Ida Roland Birkvad

Research Assistant

Ida Roland Birkvad
Ida Roland Birkvad left PRIO in 2018. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

  • Political theory (especially feminist, postcolonial and queer theory​)
  • South Asian politics
  • Decolonising knowledge production


Birkvad is currently working on the FINEX - Financial Exclusion, Islamic Finance and housing in the Nordic Countries project. Here, Birkvad analyses the gendered aspects of Islamic economics and finance among Muslim women in the Oslo region.

She has worked on the SOURCE Societal Security project, researching the relationship between ethics and extremism.

Birkvad has conducted coding and interview analysis for the Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies (ACT) project.

She has worked on various projects related to South Asia, most prominently Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia and India in the World: Emerging Perspectives on Global Challenges.

In the fall of 2017 Birkvad taught seminars for the undergraduate level course REL2220: Hindu Religion and Politics at the University of Oslo.

She coordinates PRIO's International Summer School.​

Ida Roland Birkvad holds a MSc in Comparative Political Thought from SOAS, University of London​​. 

She also holds a BA in Hindi from the University of Oslo and a BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen.

Recent media appearances

Klassekampen, 28.07.18, Ikke bare representasjon

Aftenposten, 8.06.18, Moderne vitenskap utviklet seg samtidig med slavehandel og utnyttelse. Det er på tide å avkolonisere akademia

Dagsnytt 18, 15.06.18, Dekolonisering av vitenskap

Vårt Land, 9.01.18, Homoforbud med vestlig opphav


English, Norwegian, Hindi, Urdu.


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Borchgrevink, Kaja & Ida Roland Birkvad (2021) Religious norms and homeownership among Norwegian Muslim women, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2021.1965866: 1–18.
Miklian, Jason & Ida Roland Birkvad (2016) Religion, poverty and conflict in a garbage slum of Ahmedabad, International Area Studies Review 19(1): 60–75.

Popular Article

Borchgrevink, Kaja; Marta Bivand Erdal & Ida Roland Birkvad (2022) En mangfoldig befolkning stiller nye krav til boligmarkedet [A more diverse population places new demands on the housing market], Utrop, 4 November.

PRIO Report

Kolås, Åshild; Uttam Kumar Sinha; Jason Miklian; Ruchita Beri; Elida K. U. Jacobsen; Reshmi Kazi; Priyankar Upadhyaya; Rajiv Nayan; Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya; & Ida Roland Birkvad (2018) India in the World: Emerging Perspectives on Global Challenges, PRIO Project Summary. Oslo: PRIO.