Louise Olsson

Senior Researcher

Louise Olsson
Email: louise@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 08
Mobile phone: +46 730 97 8621
Twitter: @LouiseKOlsson
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Research Interests

Louise Olsson's research systematically examines gender aspects of armed conflict and its resolution, and it explores the normative developments related to gender mainstreaming and the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. 

Current projects:

Inequality and insurgency in India: a disaggregated analysis of the link between gender inequality and armed conflict (2015-2018. With Erika Forsberg, Uppsala University. Funded by the Swedish Research Council.) By combining fieldwork with statistical analysis of new micro-level data on India’s 640 districts, this project seeks to improve our understanding of the mechanisms behind gender inequality and violent conflict.

Disciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence (2016-2019. With Angela Muvumba-Sällström, Uppsala University. Funded by the Swedish Research Council). This project studies why and how diverse types of armed groups, with their varied agendas, motivations, institutions and gradations of sociality during wartime, create preventive cultures and pathways.

Equal Peace? Women’s Empowerment and Multicultural Challenges in War-to-Peace Transitions. Book project. (2018. With Inger Skjelsbæk and Torunn L. Tryggestad, PRIO.) As part of the subproject, International Conflict Mediation by the United Nations, a book will be composed which captures central experiences of using strategies for inclusivity and gender equality drawing on a combination of document analysis and interviews with senior peace mediators.

From Hopeful Agreements to Disillusioned Peace? The effects of peace agreement implementation on women’s security and empowerment (2018-2020. With Erika Forsberg and Karen Brouneus, Uppsala University. Funded by the Swedish Research Council). This project combines a global study tracking gender aspects in a set of peace processes, with in-depth analysis of Colombia, including both survey and focus group data.


Olsson got her PhD from Uppsala University in 2007 with the thesis Equal Peace. United Nations Peace Operations and the Power-Relations between men and women in Timor-Leste (published by Brill 2009). She is the editor of several special issues of international research journals, the latest also being published in the book Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Resolution 1325 (Routledge 2015). She is the author of several research publications, for example, "Gender inequality and internal conflict" in Oxford Research Encyclopedias of Politics (2016).

Prior to taking up her position at PRIO, Olsson was the Senior Advisor to the Director General at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), Sweden. Before that, she served as the Head of the Women, Peace and Security Program at FBA between 2011-2015. A central part of her work at FBA was to create and lead a Research Working Group on Women, Peace and Security consisting of international scholars. The aim was to promote systematic empirical research of relevance for the implementation of the UN resolutions (2009-2018).

As a Senior Advisor, Olsson worked with strategic organizational development on inclusivity and gender mainstreaming, and with policy support. For example, Olsson has supported the work with the Swedish National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and has led evaluation teams analyzing how NATO's military operations and EU's civilian missions address the Women, Peace and Security agenda. 

Olsson has substantial pedagogical experience and has been involved in education and training for a broad range of audiences. For example, she has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been the Director of Studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.The work included responsibility for budget, personnel, and content of the teaching. For policy, she has been involved in developing a Gender Coach Program for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is a training program for senior management. She collects some of those experiences in the paper Gender Training for Leaders (Georgetown University). She has also served as a coach in other Gender Coach Programs, both to the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces and to the Head of the Military Intelligence and Security Directorate. 

Olsson began her career in 1999 by contributing to the UN project Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Operations which held its final workshop in Windhoek in May 2000.


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

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene & Louise Olsson (2016) Toward an equal peace or stuck in the twilight zone? The known knowns and the known unknowns of gender disaggregated data in peacekeeping research, International Peacekeeping.
Olsson, Louise (2013) Militära insatser och FN:s säkerhetsrådsresolution 1325 [​Military Operations and UN Security Council Resolution 1325: The Gender Integration Process in the Nordic Battlegroup], Internasjonal Politikk 71(3): 303–326.
Olsson, Louise (2001) Gender Mainstreaming in Practice: The United Nations Transitional Assistance Group in Namibia, International Peacekeeping 8(2).
Olsson, Louise (2000) Mainstreaming Gender in Multidimensional Peacekeeping: A Field Perspective, International Peacekeeping 7(3).

GPS Policy Brief

Kishi, Roudabeh & Louise Olsson (2019) How Does Political Violence Target Women? New Data from ACLED, GPS Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Gindele, Rebecca; Madhav Joshi; Louise Olsson; Jason Quinn; Elise Ditta & Rebecca Méndez (2018) Implementing the Final Colombian Peace Agreement, 2016–2018, GPS Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.


Olsson, Louise (2009) Gender Equality and United Nations Peace Operations in Timor-Leste. Leiden: Brill.

Book Chapter

Olsson, Louise & Theodora-Ismene Gizelis (2019) The Production of the 2015 Global Study, in Davies, Sara; & Jacqui True, eds, Oxford University Press Handbook on Women, Peace and Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press (122–134).
Olsson, Louise (2018) Same Peace – Different Quality? The Importance of Security Equality for Quality Peace, in Madhav, Joshi; & Peter Wallensteen, eds, Understanding Quality Peace. Milton Park and New York: Routledge (44–58).
Olsson, Louise (2017) Fred och säkerhet ur ett jämställdhetsperspektiv [Peace and Security in an Equal Rights Perspective], in Om krig och fred. En introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier. Lund: Studentlitteratur (259–273).
Olsson, Louise (2016) Gender inequality and internal conflict, in Oxford Research Encyclopedias of Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Olsson, Louise & Anita Schjølset (2015) Women’s participation in international operations and missions, in Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene; & Louise Olsson, eds, Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Resolution 1325. Milton Park and New York: Routledge.
Olsson, Louise (2008) Resolution 1325 och den Nordiska Snabbinsatsstyrkan, in Förutsättningar för att verka internationellt - Slutrapport från temaområde Människan i NBF 2004 - 2008. Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan.
Olsson, Louise (2005) The Namibian Peace Operation in a Gender Context, in Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping. Boulder & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.

Edited Volume

Gizelis, Theodora-Ismene; & Louise Olsson, eds, (2015) Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Resolution 1325. Milton Park and New York: Routledge.
Tryggestad, Torunn L.; & Louise Olsson, eds, (2001) Women and International Peacekeeping. London & Portland: Frank Cass Publishers. Cass Series on Peacekeeping.

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.

Report - External Series

Olsson, Louise (2019) Insights from the Inside: Women’s Mediation Networks as a Tool for Influencing Peace Processes, FBA Policy Briefs. Stockholm: Folke Bernadotte Academy.

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