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Ragnhild Nordås
Ragnhild Nordås
Senior Researcher & Associate Editor, Journal of Peace Research
Email: ragnhild@prio.no
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Ragnhild Nordås is a Senior Researcher the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Primary research interest is include political violence, sexual violence, state repression, demography, the climate change-conflict nexus, how civilian populations affect and are affected by political violence, and the effects of religion and identity politics on conflict processes. Her work to date has been published in, amongst other, American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly and Political Geography.

Dr. Nordås is a recipient of an M.A. student fellowship from PRIO, PhD funding from the Centre for the Study of Civil war (CSCW), a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, and has been a visiting fellow at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame 2010-2011.She has received research grants from the Research Council of Norway, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden; National Science Foundation, US; and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.


Current research foci:

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC)

The SVAC research project responds to the gravity of the problem of sexual violence and the critical need for more systematic information by creating a comprehensive Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) dataset covering the twenty-year period 1989–2009 as well as targeted case studies. We will use this data to analyze patterns of sexual violence in and across conflicts and conflict actors, including in the immediate aftermath of war. By disseminating our data and findings, we seek to advance the research on conflict processes, raise awareness of the problem of sexual violence in armed conflicts, and facilitate evidence-based preventive strategies.

For more information on the global SVAC database see: www.sexualviolencedata.org

  

Inside Insurgencies: Motives and Organization of Rebel Groups, PI

Post Doc project funded by the Norwegian Research council.

This project focuses on how internal characteristics of rebel groups affect how they behave in terms of recruitment practices, behaviors on the battlefield, as well as how conflicts end as a function of rebel characteristics.


Civilian Dimensions of Peace and Conflict - CIVICON, PI (with Scott Gates)

We are seeking to develop a long-term research agenda on the role of civilians and civil society actors in conflict and post-conflict contexts through strategic partnerships with researchers in various fields and from various research communities. One central concern is the lack of focus on civilians in systematic studies of conflict processes and peacebuilding - despite the critical role that civilian populations play and the frequent emphasis on this in policy circles. How are civilians and civil society affected by conflict and peacebuildling initiatives, and what factors explain variations in this across contexts? In particular, how does conflict and peace initiatives affect women's status?
How can civil society based peacebuilding be strengthened? What works?

Researchers at PRIO involved in the initiation of this project are: Ragnhild Nordås, Scott Gates, Gudrun Østby, Torunn Tryggestad, and Helga Malmin Binningsbø.

 

 

 





​Other information:

Languages spoken:

Norwegian (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (some)

Working experience:

Associate editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2012-

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2011

Senior Researcher, PRIO 2010-

Research Fellow, Harvard University, 2008-2010

Book Note Editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2006-2008

Research Assistant, CSCW Environmental Factors in Civil War 2004-2005

Education:

Dr. Polit. (PhD) in political science, Norwegian University of Science and Techology, NTNU. 2010

Cand.Polit. (Master's degree) in political science, NTNU. Spring 2004.

 



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​New Publication!
Nordås, Ragnhild & Christian Davenport 2013. Fight the Youth: Youth Bulges and State Repression. American Journal of Political Science. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajps.12025/abstract




Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Nordås, Ragnhild; & Siri Aas Rustad (2013) Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers: Understanding Variation, International Interactions 39(4): 511–534.
Østby, Gudrun; Håvard Strand; Nils Petter Gleditsch; & Ragnhild Nordås (2013) Gender Gap or Gender Bias in Peace Research? Publication Patterns for Journal of Peace Research 1983–2008, International Studies Perspectives 14(4): 493–506.
Nordås, Ragnhild; & Christian Davenport (2013) Fight the Youth: Youth Bulges and State Repression, American Journal of Political Science 57(4): 926–940.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter; & Nordås, Ragnhild (2009) Climate Change and Conflict: A Critical Overview , Die Friedens-Warte 84(2): 11–28.
Achvarina, Vera;Nordås, Ragnhild;Østby, Gudrun; & Rustad, Siri Aas (2009) Armut und die Rekrutierung von Kindersoldaten: Neue Evidenz aus einer disaggregierten Analyse der afrikanischen Regionen [Poverty and Child Soldier Recruitment: A Disaggregated Study of African Regions] , Politische Vierteljahresschrift Sonderhefte 43386–413.
Østby, Gudrun; Ragnhild Nordås; & Jan Ketil Rød (2009) Regional Inequalities and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, International Studies Quarterly 53(2): 301–324.
Nordås, Ragnhild; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter (2007)Climate Change and Conflict , Political Geography 26(6): 627–638.
de Soysa, Indra; & Nordås, Ragnhild (2007)Islam's Bloody Innards? Religion and Political Terror, 1980-2000 , International Studies Quarterly 51(4): 927–943.

