I have a wide range of research interests, which can be divided in to three main categories.
The first category is related to conflict data and trends. In particular I'm interested in seeking to find what hidden stories the data tell us. Further, I have also worked extensively on ceasefires and non-state conflicts.
The second category is human consequences of conflicts. This entails research on inequalities, aid efficiency, maternal and child health, education, sexual violence and in particular children in conflict.
Finally, a large share of my research is devoted to natural resources and environment. I have looked at the resource curse, natural resource management in post-conflict, EITI, climate change, and conflicts related to new energy projects and climate mitigation projects such as REDD+
By Júlia Palik, Anna Marie Obermeier & Siri Aas Rustad
By Gudrun Østby, Siri Aas Rustad, Roos Haer & Andrew Arasmith in Children & Society
Selected work experience:
Research Director, Conditions for Violence and Peace, PRIO Feb-July 2021
Research Professor, Conditions for Violence and Peace, PRIO 2020-present
Senior Researcher, Conditions for Violence and Peace, PRIO 2012-2020
Researcher/PhD candidate at PRIO (2008-2012)
Research Assistant at PRIO for Nils Petter Gleditsch and Scott Gates (November 2005- December 2007)
Coordinator for PRIO’s Peace Research Course at the International Summer School at Blindern (Summer 2006)
Project Coordinator for North Caucasus, Building Peaces
Teaching statistical method and software (MA-level) – Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Science (2012-2018)
2008-2012: PhD (Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
2002-2005: Cand.polit. (Political Science from NTNU, Reading University, and PRIO)
1998-2001: Cand.mag. (Political Science, History and Macro Economics, from NTNU and Charles University, Praha)
Selected fellowships and awards:
‘Conflict Trends’, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Project leader (NOK 3 million yearly) (2016-2023)
‘Green Curses’, Research Council of Norway, Norglobal, Project leder (NOK 6 million) (2020-2023)
‘Development Aid, Effectiveness, and Inequalities in Conflict-Affected Societies’, Research Council of Norway, FRIPRO, Project deputy (NOK 9 million) (2017-2019)
‘From a Curse to a Blessing? Transparency and Accountability in Managing High-Value Natural Resource Revenues’, Research Council of Norway, collaborator FRIPRO (NOK 7 million) (2014-2017)
Journal Article in Children & Society
Book Chapter in Lives in Peace Research: the Oslo Stories
GPS Policy Brief
GPS Policy Brief
Report - Other
Report - Other
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Doctoral candidates from all over the world attended PRIO's PhD-level course on Gender, Peace and Conflict.
The new open access
in Peace Research: The Oslo Stories explains how PRIO, the world's
oldest independent peace research institute, was founded and how it survived
Friday, we got to know that a large project has been funded by the Research Council of Norway's INFRASTRUKTUR initiative, that aims to build up relevant, up-to-date infrastructure that is accessible to the research community, to various private and public sector user groups, and to the general public.
Save the Children's report Stop the War on Children: A crisis of recruitment shows that, in 2020, almost all children in Syria and Yemen were at risk of recruitment by armed actors.
Today, Save the Children launched its new report Stop the War on Children: A crisis of recruitment. The report is based on a new mapping of children at risk of being recruited or used in armed conflict conducted at PRIO, as well an update of the yearly estimation of children living in conflict zones. The findings are alarming. In 2020, approximately 337 million children, or more than 1 in 8 children, were living in a conflict zone in which one or more actors recruited children. This is the highest recorded number of children at risk of being recruited by armed actors.
The third edition of the global Women, Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries. Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advancement of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries. The WPS Index is published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS), in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) , will jointly release a major report analysing conflict trends in the Arab world from 1946 to 2019. A joint online conference will be held by both partners on 25 August 2021 (4:00 PM Doha time) to launch the report, which will be simultaneously made available on their websites.
The journalist Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press yesterday released the article “Global COVID deaths hit 4 million amid rush to vaccinate». He refers to the PRIO battledeaths data and the Uppsala Conflict Data Program to illustrate the deadliness of the virus.
This news story has since it’s publication been shared by more than 1,300 news outlets worldwide, and the number keeps growing by the hour. One example is this piece from the Huffington Post.
Gudrun Østby will be the Research Director of the research department Conditions of Violence and Peace from 1 August.
Gudrun Østby is a Research Professor at PRIO. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Peace Research, of which she has also been Editor-in-Chief. She has been at PRIO in different capacities since 2004, with a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo (2011).
Gudrun will be succeeding Siri Aas Rustad.
Congratulations to Gudrun!