Vilde Bergstad Larsen

Research Assistant

Vilde Bergstad Larsen
Vilde Bergstad Larsen left PRIO in 2020. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

​Nonviolent and violent protest, the interaction between dissidents and governments, and quantitative methods and spatial data.


I am working as a research assistant for the Conflict Trends and EU-LISTCO project teams with developing GIS and spatial data skills to aid analysis, data graphics, and visualizations. I am also working on coding non-violent and violent mass mobilization campaigns for the MoDe project. 

I finished my MA thesis in political science at the University of Oslo in June 2020, titled "Organization, Repression, and the Violent Escalation and De-Escalation of Nonviolent Protest". 


2018-2020: MSc, Political science, University of Oslo and PRIO

2015-2018: BA, International Studies, University of Oslo and University of Mannheim

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Vestby, Jonas; Jürgen Brandsch; Vilde Bergstad Larsen; Peder Landsverk & Andreas Forø Tollefsen (2022) Predicting (de-)Escalation of Sub-National Violence Using Gradient Boosting: Does It Work?, International Interactions. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2022.2021198.

Master Thesis

Larsen, Vilde Bergstad (2020) Organization, Repression and the Violent Escalation and De-Escalation of Nonviolent Protest. MA thesis, Institute of Political Science, Department of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Jarland, Julie; Håvard Mokleiv Nygård; Scott Gates; Emilie Hermansen & Vilde Bergstad Larsen (2020) How Should We Understand Patterns of Recurring Conflict?, Conflict Trends, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

Blog Posts

Which Countries Win (and Lose) When We Add Democracy to the Human Development Index?

Posted by Håvard Mokleiv Nygård & Vilde Bergstad Larsen on Wednesday, 30 December 2020

The UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI) is a major achievement. It has focused the world’s attention on the human aspects of development, highlighting and featuring not just economic gains but also schooling and education and life expectancy. In this, it was a hugely important corrective for a development community that ... Read more »

Oppression and Regime Survival: Will Trump’s reactions to the Black Lives Matter movement bring about his exit?

Posted by Tora Sagård, Vilde Bergstad Larsen & Marianne Dahl on Sunday, 5 July 2020

Since George Floyd’s brutal killing by the police in May, demonstrations have spread to more than 2,000 major cities and villages in the United States. Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) is probably the most widespread movement in the country’s history. In addition, we have seen huge global support, with demonstrations in ... Read more »