Good News: Research Grant on Gender Dimensions of Conflict and Violence approved
Project Funding: 3 years
The Swiss Progamme for Research on Global Issues for Development has approved a multi-year research grant for the research project Gender Dimensions of Social Conflict, Armed Violence and Peacebuilding that I co-lead with Prof. Elisabeth Prügl at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Within this North-South-South research collaboration we partner with researchers in Indonesia and Nigeria as well as international and civil society organizations in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Initial funding has been granted for the first three years and would be extended for a second three-year term upon successful mid-term evaluation of the research project.
Background to the project: Quantitative research has demonstrated a strong correlation between levels of gender inequality and violent conflict, suggesting that women’s subordination and vulnerability is a significant predictor of armed violence. This project takes the proposed correlation to the micro-level, investigating what mechanisms link gender relations and dynamics of violence. Over the next three years, a multi-national research team will examine statistical materials, comb newspaper articles, and conduct interviews in Indonesian and Nigerian conflict zones that have experienced various types of armed conflict, comparing violent and nonviolent communities. We aim to provide empirical evidence on micro-level gender dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding that informs policy makers on gender-sensitive peacebuilding efforts.