Ragnhild Nordås

Research Director, Conditions of Violence and Peace Department; Senior Researcher & Deputy Editor, Journal of Peace Research

Ragnhild Nordås
Email: ragnhild@prio.org
Mobile phone: +47 930 65 824
Twitter: @ragnhildnordas

Research Interests

  • Religion and violence
  • The climate change-conflict nexus
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • State repression
  • Recruitment and retention in armed groups
  • Demography and conflict

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Dr. Nordås is a recipient of 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. Her work to date has been published in, amongst other, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly and Political Geography.

Main ongoing 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 where an updated version of the dataset is available (November 2016)  here

  
Female Empowerment in Eastern DR Congo (NORGLOBAL)

http://www.prio.org/Projects/Project/?x=1094 

Project investigating how survivors of sexual and gender-based violence can be empowered and reintegrated into society through socioeconomic support programs; and building local research capacity through ICART research center in Bukavu.

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Background

​​​​​​Other information:

Languages spoken:

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

Working experience:

Deputy editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2014-

Associate editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2012-2013

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.

 



Events

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Publications


 



Recent publications

Nordås, Ragnhild; Vegard Skirbekk & Marcin Stonawski (2016) Religious Contention Today and Scenarios for the Future, presented at Population Association of America , Washington DC, 31/03/2016.
Rustad, Siri Aas; Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås (2016) Does Artisanal Mining Increase the Risk of Sexual Violence? Micro-level evidence from Eastern Congo, Quality In Primary Care 24(33).
Rustad, Siri Aas; Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås (2016) Artisanal mining, conflict, and sexual violence in Eastern DRC, The Extractive Industries and Society 3(2): 475–484.

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Rustad, Siri Aas; Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås (2016) Does Artisanal Mining Increase the Risk of Sexual Violence? Micro-level evidence from Eastern Congo, Quality In Primary Care 24(33).
Rustad, Siri Aas; Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås (2016) Artisanal mining, conflict, and sexual violence in Eastern DRC, The Extractive Industries and Society 3(2): 475–484.
Cohen, Dara Kay & Ragnhild Nordås (2015) Do States Delegate Shameful Violence to Militias? Patterns of Sexual Violence in Recent Armed Conflicts, Journal of Conflict Resolution 59(5): 877–898.
Cohen, Dara Kay & Ragnhild Nordås (2014) Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: A new dataset 1989-2009, Journal of Peace Research 51(3): 418–428.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2014) Religious demography and conflict: Lessons from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, International Area Studies Review 17(2): 146–166.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter & Ragnhild Nordås (2014) Conflicting messages? The IPCC on conflict and human security, Political Geography. DOI: DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2014.08.007.
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 (2015) Climate change and conflict, in Hartland, Susanne; & Wolfgang Liebert, eds, Competition and Conflicts on Resource Use. London: Springer (21–38).
Nordås, Ragnhild & Siri Aas Rustad (2015) Assessing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers, in Olsson, Louise; & Theodora-Ismene Gizelis , eds, Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UNSCR 1325. London: Taylor & Francis (138–162).
Nordås, Ragnhild & Lars Morten Bjørkholt (2014) Seksualisert vold i krig of konflikt [Sexualized violence in war and conflict], in Anita Schjølset, ed., Gender I Forsvaret. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag (243–272).
Nordås, Ragnhild & Lars Morten Bjørkholt (2014) Seksuell utnyttelse og overgrep i internasjonale operasjoner [Sexual exploitation and abuse in international operations], in Anita Schjølset, ed., Gender I Forsvaret. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag (273–300).
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, in Monica Duffy Toft, ed., Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics. Oxford: 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).

Popular Article

Stanton, Jessica ; Ragnhild Nordås & Dara Kay Cohen (2015) Governments don’t outsource atrocities to militias. Here’s what really happens., Washington Post - Monkey Cage.
Cohen, Dara Kay; Ragnhild Nordås & Elisabeth J. Wood (2014) Four things everyone should know about wartime sexual violence, Washington Post - Monkey Cage.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2013) AJPS Blog: Guest Post by Ragnhild Nordås, 1.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2012) Spekulasjoner om seksuell vold [Speculations on sexual violence], Dagsavisen.

PRIO Report

Nordås, Ragnhild; & Dara Kay Cohen (2011) Wartime Sexual Violence: Challenges and Opportunities for Data Collection and Analysis, PRIO Report. Oslo: CSCW/PRIO.

Conference Paper

Nordås, Ragnhild; Vegard Skirbekk & Marcin Stonawski (2016) Religious Contention Today and Scenarios for the Future, presented at Population Association of America , Washington DC, 31/03/2016.
Leiby, Michele ; Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås (2015) The legacy of war: Intimate-partner violence in Peru, 1980-2009, presented at APSA, San Fransisco, 3–6 September.
Nordås, Ragnhild & Priyamvada Trivedi (2015) QUEST: Coding Rwandan Narratives Of Sexual Violence, presented at APSA, San Fransisco, 3–6 September.
Rustad, Siri Aas; Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås (2014) Artisanal Mining, Conflict and Sexual Violence: Micro-Level Evidence from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, presented at The 49th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Toronto, 26–29 March .
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 (2015) Civilian Targeting by Militias: The Important Role of States, Conflict Trends, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
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, PRIO 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.

Blog Posts

Suicide Bombing ≠ Religious Fervor

Posted by Ragnhild Nordås on Friday, 8 April 2016

Is it just religious fanatics who blow themselves up as suicide bombers? Bernt Hagtvet, Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo, has been active in the Norwegian media lately, stating that only religion (he focuses mostly on Islam) brings the fervor to commit suicide attacks as part of a political struggle – or “only religious totalitarian movements have capabilities to create a fanaticism strong enough to suicide.” This is not true. Firstly, there is ample evidence showing that a deterministic relationship between suicide missions and having a religious agenda or ideology is wrong. It is right that more ...

Governments Don’t Outsource Atrocities to Militias. Here’s What Really Happens

Posted by Jessica Stanton, Ragnhild Nordås & Dara Kay Cohen on Thursday, 7 January 2016

Refugees are fleeing Syria in such astonishing numbers because armed groups continue to target civilians with violence. That’s what we heard in September when the U.N. Human Rights Council discussed the most recent report of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The commission’s chair, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, made a plea for international action to end the conflict, pointing to gross violations of the laws of war by all the warring parties: indiscriminate bombing of civilian homes, the deliberate torture and murder of civilians, and widespread rape and sexual violence as acts of war. On Nov. 19, the U.N. General Assembly’s ...

The Time Has Come for Dr. Denis Mukwege to Win the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by Gudrun Østby & Ragnhild Nordås on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Last year the Congolese gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several years in a row, frequently hailed among the favorites. Tomorrow the winner of the prize for 2015 will be announced. We think it is high time that the focus is directed towards Mukwege and his co-nominees Mama Jeanne and Mama Jeanette for their outstanding services to survivors of sexual violence, and their efforts to bring those responsible to justice. Dr. Mukwege is part of a global campaign to advocate for and protect ...

Four Things Everyone should know about Wartime Sexual Violence

Posted by Ragnhild Nordås on Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Later this week, ministers from more than 140 countries, along with an estimated 1,500 invited delegates, are gathering in London for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The summit — the largest gathering of its type — is co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the actress Angelina Jolie, in her capacity as the special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Read more in the blogpost at the Monkey Cage – by Dara Kay Cohen, Ragnhild Nordås (PRIO) and Elisabeth Wood, posted 9 June 2014.

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