Torunn L. Tryggestad

Deputy Director

Additional positions:

Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security


Mobile phone: +47 97 65 14 68

Twitter: @TLTryggestad

Research Interests

  • Gender and inclusive mediation processes.
  • The UN and the gendered dimensions of conflict resolution, conflict management and peacebuilding.
  • UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and implementation policies at the global, regional and national levels.
  • The emergence and diffusion of norms, with special emphasis on the normative framework of 'women, peace and security'.
  • The inter-play between transnational networks of civil society organizations, the UN system and UN member states in policy development.
  • Women in armed forces.

​Language​​​ Skills

Norwegian (mo​ther tongue), English (fluent), German (basic).

Understand and communica​te well in Scandinavian languages (Danish and Swedish). ​

Work Exper​ience 

2017- : Deputy Director at PRIO

2015- : Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security, Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO. 

2014- : Senior Researcher, PRIO.

2006-2015: Researcher and Project Manager, The Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding Project, PRIO

2005-2009: Associated researcher, Liberal Peace and the Ethics of War Project, PRIO.

December 2004 - April 2005: Acting director of the Department for International Politics, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). 

January 2004-2005: Researcher and co-ordinator of the UN programme on Peacekeeping and Multinational Operations, NUPI. 

February-December 2003: Adviser, UN Section, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1995-2003: Co-ordinator and later director of The Training for Peace in Southern Africa Project, NUPI.

February-May 1995: Research Assistant at the UN Programme, NUPI. 

1994-1995: Student scholarship, UN Programme on Peacekeeping and Multinational Operations, NUPI.

Board an​​d Expert Group Membership

2016- : Core Group member of the NATO Civil Society Advisory Panel (CSAP)

2015- : Member of the UN Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group

2015- : Member of the board, the United Nations Association of Norway

2014: Member of the independent committee for the Student Peace Prize 2015, a prize which is awarded by Norwegian students biannually, as part of the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT).

2013- : Member of the Union Board at PRIO (Forskerforbundet)

2003- : Member of the advisory board of the United Nations Association of Norway, Section East.

Committee M​embership 

2010-2013: Member of the Foreign Ministry Advisory Committee on Security Policy (Sikkerhetspolitisk utvalg)​

Network​ing Activities 

2009: Co-founder of the Women and Security (WaS) Network – a network comprising of women from academia, public sector (ministries such as Foreign Affairs and Defence), NGOs and public information professionals working with/on defence, security and foreign policy issues.  

2009- : Initiated and coordinates the Research Network on Gender, Peace and Security, comprising of approximately 50 researchers from various research institutions in Norway. Meets twice a year to discuss ongoing and new research projects/ideas, exchange information and accommodate research collaboration. 


2014: Dr. Polit. Degree in Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.   

1995: Master's Degree in Political Science (cand. polit.), University of Oslo.

1992: Bachelor Degree (in political science, social anthropology and examen philosophy), University of Oslo.

1989-1990: One year course in development studies, Agder Regional College, Kristiansand.

1988-1990: One year course in political science, Molder Regional College.

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