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Dr. Ingrid Samset


Dr Ingrid Samset is a political scientist with more than ten years of experience from research and consultancies on peace and conflict dynamics. She works as a Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies at the University of Limerick, where she also serves as the Associate Director of UL's Centre for Peace and Development Studies. Prior to joining UL Samset worked as a researcher and postdoctoral researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. She holds a PhD in comparative politics from the University of Bergen.

Samset's research addresses questions related to transitions from armed conflict and authoritarian rule, with a focus on peacebuilding and statebuilding, transitional justice and civil-military relations. Regionally her expertise is on Central and Southern Africa as well as Brazil. Samset has published articles and book chapters on peacebuilding, civil war recurrence, natural resource wealth and conflict and on aid to transitional justice and judicial reform. In her doctoral research she analysed why countries that have had a civil war see different levels of violence in the aftermath, focusing on Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Methodologically Samset is trained in the case study and comparative methods and she has broad experience from qualitative research in conflict contexts, gained through academic studies as well as participation in a number of aid evaluations.

Research Interests

  • Conflict and conflict resolution
  • Peacebuilding
  • Statebuilding
  • Civil-military relations and democratisation

  • Security and development
  • Peacekeeping operations

  • Transitional justice
  • African politics
  • Brazilian politics

Teaching Interests

PO4107 Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict
PO5004 Graduate Seminar in Development
PO5006 Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
PO5101 Conflict, Security and Development

Professional Activities


  • 2013 University of Bergen - PhD


Book Chapter


Sexual Violence: The Case of Eastern Congo
Samset, I
The Peace In Between: Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding


Foreign Aid to Transitional Justice: The Cases of Rwanda and Guatemala, 1995-2005
Petersen, S; Samset, I; Wang, V
Building a Future of Peace and Justice: Studies on Transitional Justice, Peace and Development

Conference Contribution

Other Publication


Cycles of violence? WDR 2011: Three issues and a question
Suhrke, A; Samset, I
The Nordic Africa Development Policy Forum (NAI Forum)

Peer Reviewed Journal


Building a Repressive Peace: The Case of Post-Genocide Rwanda
Samset, I
Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2011.566485


What's in a Figure? Estimating Recurrence of Civil War
Suhrke, A; Samset, I
International Peacekeeping DOI: 10.1080/13533310601150776

Published Report


Community-Driven Development in Contexts of Conflict
Strand, A; Toje, H; Jerve, AM; Samset, I