Ragnhild Nordås

Senior Researcher

Ragnhild Nordås
Email: ragnhild@prio.org
Mobile phone: +47 930 65 824
Twitter: @ragnhildnordas

Research Interests

  • Religion and violence
  • The climate change-conflict nexus
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • State repression
  • Recruitment and retention in armed groups
  • Demography and conflict

Dr. Nordås is a recipient of PhD funding from the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW), a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School, and has been a visiting fellow at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame 2010-2011.She has received research grants from the Research Council of Norway, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden; National Science Foundation, US; and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. Her work to date has been published in, amongst other, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly and Political Geography.

Main ongoing research foci:

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC)

The SVAC research project responds to the gravity of the problem of sexual violence and the critical need for more systematic information by creating a comprehensive Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (SVAC) dataset covering the twenty-year period 1989–2009 as well as targeted case studies. We will use this data to analyze patterns of sexual violence in and across conflicts and conflict actors, including in the immediate aftermath of war. By disseminating our data and findings, we seek to advance the research on conflict processes, raise awareness of the problem of sexual violence in armed conflicts, and facilitate evidence-based preventive strategies.

For more information on the global SVAC database see www.sexualviolencedata.org where an updated version of the dataset is available (November 2016)  here

  
Female Empowerment in Eastern DR Congo (NORGLOBAL)

http://www.prio.org/Projects/Project/?x=1094 

Project investigating how survivors of sexual and gender-based violence can be empowered and reintegrated into society through socioeconomic support programs; and building local research capacity through ICART research center in Bukavu.

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Background

​​​​​​​Other information:

Languages spoken:

Norwegian (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (some)

Working experience:

Deputy editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2014-2017

Research Director, Conditions of Violence and Peace Department: 2016

Associate editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2012-2013

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2011

Senior Researcher, PRIO 2010-

Research Fellow, Harvard University, 2008-2010

Book Note Editor, Journal of Peace Research, 2006-2008

Research Assistant, CSCW Environmental Factors in Civil War 2004-2005

Education:

Dr. Polit. (PhD) in political science, Norwegian University of Science and Techology, NTNU. 2010

Cand.Polit. (Master's degree) in political science, NTNU. Spring 2004.

 



Events

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Publications

The following publications are specific to the Centre for the Study of Civil War. A more complete list may be available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gleditsch, Nils Petter & Ragnhild Nordås (2009) Climate Change and Conflict: A Critical Overview, Die Friedens-Warte 84(2): 11–28.
Rustad, Siri Aas; Ragnhild Nordås; Vera Achvarina & Gudrun Østby (2009) Armut und die Rekrutierung von Kindersoldaten: Neue Evidenz aus einer disaggregierten Analyse der afrikanischen Regionen [Poverty and Child Soldier Recruitment: A Disaggregated Study of African Regions], Politische Vierteljahresschrift Sonderhefte 43: 386–413.
Nordås, Ragnhild; Gudrun Østby & Jan Ketil Rød (2009) Regional Inequalities and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, International Studies Quarterly 53(2): 301–324.
Nordås, Ragnhild & Indra de Soysa (2007) Islam's Bloody Innards? Religion and Political Terror, 1980–2000, International Studies Quarterly 51(4): 927–943.
Gleditsch, Nils Petter & Ragnhild Nordås (2007) Climate Change and Conflict, Political Geography 26(6): 627–638.

Book Chapter

Nordås, Ragnhild (2012) The Devil in the Demography? Religion, Identity, and War in Cote d'Ivoire, in Monica Duffy Toft, ed., Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press (252–267).
Nordås, Ragnhild (2011) The Devil in the Demography? Religion, Identity, and War in Cote d'Ivoire, in Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics. Paradigm (252–267).
Binningsbø, Helga Malmin; Torbjørn L. Knutsen; Robert Ekle & Ragnhild Nordås (2003) Afghanistan under den kalde krigen [Afghanistan during the Cold War], in Blodspor. Om bakgrunnen til 11. september. Oslo: (146–173).

