Welcome, I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bergen (Department of Administration and Organization Theory). I am also associated with the CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute) in Bergen and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. Previously I was as humanitarian aid worker with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Swaziland and Uganda.

In my research I am specifically interested in how war and conflict affects social, political and gender relations. Among others, I am currently leading an ERC-funded research project on the micro-level effects of civil wars on women's empowerment. My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including World Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, the Journal of Peace Research and others.

I am also involved in impact evaluations for development and humanitarian organizations in the field of women's empowerment, political accountability, water and sanitation and climate adaptation. These humanitarian and development agencies include UNICEF, UNHCR, the Welthungerhilfe, the KfW Development Bank, the World Bank, Oxfam and others. My research has been funded by the European Research Council (ERC), 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}uib{dot}no


2022 News:

16-18 May: Richard Traunmüller and I will present our article on "Does Wartime Sexual Violence affect Social and Political Behavior?" at the UNU-WIDER conference The Puzzle of Peace in Helsinki.

14 February: Summer Lindsey's and my paper on wartime sexual violence, social stigmatization and humanitarian aid has been published online first at the Journal of Conflict Resolution

10 February: Richard Traunmüller and I published a new UNU-WIDER working paper on the "The social and political consequences of wartime sexual violence"

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