Kaja Borchgrevink’s main research focus is on religion, civil society and development. She recently was engaged in doctoral research investigating the relationship between private Islamic charity and poverty reduction practices in the context of Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora in Oslo, Norway.
She has previously completed a number of studies of religious education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the transnational connections between religious seminaries (madrasas) in the two countries. Earlier research includes studies of the relationship between civil society and peace building in Afghanistan, under and after the Taliban and the role and significance of religious groups and networks in Afghanistan after 2001.
Kaja Borchgrevink has a background from Development Studies and practical development work in South Asia.