Senior Researcher & Associate Editor, Journal of Peace Research
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.
Norwegian (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (some)
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
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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