Demography and conflict
Religion and violence
The climate change-conflict nexus
Ragnhild Nordås focuses on what has been one of the most important gaps in the conflict literature: The relative lack of attention given to sexual and gender-based violence. It is only within the last fifteen years that political scientists have begun to engage with this as a topic of rigorous empirical study, in part for lack of available data. Nordås studies sexual violence and sexual harassment as part of warfare as well as during times of relative peace. Her current book project focuses on states as perpetrators, and the causes and consequences of sexualized repression.
Dr. Nordås is a recipient of PhD funding from the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW), a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, and has been a visiting fellow at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame 2010-2011.She has received research grants from the Research Council of Norway, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden; National Science Foundation, US; and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. Her work to date has been published in, amongst other, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly and Political Geography.
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC)
The SVAC research project responds to the gravity of the problem of sexual violence and the critical need for more systematic information by creating a comprehensive Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) dataset covering the twenty-year period 1989–2009 as well as targeted case studies. We will use this data to analyze patterns of sexual violence in and across conflicts and conflict actors, including in the immediate aftermath of war. By disseminating our data and findings, we seek to advance the research on conflict processes, raise awareness of the problem of sexual violence in armed conflicts, and facilitate evidence-based preventive strategies.
Female Empowerment in Eastern DR Congo (NORGLOBAL)
Project investigating how survivors of sexual and gender-based violence can be empowered and reintegrated into society through socioeconomic support programs; and building local research capacity through ICART research center in Bukavu.
Saturday, 30 Apr 2022
Жінки є «невід’ємною частиною країни та її опору» – з таким посланням звернулася до світу президент організації «Ла Страда-Україна» Kaтeринa Чeрeпaхa, виступаючи перед Радою Безпеки ООН у квітні. У своєму виступі вона також підкреслила високу вразливість жінок і дівчат щодо загроз викрадення, катувань та вбивств. Тепер ми знаємо, що жінки ...
Friday, 29 Apr 2022
Women are an “integral part of her country and its resistance.” This was the message that Kateryna Cherepakha, President of the organization La Strada-Ukraine, communicated to the world when speaking before the UN Security Council in April. Her speech also highlighted increased vulnerability of women and girls to the threat ...
Monday, 11 Apr 2022
Sexual violence has not received much attention in the coverage of the war in Ukraine. However, reports of cases of sexual violence by Russian or pro-Russian soldiers are just starting to appear. Some human rights organizations in Ukraine have already warned about this risk. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba recently claimed ...
Deputy editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2014-2017
Research Director, Conditions of Violence and Peace Department: 2016
Associate editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2012-2013
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2011
Senior Researcher, PRIO 2010-
Research Fellow, Harvard University, 2008-2010
Book Note Editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2006-2008
Research Assistant, CSCW Environmental Factors in Civil War 2004-2005
Dr. Polit. (PhD) in political science, Norwegian University of Science and Techology, NTNU. 2010
Cand.Polit. (Master's degree) in political science, NTNU. Spring 2004.
Norwegian (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (some)
Popular Article in https://politicalviolenceataglance.org
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Journal Article in Annual Review of Political Science
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Journal Article in Human Rights Quarterly
The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS Update) is an electronic newsletter launched by the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security in response to growing interest among the public for information about Gender, Peace and security Issues.
A new article introduces the Repertoires of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (RSVAC) data package.
This data source assembles reports from 1989 to 2015 of forms of sexual violence by government/states forces, insurgent/rebel organizations, and pro-government militias for each conflict and year, as well as extensive qualitative notes. The new data package helps disaggregate ‘sexual violence’ into its distinct forms and will therefore enable analysis of the reported presence of forms of sexual violence across time, conflicts, and organizations.
PRIO has conducted a study for Save the Children estimating the number of children at risk of experiencing wartime sexual violence. A staggering 72 million children—17% of the 426 million children living in conflict areas globally, or 1 in 6—are living near armed groups that have been reported to perpetrate sexual violence against children.
We congratulate Elisabeth Lio Rosvold on the successful defense of her PhD thesis today, 08 November 2019! Dr Rosvold’s thesis entitled ‘Coping with Calamity: Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict and Development Aid’ was defended at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Sociology and Political Science.
PRIO has long been a leader in researching gender-based violence in conflicts; this issue has been the subject of extensive research interest at PRIO. For that reason, PRIO researchers were thrilled to see the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize go to Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their work combating sexual violence. We have compiled a list of PRIO-related publications and researchers relevant to this topic in anticipation of increased interest.
The 2016 impact factor (IF) from InCites Journal Citation Reports is now out, and PRIO is extremely happy to once again have two journals within the top-10 on the 2-year ranking in International Relations.
This is the impact factor that traditionally gets most attention in research communities, but it is even more impressing that both journals in fact have been within the top-ten of the more stable 5-year impact ranking ever since 2013! It is an exceptional achievement by all standards.
This year, Security Dialogue clocked in as no. 6 out of 96 journals with a 2-year IF of 2.692 (up from no. 20 in 2015), and JPR retained its position within top-ten, ranked as no. 10 with an IF of 2.284.
On the 5-year impact factor, JPR is now ranked as no. 5 with Security Dialogue right behind as no. 6. JPR is also ranked as no. 24 in Political Science. Security Dialogue is not ranked in this category.
The first issue in 2017 the PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is now out.
The lead story in this issue includes an interview with Sarah Douglas, Gender Advisor at the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, about how the UN Peacebuilding Fund has managed to surpass the target for financing gender-specific projects.
Several new PRIO projects have received funding from the Research Council of Norway's FRIHUMSAM funding program.
The attention surrounding the PRIO Director's annual speculations on who might be selected for the Nobel Peace Prize are at a peak now, with the outcome being announced by the Nobel Committee tomorrow. Here is Kristian Harpviken's list: