Inger Skjelsbæk

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Scholarly interests:

  • Gender, Peace and Security (GPS)

  • Conflict Relates Sexual Violence (CRSV)

  • Political psychology 

  • Bosnia and the Balkans

  • Transitional justice

  • Norm Theories

  • Gender Equality Branding

  • Qualitative Research 


I hold a PhD in political psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and was a researcher, research director and deputy director at the Peace  Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) until 2015. I still hold a part time position as research professor at PRIO linked to the PRIO Center on Gender, Peace and Security. I was associate professor at the Department of Psychology at University of Oslo in the period 2013 - 2019. I have been a guest researcher at the Human Rights Center (HRC) and  a Fulbright scholar the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) both at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a visiting fellow at the Center for Women, Peace and Security at London School of Economics (LSE). I am also head of Research group on gender and extremism at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) in addition to my position as professor at the Center for Gender Research at the University of Oslo.


Editorial memberships:

  • 2018   Member of the Editorial Board of Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift (NNT)

  • 2014    Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP)

  • 2011    Member of the Editorial Board of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP)

  • 2012    Member of the Editorial Board of Internasjonal Politikk (IP)

Journal referee:

Cooperation and Conflict; Disasters Journal; Feminism & Psychology; Internasjonal Politikk; International Feminist Journal of Politics,  International Journal, International Journal of Transitional Justice; Journal of Peace Research; Nations and Nationalism; Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology; Political Psychology; Security Dialouge.

Membership of scientific societies:

I am a member of the International Studies Association (ISA). I have attended and presented work at these conferences since 1998. I am also a member of the Gender, Peace and Security, (GPS) Network which is a Norwegian network of scholars who focus on the GPS agenda.



I have taught at the Department of Psychology, the Department of Political Science and at KULKOM at UiO. But, at the center for Gender Research I teach:

  • KFL 1020 Kjønn og vitenskap 
Tags: Gender Peace and Security, Bosnia, Sexual violence, Conflict, Political psychology


