Jacob Høigilt left PRIO in 2018. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Jacob Høigilt

Research Professor

Email: jachoi@prio.org

Work phone: 22547787

Mobile phone: 41256832

Research Interests

  • Media, politics and society in the Middle East
  • Islamism
  • Language, ideology and culture
  • Youth in the Arab world


See also my profile at ResearchGate and Google Scholar​ for information on and fulltexts of my publications.


Current activities
Two major projects currently take up most of my time. From 2016-2019 I work on the project "Journalism in Struggles for Democracy: Media and Polarization in the Middle East, together with CMI colleague and project leader Kjetil Selvik. By systematically comparing the political function of media across three media channels (TV, electronic news, print) in Tunisia and Egypt, the project investigates how differences between journalistic interpretive communities affect struggles for democracy. 

Second, I take part in the project Aid in Crisis?, led by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik​ at PRIO, which investigates how rights-based approaches (RBA) affect the impact of humanitarian action. My task in this project is to study the Norwegian aid given to Palestine.​

News

Friday, 4 Dec 2020

Next Tuesday December 8th at 14.00 CET (Oslo time) we will have the PRIO Annual Peace Address, this time with young peacebuilders Hajer Sharief and Ilwad Elman.

On this occasion we wanted to highlight projects and research that focus on youth activism. We're sharing our work on young engagement in political change, because social movements that turn into positive societal transformation are not only initiated by people in power, but very often are initiated or inspired by youth trying to improve their communities. Here are some of the projects showing the importance of youth in peacebuilding.

​​​​​​Positions
Research Professor, PRIO (2018)
Senior researcher, PRIO (2013-2018)
Adjunct associate professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo (2015-)
Senior researcher, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2009-2013)
PhD fellow, University of Oslo (2004-2008)

Education
PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2008)
Cand. Philol. in Arabic, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2003)
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