PRIO Report

Nordås, Ragnhild; & Dara Kay Cohen (2011) Wartime Sexual Violence: Challenges and Opportunities for Data Collection and Analysis, CSCW Report. Oslo: CSCW/PRIO.

Master Thesis

Nordås, Ragnhild (2004) State Religiosity and Civil War: Does Religious Heterogeneity and the Role of Religion in States Influence the Risk of Intrastate Armed Conflict?. MA thesis, Supervisors: Tanja Ellingsen, NTNU; Nils Petter Gleditsch, PRIO (defended 13 April), Thesis for the MA degree, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU, Trondheim.

Conference Paper

Nordås, Ragnhild & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2009) IPCC and the Climate-Conflict NexusNew York, NY, 15 February.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2008) Identity Polarization and Conflict: State Building in Cote d’Ivoire and GhanaSan Fransisco, CA, 26–29 March.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2008) Identity Politics and State Building in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana: Lessons for Quantitative Civil War StudiesUniversity of Tromsø, Norway, 28–30 April.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2008) Gunning for God? Religion and Conflict SeverityClaremont, CA, 24–25 October.
Rustad, Siri Aas; Ragnhild Nordås; Gudrun Østby & Vera Achvarina (2008) Regional Welfare and Child Soldier Recruitment : A Disaggregated Study of African RegionsUniversity of Konstanz, 22–23 February.
Achvarina, Vera; Ragnhild Nordås; Siri Aas Rustad & Gudrun Østby (2007) Regional Poverty and Child Soldier Recruitment: A Disaggregated Study of Sub-National African Regions, 1990–2004, presented at the 48th Annual Metting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, 28 February–3 March.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2007) Caught in a Civilizational Fault Line? Cote d’Ivoire vs. Ghana, presented at Statsvitenskaplig Fagkonferanse, Trondheim, 3–5 January.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2007) Are Religious Conflicts Bloodier? Assessing the Impact of Religion on Civil Conflict Casualties, presented at the 48th Annual Metting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, 28 February – 3 March.
Skjølberg, Katja H. W. & Ragnhild Nordås (2007) Ethnic Pluralism and State Legitimacy: Ethno-Regionalist Terrorism in Western Europe, 1950–2004, presented at the 48th Annual Metting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, 28 February – 3 March.
Nordås, Ragnhild; Jan Ketil Rød & Gudrun Østby (2006) Regional Inequalities and Civil Conflict in 21 Sub-Saharan Countries, 1986-2004, presented at the 47th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), San Diego, 22–25 March.
Nordås, Ragnhild; Jan Ketil Rød & Gudrun Østby (2006) Regional Inequalities and Civil Conflict in 21 Sub-Saharan Countries, 1986-2004, presented at the workshop on Polarization and Conflict (PAC), Nicosia, Cyprus, 26–29 April.
de Soysa, Indra & Ragnhild Nordås (2006) Islam's Bloody Innards? Religion and Political Terror, 1980-2000, presented at Religion and Political Terror, 1980-2000, Meeting in the Environmental Factors in Civil War Working Group, 21 September, September.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2005) Climate Conflicts: Common Sense or Nonsense?, presented at the 13th National Conference in Political Science, Hurdalsjøen, 5–7 January.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2005) Religious Diversity and State Strategies: Impacts on Development and Conflict, presented at the 46th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, 1–5 March.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2005) The Future of Religious Values – Impacts of Globalization and Intrastate Factors, presented at the Third European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) conference, Budapest, Hungary, 8–10 September.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2004) Regulating Religious Minorites: For Better or Worse?, presented at ISA Annual Convention 2004, Montreal, Canada, March 2004.

PRIO Policy Brief

Nordås, Ragnhild & Dara Kay Cohen (2012) Sexual Violence by Militias in African Conflicts: Not a question of ‘delegation’ by states, CSCW Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: CSCW.
Nordås, Ragnhild & Dara Kay Cohen (2012) Sexual Violence in African Conflicts, 1989–2009: What the data show, CSCW Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: CSCW.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2012) Sexual Violence on the Decline? Recent debates and evidence suggest ‘unlikely’, CSCW Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: CSCW.
Nordås, Ragnhild (2011) Sexual Violence in African Conflicts, CSCW Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.