  • Larsen, Eirinn; Skjelsbæk, Inger & Moss, Sigrun Marie (2021). Introduction, In Eirinn Larsen; Inger Skjelsbæk & Sigrun Marie Moss (ed.),  Gender Equality and Nation Branding in the Nordic Region.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780367861353.  Introduksjon.  s 1 - 12
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Chapter 16. "Gender and war: Bosnian psychologists dealing with conflict related sexual violence during and after war", In Polli Hagenaars; Marlena Plavšić; Nora Sveaas; Ulrich Wagner & Tony Wainwright (ed.),  Human Rights Education for Psychologists.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780429274312.  Chapter 16.  s 221 - 232 Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Conceptualizing the Interpreter in Field Interviews in Post-Conflict Settings: Reflections From Psychological Research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, In  Researching Peace, Conflict, and Power in the Field..  Springer Nature.  ISBN 978-3-030-44113-5.  Chapter 4.  s 49 - 61 Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger; Hansen, Julie Marie & Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine (2020). Hopes and misguided expectations: How policy documents frame gender in efforts at preventing terrorism and violent extremism. Politics, Religion & Ideology.  ISSN 2156-7689.  21(4), s 469- 486 . doi: 10.1080/21567689.2020.1851873
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2020). Pro-gender norms in Norwegian peace engagement: Balancing experiences, values, and interests. Foreign Policy Analysis.  ISSN 1743-8586.  16(2), s 181- 198 . doi: 10.1093/fpa/orz028
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Å ruste ned seksuelle overgrp i krig. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0800-336X.  36(1), s 53- 63 . doi: Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2019). Chapter 40: Donor States Delivering on WPS: The Case of Norway, In  The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190638276.  Chapter 40.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2019). Likestilling og Norges fredsengasjement – en balansekunst. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning.  ISSN 0809-6341.  43(4), s 306- 320 . doi: Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Securitising Sexual Violence: Transitions from War to Peace, In Kate Fitz-Gibbon; Sandra Walklate; J McCulloch & JaneMaree Maher (ed.),  Intimate Partner Violence, Risk and Security. Securing Women’s Lives in a Global World.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-870035-2.  Chapter 1.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, In Timothy Williams & Susanne Buckley-Zistel (ed.),  Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence: Action, Motivations and Dynamics.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0815386179.  8.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Silence breakers in war and peace: Research on gender and violence with an ethics of engagement. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society.  ISSN 1072-4745.  25(4), s 496- 520 . doi: 10.1093/sp/jxy031
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Doeland, Elin Martine (2018). Narratives of Support and Resistance: A Political Psychological Analysis of the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Political Psychology.  ISSN 0162-895X.  39(5), s 995- 1011 . doi: 10.1111/pops.12466
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2016). Interpreting the interpreter: Navigating translation, interpretation, and mediation. Culture & Psychology.  ISSN 1354-067X.  22(4), s 502- 519 . doi: 10.1177/1354067X16650830 Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2015). The Military Perpetrator: A Narrative Analysis of Sentencing Judgments on Sexual Violence Offenders at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The Journal of Social and Political Psychology.  ISSN 2195-3325.  3(1), s 46- 70 . doi: 10.5964/jspp.v3i1.273
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2015). Women, War, Violence and Peacemaking - International Developments, In Kjersti Ericsson (ed.),  Women in War. Examples from Norway and Beyond.  Ashgate.  ISBN 9781472445179.  Chapter 14.  s 217 - 236
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013). Seksualisert vold i krig. Speilvendt.  ISSN 1893-4560.  (2), s 4- 7
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013). Soldaten som overgriper. Forsvarets forum.  ISSN 0809-845X.  5, s 58- 59
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2012). Responsibility to Protect or Prevent? Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Violence Crimes in Armed Conflicts. Global Responsibility to Protect.  ISSN 1875-9858.  4(2), s 154- 171 . doi: 10.1163/187598412x639683
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2011). Sexual Violence in the Post-Yugoslav Wars, In Kathleen Kuehnast; Chantal de Jonge Oudraat & Helga Hernes (ed.),  Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century.  United States Institute of Peace Press.  ISBN 978-1-60127-064-1.  Chapter.  s 65 - 84
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2011). Kvinner i det norske forsvaret: Likestilling eller operasjonelt imperativ?. Sosiologi i dag.  ISSN 0332-6330.  41(1), s 53- 75
  • Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2010). Tilslørt fredspolitikk. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0800-336X.  27(4), s 379- 388
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2009). Kjønnsbasert vold i krig: Hvordan få god kunnskap og på hvilken måte?. Sosiologi i dag.  ISSN 0332-6330.  39(2), s 72- 90
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2009). Traditions and Transitions - Perceptions of "Good Womanhood" among twnety Bosnian Focus Group Participants. International Feminist Journal of Politics.  ISSN 1461-6742.  11(3), s 392- 411 . doi: 10.1080/14616740903017737
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2006). Therapeutic Work With Victims of Sexual Violence in War and Postwar: A Discourse Analysis of Bosnian Experiences. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology.  ISSN 1078-1919.  12(2), s 93- 118 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2001). Sexual Violence and War: Mapping Out a Complex Relationship. European Journal of International Relations.  ISSN 1354-0661.  7(2), s 211- 237

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  • Larsen, Eirinn; Skjelsbæk, Inger & Moss, Sigrun Marie (ed.) (2021). Gender Equality and Nation Branding in the Nordic Region. Routledge.  ISBN 9780367861353.  233 s.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Helga Hernes: The State Feminist. Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).  ISBN 978-82-7288-846-5.  80 s. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013). Statsfeministen, Statsfeminismen og Verden Utenfor. Aschehough.  ISBN 978-82-03-35421-2.  91 s.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2011). The Political Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-67117-0.  172 s.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger; Tryggestad, Torunn Lise & Skjeie, Hege (red.) (2008). Kjønn, Krig og Konflikt. Pax Forlag.  ISBN 9788253030982.  250 s.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Smith, Dan (ed.) (2001). Gender, Peace & Conflict. Sage Publications.  ISBN 0761968520.  228 s.

