Torunn L. Tryggestad

Deputy Director

Additional positions:

Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security


Work phone: + 47 22 54 77 40

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.


Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021

Read the Gender, Peace and Security Update – September 2021 issue here.    

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.

For other queries, contact the editors at


Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021

​This fall the PRIO GPS Centre and Gender Research Group are collaborating on a strategic initiative to build more research focusing on men and masculinities at PRIO. 

In recent years, there has been a growth of research which focuses on how gender shapes men's lives, including in peace and conflict research. Through different thematic workshops this fall, PRIO researchers and other collaborators will be meeting to identify where masculinities can fit into PRIO's research, and to develop innovative and new project proposals. 

The project kicked off with a seminar by PRIO Global Fellow Jacqui True in August, and three workshops will be taking place throughout the fall at PRIO, covering topics such as men’s engagement for Women, Peace, and Security, violent extremism and masculinity, and masculinities and militarism.

​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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