Book Chapter

Nordås, Ragnhild & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2013) The IPCC, Human Security, and the Climate-conflict Nexus, in Redclift, Michael; & Marco Grasso, eds, Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing (67–88).
Nordås, Ragnhild(2012) The Devil in the Demography? Religion, Identity, and War in Cote d'Ivoire Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics. : Oxford University Press(252–267).
Nordås, Ragnhild(2011) The Devil in the Demography? Religion, Identity, and War in Cote d'Ivoire Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics. : Paradigm(252–267).

Conference Paper

Nordås, Ragnhild; & Dara Kay Cohen (2013) Recruitment Practices and Violence by Militias in Recent Armed Conflicts, presented at American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 29/08/13 – 01/09/13.
Cohen, Dara Kay; & Ragnhild Nordås (2013) Sexual Violence by Armed Actors: Who Perpetrates, When and How? Patterns from the new SVAC Dataset, 1989-2009, presented at American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 29/08/13 – 01/09/13.
Cohen, Dara Kay; & Ragnhild Nordås (2013) Why Do Militias Attack Civilians? Violence by Militias in Recent Armed Conflicts, presented at International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2013, San Francisco, 03/04/13 – 06/04/13.
Cohen, Dara Kay; & Ragnhild Nordås (2013) Why Do Militias Attack Civilians? Sexual Violence by African Militias in Recent Armed Conflicts, presented at The Gender Dimensions of Armed Violence, Geneva, 25/02/13.
Nordås, Ragnhild; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter 2009IPCC and the Climate-Conflict Nexus , presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association15 February.
Nordås, Ragnhild 2008 Gunning for God? Religion and Conflict Severity, presented at Peace Science Society (International) 2008 North American Meeting, , 24–25 October.
Nordås, Ragnhild 2008 Identity Politics and State Building in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana: Lessons for Quantitative Civil War Studies, presented at Nasjonal Fagkonferanse i Statsvitenskap, , 28–30 April.
Nordås, Ragnhild 2008 Identity Polarization and Conflict: State Building in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, presented at 49th International Studies Association Convention, , 26–29 March.
Achvarina, Vera;Nordås, Ragnhild;Østby, Gudrun; & Rustad, Siri Aas 2008 Regional Welfare and Child Soldier Recruitment : A Disaggregated Study of African Regions, presented at Authors' Conference, PVS-Special Issue 2009, , 22–23 February.
Nordås, Ragnhild; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter 2005Climate Change and Conflict: Common Sense or Nonsense 8–10 September.
Nordås, Ragnhild; & Gleditsch, Nils Petter 2005Climate Change and Conflict: Common Sense or Nonsense? 22–23 June.
Nordås, Ragnhild 2005 The Future of Religious Values – Impacts of Globalization and Intrastate Factors, presented at The Third European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) conference, , 8–10 September.

PRIO Policy Brief

Nordås, Ragnhild (2013) Preventing Conflict-related Sexual Violence, PRIO Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Cohen, Dara Kay & Ragnhild Nordås (2012) Sexual Violence by Militias in African Conflicts: Not a question of ‘delegation’ by states, CSCW Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: CSCW.
Cohen, Dara Kay & Ragnhild Nordås (2012) Sexual Violence in African Conflicts, 1989–2009: What the data show, CSCW Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: CSCW.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2012) Sexual Violence on the Decline? Recent debates and evidence suggest ‘unlikely’, CSCW Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: CSCW.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2011) Sexual Violence in African Conflicts, CSCW Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Salehyan, Idean; Ragnhild Nordås; & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2007) Climate Change and Conflict: The Migration Link, Coping with Crisis Working Paper Series. New York: International Peace Academy.