Inger Skjelsbæk

Research Professor

Region(s): Europe
Country of focus: Bosnia and Herzegovina


Current Occupation: Research Professor
Organization/Institution: Peace Research Institute Oslo
Language: English, French, Norwegian

Inger Skjelsbæk (@IngerSkjelsbaek ) is a Norwegian gender studies scholar and psychologist with expertise in gender, sexual violence, conflict, and women’s rights.

She is a research professor at the Center on Gender, Peace and Security at PRIO, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (@PRIOGPS). At the University of Oslo she is director of the Center for Gender Research and professor at the Center for Research on Extremism.

Her expertise in sexual violence and conflict is based on extensive research projects. She is the author of The Political Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina,  published in 2011.

Among her research projects: Why Rape? Perpetrator, Punishment and Social Narratives funded by the Research Council of Norway; Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding  and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Her research work at PRIO began in 1996, and she was deputy director from 2009 to 2015. She was a guest lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, 2008-2009 and a visiting scholar at the Human Rights Center in Berkeley a few years later.

Since 2011, she has been an associate editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. She was appointed by the Norwegian Parliament as a deputy member of the Nobel Committee which selects the recipients of the annual Nobel Peace Prize.

She has extensive experience with print media, TV, and radio interviews.

2007 Dr. Polit. Degree at the Institute for Psychology, University of Trondheim (NTNU). The title of the Ph.D. dissertation is “Sexual Violence In Time of War: Sexuality, Ethnicity and Gender Diversity in the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina”.

1996, Cand. Polit. Degree from the University of Trondheim (NTNU) with a Master’s degree in psychology. The title of the Master’s dissertation was “Women and War: A Qualitative Study of the Construction of Femininity in the Wars in the Former Yugoslavia, El Salvador and Vietnam”.

1993, Cand. Mag. Degree from the University of Oslo with the following subjects: English language and literature, French language and literature, Psychology and Social science statistics.