Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding Research at PRIO

Led by Helga Hernes
Jan 2006 -

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The Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding project was established in 2006 to fill a research and teaching gap in Norway on issues relating to Women, Peace and Security. In the years that have passed the project and its members have created positive synergies for gender research across PRIO programs and projects. PRIO has become a hub for research on gender, peace and conflict in Norway.

The project activities cluster around four main areas; 
  1. research and publishing; 
  2. teaching and training; 
  3. policy advice and public outreach; and 
  4. conferences, seminars and networking. 

Our expertise on issues pertaining to sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations and global regimes and strategies for the implementation of gender sensitive peace and security policies are particularly sought after. The disciplinary background of our researcher’s span from political science to history, anthropology and psychology. Our research methodology is a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods; reflecting PRIO’s inter-disciplinary approach to peace studies. 


Research topics:
  • Sexualized violence in conflict and post-conflict situations
    • ​Who are the perpetrators? 
    • How can impunity for sexualized violence be fought? 
    • How can women be protected from sexualized violence?
  • Women’s notions of security. To what extent does it impact policy development? 
  • The UN and implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security – strategies and action plans
  • Women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace building 
  • Women’s security in fragile states
  • Gender perspectives on transnational crime

Research Groups

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Hudson, Heidi (2015) (Re)framing the Relationship between Discourse and Materiality in Feminist Security Studies and Feminist IPE, Politics & Gender 11(2): 413–419.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2014) State Feminism Going Global: Norway on the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, Cooperation and Conflict 49(4): 464–482.
Skjelsbæk, Inger & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2011) Kvinner i det norske forsvaret: Likestilling eller operasjonelt imperativ? [Women in the Norwegian Armed Forces: Gender Equality or Operational Imperative?], Sosiologi I Dag 41(1): 53–75.
Skjelsbæk, Inger (2010) The Elephant in the Room: An Overview of How Sexual Violence came to be Seen as a Weapon of War .
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2010) The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Gender: A Case of Norm Reinforcement, International Peacekeeping 17(2): 159–171.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2009) Trick or Treat? The UN and Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Global Governance 15(4): 539–557.

PhD Thesis

Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2014) International Norms and Political Change: 'Women, Peace and Security' and the UN Security Agenda. PhD thesis, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Book Chapter

Hudson, Heidi (2015) Untangling the gendering of the security-development nexus, in Paul Jackson, ed., Handbook of International Security and Development. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing (47–63).
Skjelsbæk, Inger (2015) Women, War, Violence and Peacemaking – International Developments, in Kjersti Ericsson, ed., Women In War: Examples from Norway and Beyond. London: Ashgate (217–236).
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2014) FNs sikkerhetsrådsresolusjon 1325 om kvinner, fred og sikkerhet, in Gender I Forsvaret. Fra Teorit Til Praksis. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag (95–124).
Skjelsbæk, Inger(2008) Demokrati og Likestilling [Democracy and Gender Equality] Demokrati: Vilkår Og Virkninger. : (349–365).

Edited Volume

Hernes, Helga; Kathleen Kuehnast; & Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, eds, (2011) Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Skjelsbæk, Inger (2008) Statskvinne med barrierebrytergen. Om forskeren , feministen og politikeren Helga Hernes [Helga Hernes: Researcher, Feminist and Politician] , PROSA 4.

Popular Article

Skjelsbæk, Inger (2011) Norwegians Must Build a Climate of Hope, Not Fear, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 August.
Skjelsbæk, Inger (2011) Barnas usikre verden [Children's Insecure World], Dagsavisen, 5 August.

Conference Paper

Chun, Suk 2010 Sexual Violence and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers – Definition and Documentation Challenges, presented at BICC Conference on Wartime Rape, , 11–12 March.

PRIO Policy Brief

Ormhaug, Christin Marsh (2014) National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security in the OSCE Area, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo, Norway: PRIO.
Hernes, Helga (2014) Global Aspects of Women’s Participation, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2010) The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Women: What Role for Norway?, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.
Chun, Suk (2009) Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers, PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.
Chun, Suk & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2010) Ten Years of Women, Peace and Security: Observing the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Tryggestad, Torunn L.;Skjelsbæk, Inger;Skjelsbæk, Inger; & Tryggestad, Torunn L. (2007) Kvinner i Forsvaret og implementering av FNs Sikkerhetsrådsresolusjon 1325 om kvinner, fred og sikkerhet: Potensial, status og anbefalte tiltak [Women in the Norwegian Armed Forces and Implementation of UN SC Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security: Potential, status and recommendations ], Report commissioned by the Defence Study 2007 , .

Newsletter

Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine; Torunn L. Tryggestad & Julie Marie Hansen (2015) Somali Women’s Civic Engagement: Past, Present and Future, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2015: PRIO.
Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2014) Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2014: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) New Project at PRIO on National Action Plans, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence against Women and Girls, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) The Missing Peace Symposium 2013, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L.; Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen & Halvor Berggrav (2012) The Political Psychology of War Rape, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2012) Engaging Men for Women's Empowerment, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2012) Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2012) Claims About Global Decline in Sexual Violence Spark Debate, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2012: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Hilde Wallacher (2011) New Strategic Plan on Women, Peace and Security launched by Norwegian MFA, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2011: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Halvor Berggrav (2011) Nobel Days in Oslo, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2011: PRIO.
Wallacher, Hilde & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2011) UN Special Rapporteur Margot Wallström Visits PRIO, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2011: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) Men Must Get Involved in Fighting Violence Against Women, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'We Want Strong Links to Civil Society', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'Women's Inclusion Has Become a Global Security Imperative', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'Does Affirmative Action Make a Change?', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) 'Women Count for Peace', PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Suk Chun (2010) Mythbusting: Are Women the Main Victims of Armed Conflict?, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2010: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) Launch of New Initiative: Gender and Mediation Seminar, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.
Tryggestad, Torunn L. & Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen (2013) Women, Power and Politics: The Road to Sustainable Democracy, PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, 2013: PRIO.

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