Torunn L. Tryggestad

Senior Researcher. Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security

Torunn L. Tryggestad
Email: torunn@prio.org
Work phone: + 47 22 54 77 40
Mobile phone: +47 97 65 14 68

Research Interests

  • 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.

Background

​Language​​​ Skills

Norwegian (mo​ther tongue), , English (fluent), German (basic).

Understand and communica​te well in Scandinavian languages (Danish and Swedish). ​

Work Exper​ience 

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 an​​d 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.

Committee M​embership 

2010-2013: Member of the Foreign Ministry Advisory Committee on Security Policy (Sikkerhetspolitisk utvalg)​

Network​ing Activities 

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. 

Educati​​​on 

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.

Events

PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.

Publications

 

Recent publications

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2016) The gender(ed) impact of the Peacebuilding Architecture, in de Coning, Cedric; & Eli Stamnes, eds, UN Peacebuilding Architecture. the First 10 Years. London and New York: Routledge (97–108).

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2014) State Feminism Going Global: Norway on the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, Cooperation and Conflict 49(4): 464–482.
Skjelsbæk, Inger & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2011) Kvinner i det norske forsvaret: Likestilling eller operasjonelt imperativ? [Women in the Norwegian Armed Forces: Gender Equality or Operational Imperative?], Sosiologi I Dag 41(1): 53–75.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2010) The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Gender: A Case of Norm Reinforcement, International Peacekeeping 17(2): 159–171.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2009) Trick or Treat? The UN and Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Global Governance 15(4): 539–557.
Skjelsbæk, Inger & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2009) Women in the Norwegian Armed Forces. Gender Equality or Operational Imperative?, Minerva Journal of Women and War 3(2): 34–51.

PhD Thesis

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2014) International Norms and Political Change: 'Women, Peace and Security' and the UN Security Agenda. PhD thesis, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Book Chapter

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2016) The gender(ed) impact of the Peacebuilding Architecture, in de Coning, Cedric; & Eli Stamnes, eds, UN Peacebuilding Architecture. the First 10 Years. London and New York: Routledge (97–108).
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2014) FNs sikkerhetsrådsresolusjon 1325 om kvinner, fred og sikkerhet, in Gender I Forsvaret. Fra Teorit Til Praksis. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag (95–124).

Edited Volume

Skjelsbæk, Inger; Hege Skjeie; & Torunn L. Tryggestad, eds, (2008) Kjønn, Krig og Konflikt [Gender, War, Conflict]. Oslo, Norway: PAX.
Tryggestad, Torunn L.; & Kari Karamé, eds, (2000) Gender Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Studies. Oslo.

Popular Article

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2011) Ingen fred utan kvinner [No Peace Without Women], Nye Meninger, 19 Jan.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2009) FNs leder har betydning [Who Heads the UN makes a Difference], Dagsavisen, 25 Sep.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2008) Ahtisaari var en pionér for kvinnene [Ahtisaari was a Pioneer for the Women], Dagsavisen, 10 Dec.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2007) Likestilt til å delta [Equal Right of Participation], Dagbladet, 19 Aug.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2007) FN, fred og tryggleik: Finst det ein plass for kvinner? [The UN, Peace and Security: Is there Room for Women?], FN-Magasinet.
Hernes, Helga; Inger Skjelsbæk & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2006) Fred og fattigdom [Peace and Poverty], Dagbladet, 10 Dec.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2006) Tiden neppe inne for en kvinne [Time is Hardly Ripe for a Woman], Dagsavisen, 16 Jul.

PRIO Policy Brief

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2016) The Women, Peace and Security Agenda – 15 Years On, GPS Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2010) The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Women: What Role for Norway?, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.
Chun, Suk & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2010) Ten Years of Women, Peace and Security: Observing the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.

Newsletter

Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine; Torunn L. Tryggestad & Julie Marie Hansen (2015) Somali Women’s Civic Engagement: Past, Present and Future, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2015: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine; Torunn L. Tryggestad & Julie Marie Hansen (2015) Women’s Legal Mobilisation in a Violent Context: Lessons from internally displaced women’s organisations in Colombia, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2015: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2014) Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2014: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2014) The Role and Relevance of Gender in Peace Mediation, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2014: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2014) First Woman Appointed as UN Force Commander, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2014: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2014) Symposium on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Afghanistan, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2014: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) New Project at PRIO on National Action Plans, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) The Missing Peace Symposium 2013, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) Launch of New Initiative: Gender and Mediation Seminar, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) Women, Power and Politics: The Road to Sustainable Democracy, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L.; Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen & Halvor Berggrav (2012) The Political Psychology of War Rape, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2012) Engaging Men for Women's Empowerment, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2012) Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2012) Claims About Global Decline in Sexual Violence Spark Debate, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Halvor Berggrav (2011) Nobel Days in Oslo, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2011: PRIO.
Wallacher, Hilde & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2011) UN Special Rapporteur Margot Wallström Visits PRIO, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2011: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Hilde Wallacher (2011) New Strategic Plan on Women, Peace and Security launched by Norwegian MFA, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2011: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'Women's Inclusion Has Become a Global Security Imperative', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'Does Affirmative Action Make a Change?', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'Women Count for Peace', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) Men Must Get Involved in Fighting Violence Against Women, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'We Want Strong Links to Civil Society', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) Mythbusting: Are Women the Main Victims of Armed Conflict?, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.

Book Review

Tryggestad, Torunn L.(2008) Review of The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations 512–516.

Blog Posts

The Women, Peace and Security Agenda - 15 Years On

Posted by Torunn L. Tryggestad on Monday, 15 February 2016

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 ...

The Next UN Secretary-General: Everything Points Towards a Woman

Posted by Torunn L. Tryggestad on Friday, 25 September 2015

The High Level week of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly opened this week. Important issues will be debated and decisions made, which in turn will establish guidelines for the UN’s image and operations in the coming years. Next year’s election of a new Secretary-General is lurking in the background. After eight male secretaries general, pressure is mounting for the election of a woman. And this time everything is in place for the next secretary general to be a woman. There are four main factors that suggest such an outcome: a need for renewal; changes in attitudes; women’s ...

Peace Processes Need Women

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken & Torunn L. Tryggestad on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

International peace processes are dominated by men and men’s perspectives. In general the approaches used have changed little in many decades. The focus is invariably on bringing the conflicting parties to the negotiating table, where their claims to power and strategic positions are renegotiated and defined. Amnesties for brutal attacks on civilian populations have been the rule rather than the exception, conveying a message that the route to power is through the actual or threatened use of armed force. People who distance themselves from the use of violence and endeavour to find alternative approaches to conflict resolution are seldom invited ...

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