Gudrun Østby

Gudrun Østby

Research Professor


Mobile phone: +47 98 67 15 43

X: @GudrunOstby

Interests and experience

  • Armed conflict and maternal- and child health
  • Education and conflict
  • Education and crime
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Children in conflict
  • Horizontal inequalities and conflict
  • Socioeconomics of Islamist Radicalization

Gudrun Østby is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Peace Research. In 2019-2020 she was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for International Development & Conflict Management, University of Maryland. Much of her research focuses on the socioeconomic consequences of political violence (in particular health and education), conflict-related sexual- and gender-based violence, horizontal inequalities and conflict, Islamist radicalization, and the effectiveness of development aid. Her work has appeared in journals such as Demography, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Population and Development Review, Review of Educational Research, Social Science & Medicine, and World Development. She has done consultancy work for i.a. Save the Children, UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank. She is the recipient of the 2022 Fulbright Best Article of the Year award and is alumna member of the Young Academy of Norway.

Gudrun's complete list of publications is accessible here through Google Scholar.

Work positions
Deputy Editor, Journal of Peace ResearchPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Research ProfessorPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Research Director, Conditions of Violence and PeacePeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Editor-in Chief, Journal of Peace ResearchPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Deputy Editor, Journal of Peace ResearchPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Senior ResearcherPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
ResearcherPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Research Fellow / Phd Candidate, UiODepartment of Political Science, University of Oslo
Research AssistantPeace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Youth Delegate to Kenya Red Cross SocietyNorwegian Red Cross (stationed in Nairobi, Siaya, Embu and Nakuru, Kenya)
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