda.

In my research I am interested in the causes and consequences of war and conflict, war and gender and the impact of development aid. My work has been published or is forthcoming in leading journals including World Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, the Journal of Peace Research and others.

I cooperate with and advise humanitarian and development agencies including the Welthungerhilfe, the KfW Development Bank, the World Bank, Oxfam and others. My research has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the KfW Development Bank and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

You can contact me at carlo{dot}koos{at}cmi{dot}no


2022 News:

20 January: From March 2022, I will join the University of Bergen (Department of Administration and Organization Theory) as an Associate Professor of Political Science. I am very excited about this new position, look forward to meeting my new colleagues and students.

10 January: I received an ERC Starting Grant for my project titled "The Micro-Level Effects of Civil Wars on Multiple Dimensions of Women's Empowerment". I am grateful for the grant, the positive reviews and the support for an important and timely topic. Here's a featured version on the ERC website:
https://erc.europa.eu/projects-figures/stories/erc-starting-grants-2021

2021 News:

3 November: Summer Lindsey's and my paper on wartime sexual violence, social stigmatization and humanitarian aid has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Conflict Resolution

3 October: Two paper presentation at APSA on "Sexual Violence, Disclosure and Social Resilience: Survey Evidence from DRC" and "Trenches of Totalitarianism: World War I and the Rise of Fascism"

2 September: New article on conflict-related trauma published in Social Science & Medicine-Mental Health

24 August: Proposal Accepted for UNU-WIDER Project on Institutional Legacies of Violent Conflict

8 June: Paper presentation on the impact of aid on political perceptions in DR Congo at the Nordic Conference of Development Economics

16 March: New article on survey participation effects in conflict research published in Journal of Peace Research

14 April: Two papers/panels on war and nationalism and gender and war accepted at the American Political Science Association annual meeting

5 March: New working paper on the legacy of WW1 and nationalism in interwar Germany

5 January: MA course on the political economy of development aid at the University of Bergen