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The Politics and Effects of Gender Expertise in Peacebuilding

This project explores the politics and effects of gender expertise in peacebuilding in the case of Myanmar. Through interviews with gender experts working for international organizations, donor agencies and NGOs and with activists within the Burmese women's movement, the project analyses the content of gender expertise; the practices and strategies used by gender experts; and the power effects generated by the application of international gender expertise in processes of peacebuilding. In particular, the relationship between international gender expertise and local women's movements and political agendas is examined. This generates new insights into the political effects of the international women, peace and security agenda in relation to local conflict dynamics and relations of power. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council 2020-2022. The project includes the following researchers: Elisabeth Olivius and Jenny Hedström.


Varieties of Peace: A Relational Approach

Today’s headlines show that peace in South Africa is very different from peace in Cambodia or Sri Lanka. However, research thus far has not managed to analyze and explain the different varieties of peace that evolve after civil war. We suggest that taking a relational approach to peace seriously is a fruitful avenue for expanding current theoretical frameworks surrounding peace as a concept as well as providing more theoretically grounded empirical work. This project focuses on describing and explaining the varieties of peace from a relational approach in countries such as Cambodia, Myanmar/Burma, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2020-2022. The project includes the following researchers: project leader Anna Jarstad, Elisabeth Olivius, Johanna Söderström, Malin Åkebo and Nilanjana Premaratna.

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