Research Staff

Marianne Tøraasen

Doctoral Researcher

PhD-candidate studying gender representation in the judiciary

Tøraasen has a master’s degree in comparative politics and a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Bergen. Her research interests include representation and gender (judicial and political), women’s movements and gender-based violence.  For her master's degree, she conducted field work among parliamentarians in Senegal, studying the effects of the 2010 gender parity quota law in terms of women's symbolic representation (i.e. attitudes towards female political leadership).

For her PhD, she is part of the research project "Women on the Bench: The Role of Women Judges in Fragile States". She has spent several months in Haiti interviewing judges, prosecutors and other key informants. The main focus of her PhD is gendered differences in access to and experiences on the bench in a fragile setting, as well as conceptions and perceptions of gender representation in the judiciary.

Tøraasen has previously worked in education and as a research assistant at CMI and the University of Bergen.



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