Tor Bukkvoll

Senior Research Fellow

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)


Phone: +47 48 12 72 86


Dr. Tor Bukkvoll is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. He has studied political developments in Russia and Ukraine since the mid-1990s, especially in the areas of defence and security. He speaks Russian and Ukrainian, and obtained his PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Bukkvoll was a visiting research fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey autumn 2019 to autumn 2020 and at the Changing Character of War program at the University of Oxford in 2008. 


Russia, Ukraine, security politics, defence policies, defence industry.


  • Bukkvoll, Tor. “Political and Military Utility of Nato for Ukraine”, in (ed.) Håkan Edström, Janne Haaland Matlary and Magnus Petersson, NATO: The Power of Partnership, (2011): 83-111, Palgrave McMillan.
  • Bukkvoll, Tor. “Fighting on behalf of the state – the issue of pro-government militia autonomy in the Donbas war”, Post-Soviet Affairs 35, no.4 (2019): 293-307.
  • Bukkvoll, Tor and Solovian, Volodymyr. “The threat of war and domestic restraints to defence reform – how fear of major military conflict changed and did not change the Ukrainian military 2014-2019”, Defence Studies 20, no. 1 (2019): 21-38.