Lynn P. Nygaard

Special Adviser on Project Development and Publications

Lynn P. Nygaard
Work phone: 22 54 77 30
Mobile phone: 93 25 34 81
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Research Interests

​I focus on various aspects of academic writing in research-producing settings. I adopt an academic literacies perspective, which sees academic writing as a situated social practice. This critical perspective draws attention to how writing practices differ between various groups of academics – based on their discipline, methodological orientation, institutional setting, staff category, and so on. Specific topics include 
  • Research productivity
  • Bibliometrics
  • The "leaky pipeline"
  • Gender gaps in productivity
  • Writing in a second language
  • Teaching academic writing in a North-South context


Since the 1990s, I have provided writing support and coaching for researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. As a native English speaker with an interest in writing, I began as a freelance copyeditor and translator for Norwegian academics looking to publish their work in international journals. Working more closely with researchers, however, shifted my focus away from language and more towards developing awareness of audience, honing the core argument, and structuring the story. I currently provide writing support through workshops, seminars, retreats, and one-on-one coaching, both at PRIO and other institutes and universities. In 2008, I became a special advisor on publications and project development at PRIO. In 2016, I joined the Leader Team to focus on professional development more broadly.


  • Academic writing: I provide workshops and seminars in academic writing at both the Master and PhD level, as well as for faculty. I offer short lectures, half-day or full-day seminars, two-day workshops, and three-day workshops. I also offer more specialized workshops (e.g., "Writing the introduction to your article-based thesis" or "Quality assurance for reports") on request.
  • Presentation skills:  My course in presentation skills targets PhD students who need help presenting academic work in a scholarly context (especially conferences).

Educational background

  • Doctor in Education (EdD) (2019): University College London, Institute of Education
  • Cand. Polit. (2000): Graduate degree in political science, University of Oslo
  • Bachelor's degree (1987): Women's studies, Highest Honors, University of California at Berkeley           

Work experience

  • (2008-present) Special Advisor on Project Development and Publications, PRIO
  • (2000-2009) Editorial Advisor, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO)
  • Freelance copyeditor and translator specializing in academic articles since about 1990


  • Reference group, Akademisk skrivesenter [Academic Writing Center], University of Oslo (2016-)
  • Editorial board, Educate Journal, based at the Institute of Education, UCL, (2015-)
  • National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences (NESH) 2009-2013.
  • Diploma in Translation (Norwegian to English) from the Institute of Linguists (1993).



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Recent Publications

Nygaard, Lynn P. & Kristin Solli (2020) Strategies for Writing a Thesis by Publication in the Social Sciences and Humanities. London: Routledge. Insider Guides to Success in Academia.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Nygaard, Lynn P. & Karim Bahgat (2018) What's in a number? How (and why) measuring research productivity in different ways changes the gender gap, Journal of English for Academic Purposes. DOI: 10.1016/ j.jeap.2018.03.009.
Nygaard, Lynn P. (2017) Publishing and perishing: an academic literacies framework for investigating research productivity, Studies in Higher Education 42(3): 519–532.

PhD Thesis

Nygaard, Lynn P. (2019) Ready or Not: Negotiating Gender and Institutional Environment on the Path to Professorship. PhD thesis, Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK.


Nygaard, Lynn P. & Kristin Solli (2020) Strategies for Writing a Thesis by Publication in the Social Sciences and Humanities. London: Routledge. Insider Guides to Success in Academia.
Nygaard, Lynn P. (2017) Writing Your Master's Thesis - From A to Zen. London: SAGE.

Book Chapter

Nygaard, Lynn P. & Rocco Bellanova (2018) Lost in Quantification: Scholars and the Politics of Bibliometrics, in Curry, Mary Jane; & Theresa Lillis, eds, Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Perspectives and Pedagogies. Bristol: Multilingual Matters (23–36).

Blog Posts

Turned Away at the Gate: How Peer Review Can Reinforce Social Inequalities

Posted by Lynn P. Nygaard on Thursday, 24 September 2020

In today’s instalment of PRIO’s blog series marking Peer Review Week 2020, Lynn P. Nygaard discusses ways in which peer review in its current form can reinforce existing inequities in the research system, and points to a need for more training in and reflection on the role of the reviewer ... Read more »

Black Scholars Matter: Power and Prejudice in Academia

Posted by Lynn P. Nygaard on Friday, 3 July 2020

With summer holidays around the corner, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a vacation so much. I’m exhausted after months of alternating between being terrified I would die from a mysterious bat virus, frustrated with having to learn how to suddenly adapt to a virtual work life, and ... Read more »

Open for Whom?

Posted by Lynn P. Nygaard on Thursday, 24 October 2019

The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week is equity in open knowledge. This is an issue that’s of particularly importance for PRIO as a peace research institute. Today, we continue our blog series on open access and open science at PRIO with a blog by Lynn P. Nygaard, ... Read more »