Mathilde Becker Aarseth

Post-doctoral Researcher
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Academic interests

My academic interests circle around political violence in various forms, with a focus on the Middle East. My PhD was a qualitative study of ISIS governance in Mosul, Iraq. The book based on my findings will be published by I.B.Tauris in 2021:

My research interests also include climate change adaptation and environmental policy. My current research project Oil in Transition is a study of political discourse on climate change and the "green shift" in Norway, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.


I have previously worked as a foreign news and feature journalist for major Norwegian newspapers for many years. I defended my PhD thesis in August 2019 at IKOS, University of Oslo. I hold an MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, with a thesis on the military-strategic discourse in Israeli media. I hold a BA in Middle East studies from IKOS focusing on political science and Arabic, including a year at the International Language Institute in Cairo and a semester at the University of Damascus. I also hold a BA in Journalism from Høgskolen i Bodø. 

I am currently Subject Editor for Iraq in the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia. I have taught in the courses MØNA1000 and MES4500 and held lectures for a range of public and private institutions. 




Tags: Midtøsten, Arabisk, Irak, SIMS, islam and politics, Climate Change, Oil Politics in the Gulf Region
Published Feb. 5, 2021 1:56 PM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2021 3:09 PM