Lecture: Professor Helge Pharo

The Politics of the Nobel Peace Prize

Professor Helge Pharo
Professor of International History, University of Oslo

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Professors Pharo (left) and Bischof

Professors Pharo (left) and Bischof

Professor Helge Pharo

Helge Pharo’s current research deals with Norwegian Development Aid 1952-2002; Norway, the United States and the Marshall Plan, 1946-1954, as well as Norway and European Integration. He is also directing a project on ‘The Norwegian Peace Tradition’. Pharo has received the Fridtjof Nansen prize for excellence in research, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters of which he is also a member.

He is foreign member of Kongelige Danske Selskab for Fædrelandets Historie. He was chair of the Board of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo for five years and has served as an advisor to the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1979. He was Acting Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in 1989. He is currently on the board of the Centre for Defence Studies, Oslo, and has served as an academic advisor for the Sasakawa Foundation.

He is currently on the editorial board of the journal Contemporary European History, and was Norwegian editor (1984–90) and chief editor (1990–96) of the Scandinavian Journal of History. Pharo has been a visiting fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, invited guest researcher at the London School of Economics, visiting professor at the European University Institute in Florence and Aarhus University in Denmark. In 2006 he was a visiting fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University.