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The politics of gender expertise in peacebuilding

Research project This project explores the politics and effects of gender expertise in peacebuilding in the case of Myanmar. In particular, the relationship between international gender expertise and local women's movements and political agendas is examined. Thereby the project aims to produce new insights into the political effects of the international women, peace and security agenda in relation to local conflict dynamics and relations of power.

This project explores the politics and effects of gender expertise in peacebuilding in the case of Myanmar. Through interviews with gender experts working for international organizations, donor agencies and NGOs, and with women’s activists in Myanmar, the project analyses the content of gender expertise; the practices and strategies used by gender experts; and the power effects generated by the application of international gender expertise in processes of peacebuilding. In particular, the relationship between international gender expertise and local women's movements is examined.

Head of project

Elisabeth Olivius
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2020-01-01 2022-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Political Science

Research area

Peace and conflict studies

Project description

In recent decades, international feminist activism and research has had significant success in pushing gender issues onto the international agenda and into global governance institutions and processes. A significant but understudied outcome has been has been the development of specialized knowledge about gender relations, the packaging of this knowledge as expertise, and the formation of cadres of gender experts around the world.

This project explores the politics and effects of gender expertise in peacebuilding in the case of Myanmar. Through interviews with gender experts working for international organizations, donor agencies and NGOs and with activists within the Burmese women's movement, the project analyses the content of gender expertise; the practices and strategies used by gender experts; and the power effects that are generated by the application of international gender expertise in processes of peacebuilding in Myanmar. In particular, the relationship between international gender expertise and local women's movements and political agendas is examined.

Addressing these questions, the project will significantly advance knowledge about the content and practices of international gender expertise in peacebuilding, and about its political effects in relation to local conflict dynamics and relations of power. In addition, it will provide timely new insights into the gendered dynamics of peacebuilding in Myanmar.