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We research women´s empowerment and political participation, focusing on violence against women, family law and sexual and reproductive rights.

Completed projects

Mar 2011 - Mar 2014

Gendering Faith

Vibeke Wang

Senior Researcher and Coordinator: Gender Politics

Karin Ask


Camila Gianella


Siri Gloppen

Senior Researcher

Anna Gopsill

Communication Assistant

David Jackson

Program Advisor (U4)

Siri Lange

Affiliated Senior Researcher

Rachel Sieder

Associated Senior Researcher

Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

Associated Researcher

Joar Svanemyr

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sarah A Tobin

Senior Researcher

Bertil Tungodden

Associated Senior Researcher

Inge Tvedten

Senior Researcher

Liv Tønnessen

Research Director

Espen Villanger

Research Director

Torunn Wimpelmann

Senior Researcher

Agents of Change

Women find ways to strategically exploit new spaces even under harsh conditions of extreme poverty and violent situations, thereby creating opportunities for their own empowerment in otherwise dismal circumstances.

We research arenas where women seek empowerment through law reform, participation in political and economic decision-making processes, participation in social networks, women’s movements and religious movements. Geographically, we deal with a wide range of countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America.

Our research is grounded in local understandings of gender relations, struggles and activism, but nonetheless inherently linked to global discourses. We seek to be at the forefront of both conceptual and empirical research and we employ a broad array of quantitative and qualitative research methods.