Social Media in Armed Conflict through a Gender Lens: The Case of Myanmar

Social Media in Armed Conflict through a Gender Lens: The Case of Myanmar
Social media user in Myanmar. Photo: Asian Development Bank/flickr
Led by Julie Marie Hansen
Jan 2018 - Jan 2021

'Social Media in Armed Conflict through a Gender Lens: The Case of Myanmar' is a doctoral research project about the gendered impacts of social media on armed conflict and peacebuilding in Myanmar.

​In the last four years, Myanmar has gone from a "no phone country" to a "smart phone country". People have gone from rarely using phones or email to now being accomplished users of information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly social media sites like Facebook and Viber.

This technological transition has occurred at the same time as a political transition from a military dictatorship to a more open, semi-democratic regime. The political transition was accompanied by a partial peace process affecting some parts of the country, while communal violence and armed conflict increased dramatically in other areas. 

It is in this context of peacebuilding and ongoing armed conflicts that this doctoral project studies the social impact of ICT and especially social media from a gender perspective.

The doctoral project is part of the larger PRIO project 'Social Media in Armed Conflict: The Case of Myanmar', led by Stein Tønnesson and funded by the Research Council of Norway's NORGLOBAL programme.