Arild Schou


Institutt for industriell økonomi, strategi og statsvitenskap
Campus Drammen (5411)
Arild Schou, defended his PhD in political science in 1996 From 1996 to 2014 he worked as a senior researcher at NIBR From 2000-2002 he was Underdirector for interenational studies at NIBR A variety of positions and assignments since 1996 have resulted in a broad and in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge of conflict-management, ethnicity, governance and organisation and management - with particular emphasis on local government. Have been in charge of a series of research and development projects on local government planning, implementation of national reform intiativ have published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals. Substantial knowledge and experience in policy evaluation and performance appraisal as leader/member of international evaluation mission teams and have been working for the World Bank and OECD. Professor Schou is a well experienced project leader, several times for NFR projects. Recently he has been heading a research evaluation of the Norwegian Coordination Reform funded by NFR - focusing on implenmentation on municipal level.


Public Adminstration and Politics

Executive Master of Managment

Executive Master of Mangement,


Area of interests:

Public Adminstration and govenance  - at municipal level.

Power sharing in deeply ethnic devided societie

Subject areas: Political Science, Sociology





PUBLICATIONS (the last 12 years)

a) Public Administration - and decentralised governance

with Marit K. Helgesen, Dawit S. Abebe. 2017. Oppmerksomhet mot barn og unge i folkehelsearbeidet. Nullpunktsundersøkelse før program for folkehelse settes i verk. Samarbeidsrapport NIBR /NOVA

with Brit Lynnebakke. 2017. Folkehelse- og integreringspolitikkens bidrag til å fremme sosial deltagelse og livskvalitet. En analyse av koplingspunkter mellom politikkområdene med eksempler NIBR-rapport 2017: 5

with Hege Hofstad. 2017. Har samhandlingsreformen ført til mer fokus på folkehelse i kommunene? Tidsskrift for velferdsforsking, no1.2017

Integrasjon i Drammensregionen. 2016. Bakgrunnsdokument til brainstormingsworkshop for å generere og forankre forskningsideer. Rapport fra forprosjekt finansiert av Oslofjordfondet.

with Elisabeth Fosse. 2016 ’Can the state provide equity for all? The case of Norway’. In Dennis Rafael (eds.). Immigration in Modern Nations. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press (December)

with Tor Iversen, Henning Øien, Marit K. Helgesen. 2016. Fallforebygging i Samhandlingsreformen. ) Tidsskrift for omsorgsforsking, 3.2016

with Tor Iversen, Henning Øien. 2016. Fastlegene i Samhandlingsreformen

Tidsskrift for omsorgsforsking, 2, 2016

with Marthe Inseth. 2015. EU-programmer: deltagelse og nytte for kommunesektoren. NIBR-rapport 2015:19

with, Hege Hofstad, Stian Lid, Trond Vedeld. 2015. Lokal oversikt over folkehelsen – muligheter og utfordringer, NIBR-rapport 2015:1

with Marit K. Helgesen and Hege Hofstad. 2014. Samhandlings reformens effekt på kommunen som helsefremmende og sykdomsforebyggende aktør: NIBR-rapport 2014: 21

Governing the geographies of the NGO sector: analysing coverage challenges in the HIV/AIDS campaign in Malawi.2012. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2012

The design of decentralised demand-driven programmes and equity: learning from implementation in Malawi councils. 2010. Journal of International Studies, Vol 3, No., 2010

Who benefits from demand-driven distribution of HIV/AIDS services? 2010 An analysis of the emerging CBO sector in Malawi. Public Administration and Development. Vol. 29, No, 2.

with Hilde Lorentzen. 2009. En analyse av Innbyggerakademiet i Øvre Eiker kommune. 2009 NIBR-notat 2009:105 Norsk institutt for by- og regionforskning

(Consultant). Decentralization Client Countries and Intergovernmental Arrangements. An Evaluation of World Bank Support 1990-2007.2008. IEG Evaluation. The World Bank Washington DC 2008

Demand-driven Poverty Programmes and Elite Capture in Malawi: Between Prebendalism and Benevolence. 2007. European Journal of Development Research. Volume 19, No. 4, December 2007.

Poverty Reduction During Democratic Transition: The Malawi Social Action Fund 1996-2001.An Independent Review by Centre for Social Research (Malawi) Institute of Development Studies (UK) and NIBR (Norway), IDS Research Report, 56, 2005

b) Ethno-nationalist conflicts

Post-Local Autonomy Settlement and Local Minorities: A Comparative Analysis of Minority Accommodation in Aceh, Kosovo, and Sudan, Questions in Politics, GSA- proceedings. Vol. 11. 2014

Conflict resolution attempts in self-determination disputes; the significance of local minority group’s concerns. Comparing lessons from the disputed Philippine Mindanao and the Sri Lankan North Eastern Province, 2014. Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol 37. No 2.2014

with Mikkel Berg. Who are indigenous – and how should it matter? Reactions to indigenous rights discourse in Norway and Nepal, Ethnopolitics Papers, November 2011, No.13.

(Quality assurer) The Muslim Brotherhood in the Wider Horn of Africa Author: Stig Jarle Hansen and Atle Mesøy, NIBR Report: 2009:33

with Marit Haug . Decentralisation in Conflict and Post-conflict situations, NIBR, Working Paper 2005:139


c) Conference papers/ poster presentations

Responding to urban health inequalities in Norway; between universal and targeted measures. 2016. Poster presentation. EUPHA’s 6th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health, Oslo 23-25 June. 2016

with Hege Hofstad. 2015. Governing local healthy public policies: from knowledge of health to action? Meta governance tools and garbage can logics in Norway and Sweden. Paper presented at the conference ‘Transforming cities, transformative cities’, European Urban Research Association Workshop. Sibui, Romania, 17-20 September 2015

with Marit K. Helgesen. 2012. Governing of the coordination reform in Norway through hierarchy, market and network-mechanisms; some early phase lessons from three different sized municipalities. Paper presented at the NEON-conference at Sogn og Fjordane University College, 21. November 2012

The experience of democratic multi-ethnic federalism and its relevance for the Nepali constitutional process.2009. Paper presented at ICCAS conference International Convention of Asia Scholars 6. In Daejeon South Korea 4-10 August 2009

Governing the geographies of HIV/AIDS NGOs. 2009. Lessons from Malawi. Poster presentation European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Verona, Italia, 6-10 September 2009

Who benefits from decentralised demand-driven HIV/AIDS programmes? Lessons from the emerging CBO- sector in Malawi. 2007. Paper presented at the Global Forum for Health Research in Beijing, 29