Gender Research at PRIO is a cross-disciplinary research which examines various dimensions of gender in peace research. The Gender Research Group at PRIO consists of all gender researchers at PRIO. It aims to provide a forum for dialogue on gender research, exchange of ideas and further strengthening of cross-sectional and cross-disciplinary research cooperation at PRIO. The PRIO Gender Research Group is coordinated by Helga Hernes. Gender Research at PRIO is a member of the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ Research Network in Norway. The network is coordinated by Torunn L. Tryggestad. 


Helga Hernes (Senior Adviser)

Helga holds PhD in political science. Her main research interests include: gender and security sector reform, gender and mortality, UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.


Inger Skjelsbæk (PRIO Deputy Director, Senior Researcher)

Inger holds PhD in psychology. She is currently involved in the Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict database project. Her main research interests include: sexual violence in armed conflicts and perpetrators. 


Pinar Tank (Senior Researcher)

Pinar has a Dr.Philos in Political Science and has conducted research is on civil-military relations in Turkey. Her masters work was on gender theory and she now combines her two research interests to examine the role of gender in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) insurgency in Turkey.

Torunn L. Tryggestad (Researcher)

Torunn is a political scientist who currently studies the UN and implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Her research interests include gender and peacebuilding, the UN, UN peacekeeping, women in uniform, and the role of transnational movements in setting agendas.


Henrik Urdal (Senior Researcher)

Henrik holds PhD in Political Science from University of Oslo. His research interests include the gendered health consequences of conflict, and on the impact of youth bulges and gender-specific educational attainment on conflict risk.

Hilde Wallacher (Researcher)

Hilde holds an MA from the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She has done research on gender mainstreaming in mine action, and is particularly interested in issues related to gender and human rights, gender mainstreaming in international organisations, and women’s grass-root movements.



Gender Research at PRIO cooperates closely with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and United States Institute of Peace (USIP).