- Gender and inclusive mediation processes.
- The UN and the gendered dimensions of conflict resolution, conflict management and peacebuilding.
- UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and implementation policies at the global, regional and national levels.
- The emergence and diffusion of norms, with special emphasis on the normative framework of 'women, peace and security'.
- The inter-play between transnational networks of civil society organizations, the UN system and UN member states in policy development.
- Women in armed forces.
Norwegian (mother tongue), , English (fluent), German (basic).
Understand and communicate well in Scandinavian languages (Danish and Swedish).
2015- : Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO.
2014- : Senior Researcher, PRIO.
2006-2015: Researcher and Project Manager, The Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding Project, PRIO
2005-2009: Associated researcher, Liberal Peace and the Ethics of War Project, PRIO.
December 2004 - April 2005: Acting director of the Department for International Politics, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).
January 2004-2005: Researcher and co-ordinator of the UN programme on Peacekeeping and Multinational Operations, NUPI.
February-December 2003: Adviser, UN Section, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1995-2003: Co-ordinator and later director of The Training for Peace in Southern Africa Project, NUPI.
February-May 1995: Research Assistant at the UN Programme, NUPI.
1994-1995: Student scholarship, UN Programme on Peacekeeping and Multinational Operations, NUPI.
Board and Expert Group Membership
2015-2016: Member of the UN Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group
2015- : Member of the board, the United Nations Association of Norway
2014: Member of the independent committee for the Student Peace Prize 2015, a prize which is awarded by Norwegian students biannually, as part of the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT).
2013- : Member of the Union Board at PRIO (Forskerforbundet)
2003- : Member of the advisory board of the United Nations Association of Norway, Section East.
2010-2013: Member of the Foreign Ministry Advisory Committee on Security Policy (Sikkerhetspolitisk utvalg)
2009: Co-founder of the Women and Security (WaS) Network – a network comprising of women from academia, public sector (ministries such as Foreign Affairs and Defence), NGOs and public information professionals working with/on defence, security and foreign policy issues.
2009- : Initiated and coordinates the Research Network on Gender, Peace and Security, comprising of approximately 50 researchers from various research institutions in Norway. Meets twice a year to discuss ongoing and new research projects/ideas, exchange information and accommodate research collaboration.
2014: Dr. Polit. Degree in Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.
1995: Master's Degree in Political Science (cand. polit.), University of Oslo.
1992: Bachelor Degree (in political science, social anthropology and examen philosophy), University of Oslo.
1989-1990: One year course in development studies, Agder Regional College, Kristiansand.
1988-1990: One year course in political science, Molder Regional College.
The Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. In the context of the UN and global governance, 2015 was truly ‘a year of reviews’. The Global Study on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) was one of three major peace and security reviews completed last year, the other two being the reviews on UN peace operations and UN peacebuilding architecture. This policy brief summarizes some of the main findings and recommendations of the Global Study, and points to some key areas of concern regarding the next phase ...
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