Research Staff

Salla Turunen

Doctoral Researcher

Current projects

Jan 2019 - Dec 2022

Humanitarian Diplomacy

Doctoral Researcher with research focus on humanitarian diplomacy and the United Nations

Salla Turunen is Doctoral Researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway and the Department of Comparative Politics at University of Bergen, Norway. Having a background as a practitioner with the United Nations (UN), her research investigates the articulation of humanitarian diplomacy and negotiations in complex emergencies with the aim of informing both academic debates and humanitarian professionals themselves.

Her current work is a part of research project “Humanitarian Diplomacy: Assessing Policies, Practices and Impact of New Forms of Humanitarian Action and Foreign Policy”, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Herein Turunen’s research builds on an ongoing interdisciplinary and intersectoral dialogue nourished by an international consortium of academic partners and several humanitarian actors and international networks.

Prior to CMI, Turunen has worked in various positions for the UN on gender, including as Peace and Security Specialist at UN Women Liberia Country Office and as Gender Parity Analyst at UN Women Headquarters in New York.

Turunen is currently a scholar in International Relations (IR). Her doctoral training has included studies at Copenhagen Business School's (CBS) Doctoral School in Organisation and Management Studies and the Research School on Peace and Conflict (a joint initiative by the University of Oslo, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO). Turunen obtained her master’s degree from the Graduate School at Lund University in Sweden through an interdisciplinary master’s programme combining political science and gender studies. Turunen also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Turku, Finland, and a Certificat d'Etudes Politiques (CEP) from Sciences Po Lille, France.