Kersti Larsdotter

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer

War Studies


Department of War Studies and Military History

Strategy Division

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Currently on leave (Visiting Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 2022)

Kersti Larsdotter is Associate Professor of War Studies at the Department of War Studies and Military History. She serves as chair of the Civil Wars and Military Interventions (CWAMI) research group.

Previously, Larsdotter was Associate Professor of Military Strategy at the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College, Norwegian Defence University College. She has also been a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, a guest researcher at Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University, a research scholar at the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a guest researcher at the Department of Civil-Military Relations, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.

Her main research interests are military strategy and the utility of force; the dynamics, nature and conduct of war, particularly civil wars and different forms of military interventions; and the development of knowledge about war and conflict. Her current research is focused on the utility of military assistance as a strategic tool, as well as on the transnational dynamics of civil wars.

Larsdotter holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg, a MA in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University, a BA in History of Religion from Uppsala University and a BSc in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg.

Research Interests
- Military strategy
- The utility of force
- Irregular warfare and civil wars
- Insurgency and counterinsurgency
- Peacekeeping
- Military assistance
- The development of knowledge

Research Projects
- The Use of Force
- External Military Support in War: Challenges for Strategy and Tactics

Latest publications

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