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  • Klitgård, Mathias; Skumsnes, Reinert Vikjord; Stubberud, Elisabeth; Averin, Ro; Skjelsbæk, Inger; Losleben, Katrin; Strid, Sofia; Hellstrand, Ingvil Førland & Sørensen, Siri Øyslebø (2021). Hvordan fremme et nasjonalt fagfelt? I. Show summary
  • Fangen, Katrine & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Editorial to special issue on gender and the far right. Politics, Religion & Ideology.  ISSN 2156-7689.  21(4), s 411- 415 . doi: 10.1080/21567689.2020.1851866 Show summary
  • Lorentzen, Jenny Kathrine; Björkdahl, Annika & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Normative Encounters between the ‘Global’ and the ‘Local’: Women, Peace and Security in Mali and Rwanda. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Bosnia and Herzegovina – a Failed State 25 Years After the Peace Accords. PRIO Blogs. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Bosnia-Hercegovina - en mislykket stat 25 år etter fredsavtalen. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Emerging Issues. New Voices: An Intergenerational and intersectional approach to Women, Peace and Security. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). "Gender and PVE", panel discussion at the seminar entitled "Preserving Spaces for Dialogue in the Middle East " on the occasion of the Norwegian Royal visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in March 2020. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Hopes and misguided expectations: How policy documents frame gender in efforts at preventing terrorism and violent extremism. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Kvinner i Krig: Hvordan skal vi forstå seksuelle overgrep i krig.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Seksuelle overgrep i krig.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the time of COVID-19: A hidden pandemic?. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Cathrine Holst, Hege Skjeie, Mari Teigen (red.): Europeisering av nordisk likestillingspolitikk. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning.  ISSN 0809-6341.  43(3), s 250- 252 . doi: 10.18261/issn.1891-1781
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV): Research, knowledge and policy in transition.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV): Research, knowledge and policy in transitional settings.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Donor States Delivering on WPS: The Case of Norway’.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Gender dimensions of the Bosnian conflict.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Kjønnsbasert voldi krig - internasjonal utvikling og respons.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Sexual Violence in times of war.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Sexual violence in times of war - developments in international research and poliocy.
  • Tryggestad, Torunn Lise & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2019). Launch of the Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security. Show summary
  • Mochmann, Ingvill C. & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Children Born of War (CBOW): Between Stigmatization, Integration and Empowerment. GPS Policy Brief. 3.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 16. januar). De velter seg i luksus og har politisk innflytelse. Her er de forhatte diktatorkonene.  VG.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 08. oktober). "Et språk for overgrep". Intervju I Vårt Land 8.oktober 2018  Vårt Land.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). «Gender Based Violence in Peacebuilding and Mediation». Guest Lecture at the PDA Fellowship Program at the UNDP Oslo Governance Center (OGC).
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Gender and Extremism, C-REX workshop on Gender and Extremism 14 - 15 May, Oslo.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). "Gender dimensions of Norwegian Peace Mediation" UiO:Norden Nordic Branding workshop on gender equality 20 - 21 June 2018 at Jeløya, Norway.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Gender, peace and conflict: international research and policy developments.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). "How to do Project Development" Career Development presentation for Phd and Postdoc scholars at Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX).
