Karen Hostens


Karen Hostens left PRIO in 2003. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Network on Identity-Based Conflict

Gender Aspects of Conflict Interventions


Languages spoken:

Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, some Hebrew and Arabic

Working experience:

Administrative assistant to the Director, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Information assistant (free-lance) Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), Hebron, Palestinian


M.A. (licenciate), University of Ghent, Belgium (Oriental Languages and Cultures, focus Hebrew and Arabic). Masters dissertation (Hebrew literature), “Reizen van de Laatste Benjamin van Tudela” van Yehuda Amichai, vertaling en analyse [“Travels of the Last Benjamin of Tudela” by Yehuda Amichai, translation and analysis] (Summa cum laud).

Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Fieldwork in Jerusalem, Israel, for masters dissertation.

University of Ghent, Belgium. Final year of second cycle of Oriental Languages and Cultures, advanced courses in Hebrew and Arabic (Modern and Classical), cultural history and comparative literature.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Erasmus fellow. Courses in Hebrew and Arabic language and literature, and a course in comparative literature of the Middle East

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, intensive language course in Hebrew.

B.A. University of Ghent, Belgium (Oriental Languages and Cultures, focus Hebrew and Arabic). (Summa cum laud).

B.A. University of Ghent, Belgium (Philosophy).


The following publications are specific to the PRIO GPS Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Report - Other

Olsson, Louise; Karen Hostens; Inger Skjelsbæk; & Elise Fredrikke Barth (2004) Gender Aspects of Conflict Interventions: Intended and Unintended Consequences, Report to Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oslo.
Hostens, Karen; & Inger Skjelsbæk (2003) Gender Aspects of Conflict Interventions: Policy Implications of Studies of the TIPH, UNMEE and SFOR.