Jacob Aasland Ravndal

Image of Jacob Aasland Ravndal
Norwegian version of this page
Phone +47-22855167
Mobile phone 99615149
Postal address P.O. Box 1097 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Terrorism and political violence
  • Right-wing militancy
  • Left-wing militancy
  • Armed conflict
  • International security
  • Intelligence
  • Set theory and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)


I have a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo from 2017 and an M.Phil. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo from 2009. Between 2009 and 2012, I was Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), working on topics such as counterinsurgency operations, the use of intelligence in international peace operations, protection of civilians, security in the High North, and international cybersecurity. Between 2012 and 2016, I was a PhD candidate with FFI's Terrorism Research Group (Terra). My PhD thesis is on right-wing terrorism and violence in Western Europe.

My current research is on ontology and methodology in terrorism research, the evolution of right-wing terrorism in Western democracies, the relationship between left- and right-wing militancy, and set-theoretic methods in the social sciences. I lead the continuous development and expansion of the Right-Wing Terrorism and Violence (RTV) dataset. I am also interested in the use of intelligence to counter terrorism and political violence, as well as in international peace operations.


STV4510 - Terrorism and Political Violence in Western Democracies


Right-Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe (RTV)


Tags: Terrorism, Political Violence, Extremism, Armed Conflict, International Security, Intelligence


Dalgaard-Nielsen, Anja, Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Helge Renå, Jakob Ilum, Morten Løw hansen, Jørn Rye Eriksen and Bushra Ishaq (2020).  Evaluering av politiets og PSTs håndtering av terror­hendelsen i Bærum 10. august 2019. Raport fra Evalueringsutvalget, 29. juni 2020. URL: https://www.politiet.no/globalassets/04-aktuelt-tall-og-fakta/al-noor---terrorhandlingen/evaluering_terrorhendelsen_i_baerum_01072020_original_digital.pdf 

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland; Sofia Lygren; Anders Ravik Jupskås & Tore Bjørgo (2020). RTV Trend Report 2020: Right Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe, 1990 - 2019, C-REX Research Report No. 1/2020.

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2019). Transnational Militancy in the Making: A Primer on the Nordic Resistance Movement and Generation Identity. C-REX Working Paper Series, No. 1/2019. URL: https://www.sv.uio.no/c-rex/english/publications/c-rex-working-paper-series/transnational-militancy-in-the-making.pdf

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland; Sofia Lygren; Lars Wibe Hagen& Anders Ravik Jupskås (2019). RTV Trend Report 2019: Right Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe, 1990 - 2018, C-REX Research Report 1/2019.

Bjørgo, Tore and Jacob Aasland Ravndal (2019). Extreme-Right Violence and Terrorism: Concepts, Patterns,and Responses. ICCT Policy Briefs. doi: 10.19165/2019.1.08

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland and Tore Bjørgo (2018). Investigating Terrorism from the Extreme Right: A Review of Past and Present Research. Perspectives on Terrorism, 7(6): 5-22. URL: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/binaries/content/assets/customsites/perspectives-on-terrorism/2018/issue-6/a1-ravndal-and-bjorgo.pdf

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2018). Right-Wing Terrorism and Militancy in the Nordic Countries: A Comparative Case Study. Terrorism and Political Violence, 30(5): 772–792. doi: 10.1080/09546553.2018.1445888

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2017). Explaining right-wing terrorism and violence in Western Europe: Grievances, opportunities and polarisation. European Journal of Political Research, 57(4): 845–866. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12254

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2017). Right-Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis. Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. Ph.d. thesis.

De Coning, Cedric, Stian Kjeksrud, Jakob Aasland Ravndal, Andreas Øien Stensland og Walter Lotze (2016). Protecting civilians: comparing organisational approaches. Chapter 4 in Heidi Willmot; Ralph Mamiya; Scott Sheeran & Marc Weller (eds.), Protection of Civilians. Oxford University Press.

Ravndal, Jakob Aasland (2016). Right-Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe: Introducing the RTV Dataset. Perspectives on Terrorism 10(3): 2-15.

Ravndal, Jakob Aasland (2015). Thugs or Terrorists? A Typology of Right-Wing Terrorism in Western Europe. Journal for Deradicalization 1(3): 1-38.

Ravndal, Jakob Aasland (2013). Anders Behring Breivik’s use of the Internet and social media. Journal EXIT-Deutschland: Zeitschrift für Deradikalisierung und Demokratische Kultur 2: 172-185.

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2012). A Post-Trial Profile of Anders Behring Breivik. CTC sentinel 5(10): 16-20.

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2012). A Pre-Trial Profile of Anders Behring Breivik. CTC sentinel 5(3): 6-10.

Kjeksrud, Stian & Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2012). Emerging Lessons from MONUC. Chapter 5 in Benjamin de Carvalho & Ole Jacob Sending (eds.). The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.

Kjeksrud, Stian and Jacob Aasland Ravndal (2011). Emerging lessons from the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo: military contributions to the protection of civilians. African Security Review 20(2): 3-16.

Norheim-Martinsen, Per Martin and Jacob Aasland Ravndal (2011). Towards Intelligence-Driven Peace Operations? The Evolution of UN and EU Intelligence Structures. International Peacekeeping 18(4): 454-467.

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland and Stian Kjeksrud (2011). Hvordan kan militære beskytte sivile?. Norsk Militært Tidsskrift 181(2): 18-24.

Ravndal, Jacob Aasland (2010). Etterretning i FN: Hvordan det umulige ble mulig. Chapter 5 in Tore Nyhamar (ed.). Utfordringer og strategi i freds- og stabiliseringsoperasjoner. Oslo: Abstrakt forlag.

View all works in Cristin

View all works in Cristin

Published Sep. 18, 2017 11:21 AM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2020 10:03 AM