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 06. oktober). "Kjemper mot seksuell vold". Intervju I Klassekampen 6. oktober 2018.  Klassekampen.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Kjønnsbasert vold i krig. Faglig foredrag på NKVTS 15.mars.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 05. oktober). "Lege Denis Mukwege og Nadia Murad fikk fredsprisen 2018 - var på operasjonssalen". Intervju I VG 5. oktober 2018  VG.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). "Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad" Blogpost at the London School of Economics (LSE) on 5 October 2018 LSE blog.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). "Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad". PRIO blog posted on 5 October 2018 PRIO Blogs.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). "Nobels fredspris 2018: Voldtekt som våpen i krig". Publisert i NUPIs serie HVOR HENDER DET Hvor hender det?.  ISSN 0801-9509.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). "Norwegian Peace Mediation and Gender Equality" Presentation at Nordic Branding Annual Conference, UiO:Norden 13 -14 August 2018.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 27. juli). "Når mennene forsvinner"  Morgenbladet.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Organized this event:
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 06. oktober). "Riktig, viktig og til rett tid" Intervju I Dagsavisen 6.10.2018  Dagsavisen.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018, 05. oktober). "Slik har seksuell vold blitt brukt gjennom tidene". NRK intervju 5. oktober. 2018 [Internett].  NRK.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Usedvanlig verdige fredsprismottagere. Kronikk Morgenbladet. 8. oktober 2018 Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2018). Workshop on "Women and Girls in Violent Extremism as Perpetrators, Survivors and Peacebuilders" organized with Center for Research on Extremism(C-REX), UiO, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and International Civil Society Action Netowrk (ICAN) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2018). "Gender and peacebuilding" Gjesteforelesning. PECOS 4110 - International Negoiations and Conflict Resolution.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2018). Kvinner, Fred og Sikkerhet, internasjonale perspektiver. Invitert taler til lunch seminar Gimle Rotary.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2018). "Norway’s Peace Engagement: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?" Presentation at International Studies Association (ISA), San Francisco, 7. April 2018. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2018). Presentation at Nordic Branding workshop.
  • Andenæs, Agnes; Benum, Kirsten; Carlquist, Erik; Halvorsen, Margrethe S.; Hauge, Mona-Iren; Madsen, Ole Jacob; Moss, Sigrun Marie; Oddli, Hanne; Roen, Katrina; Råbu, Marit; Skjelsbæk, Inger; Stänicke, Erik; Strømme, Hanne; Sveaass, Nora & Tjersland, Odd Arne (2017). Sneversynt om psykologisk kunnskap. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.  198(5), s 28- 29
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2017). Sexual violence as rupture and continuum in societies transitioning from war to peace.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2017, 20. september). "Kjønn i Krig og konflikt" Podcast laget av Kilden i podcast serien "Kjønnsavdelingen". 20. september 2017 [Internett].  Kjønnsavdelingen, Kildens podcast.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2017). Missing Peace Symposium 2017 Preventing sexual violence in conflict: Is fighting impunity the only game in town? International Conference Organized by PRIO and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2017). Norsk unnfallenhet. Kronikk 30 juni 2017. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2017, 09. august). Olav den hellige var et svin.  Vårt Land.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2017). Prosjekt utvikling for forskere. Invitert innleder til forsknings seminar om prosjektutvikling ved Det Norske Menighetsfakultet.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger; Sveaass, Nora; Evang, Karl; Dybdahl, Ragnhild & Moss, Sigrun Marie (2017). Verden med Trump - et politisk psykologisk blikk. Show summary
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Tryggestad, Torunn Lise (2017). Gender and Peacebuilding Research. Lunch seminar, Senter for Tverrfaglig Kjønn og Kvinneforskning, UiO.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2016, 05. april). Skal beskytte sivile - begår seksuelle overgrep.  Vårt Land.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger; Sveaas, Nora & Kvaale, Rikke Marie Gjerde (2015). Therapeutic Prosecutions?. PRIO Policy Brief. 4.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013). "It's not small talk material - om krig, fred, vold og forskning. Nytt blikk : årsskrift fra Stiftelsen Arkivet.  ISSN 1893-1960.  s 124- 135
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013). "It's not small talk material" - om krig, fred, vold og forskning. Samtiden. Tidsskrift for politikk, litteratur og samfunnsspørsmål.  (3)
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013). Responsibility to Protect or Prevent? Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts, In Eli Stamnes; Sara E. Davies; Zim Nwokora & Sarah Teitt (ed.),  Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 9789004257689.  4.  s 81 - 101

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