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Elisabeth Olivius

Elisabeth Olivius is an Associate Professor in political science, whose research focuses on gender and power in processes of peace and peacebuilding. 

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Affiliation
Associate professor at Department of Political Science
Location
Samhällsvetarhuset, plan 5, Umeå universitet, B5 58 21 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My research examines the gendered dynamics and relations of power of processes of peacebuilding and post-war politics. I am leading three research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council. The project “Between liberal norms and authoritarian governance: women’s organizations as peacebuilders in illiberal post-war states" is part of the Swedih Research Council's research program on civil society, and explores how women’s organizations in three post-war states in Asia are negotiating their position between international peacebuilding agendas, which position them as key partners, and authoritarian state governance which constrain their agency.  As authoritarianism is the most common regime type in post-war societies, the knowledge generated have far-reaching implications for peacebuilding research, policy and practice, and generate insights into the changing conditions for civil society in a global political era where illiberalism is on the rise.

The project “The politics of international gender expertise in peacebuilding” starts from the observation that over the past decades, gender equality goals have been institutionalized as part of peacebuilding agendas and activities. This has created a demand for specialized knowledge to facilitate the implementation of gender mainstreaming strategies, and policy frameworks such as the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda.  Knowledge about gender relations and gender equality policy has thereby been established as a specific area of expertise in peacebuilding practice, and gender experts have emerged as a new profession. This project examines the production of gender expertise in international organizations, as well as the politics of translating this knowledge into practical peacebuilding activities in Myanmar and Mindanao, the Philippines. These case studies are particularly interested in the tensions, opportunities and power dynamics that arise in the encounter between international expertise and local women’s activism as well as governing institutions.

The project “Feminists, Ethno-nationalists and Peace Activists? The Role of Diasporic Minority Women's Organizations in Burma's Conflict Transformation Process” examines the activism of diasporic minority women's organizations and its impact on conflict transformation and peacebuilding in Myanmar. Over time, the project has followed the dynamic interplay between the diasporic political space and changes in the domestic political landscape in Myanmar, first after the 2011 semi-democratic transition, and recently after the 2021 military coup.  Thereby the project contributes to new knowledge about the understudied gendered dimensions of diaspora politics and political transitions.  

Moreover, I participate in the research project “Varietiees of Peace – A Relational Approach”, and coordinates the international Varieties of Peace Research Network. I am the book reviews editor for International Feminist Journal of Politics, and a member of the steering group of SweDev, a Swedish development research network. I teach peace and conflict studies at the undergraduate level, and in the PhD program in political science.

Conflict, Security and Development
Blomqvist, Linnéa; Olivius, Elisabeth; Hedström, Jenny
Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Cardenas, Magda Lorena; Olivius, Elisabeth
International feminist journal of politics
Hedström, Jenny; Olivius, Elisabeth
Myanmar: Politics, Economy and Society, London & New York: Routledge 2021 : 186-203
Hedström, Jenny; Olivius, Elisabeth; Kay Soe, Valentina
Feministiska perspektiv på global politik, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2021 : 169-180
Olivius, Elisabeth
International feminist journal of politics, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 23, (2) : 358-360
Olivius, Elisabeth; Demir, Ebru
International feminist journal of politics, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 23, (3) : 505-507
Olivius, Elisabeth; Demir, Ebru
International feminist journal of politics, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 23, (4) : 656-658
Olivius, Elisabeth; Demir, Ebru; Lee-Koo, Katrina
International feminist journal of politics, Routledge 2021, Vol. 23, (5) : 829-831
Olivius, Elisabeth; Demir, Ebru; Lee-Koo, Katrina
International feminist journal of politics, Taylor & Francis Group 2021, Vol. 23, (1) : 170-172
Olivius, Elisabeth; Ebru, Demir
Journal of Peacebuilding and Development
Olivius, Elisabeth; Hedström, Jenny
Swedish Development Research Network 2021
Olivius, Elisabeth; Hedström, Jenny
Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 16, (1) : 3-8
Olivius, Elisabeth; Åkebo, Malin
European Journal of Development Research, Springer 2020, Vol. 32, (2) : 379-403
Hedström, Jenny; Olivius, Elisabeth
Young women and leadership, Abingdon & New York: Routledge 2020 : 45-63
Olivius, Elisabeth; Hedström, Jenny
Indonesian Quarterly, Centre for Strategic and International Studies 2020, Vol. 48, (1) : 7-12
Olivius, Elisabeth; Strandh, Veronica
Umeå Working Papers in Peace and Conflict Studies, 12
Jarstad, Anna; Eklund, Niklas; Johansson, Patrik; et al.
Asian Ethnicity, Routledge 2019, Vol. 20, (2) : 148-167
Olivius, Elisabeth
Citizenship Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 23, (8) : 761-779
Olivius, Elisabeth
Women's Studies: International Forum, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 76
Olivius, Elisabeth; Hedström, Jenny
European Journal of Politics and Gender, Vol. 2, (1) : 75-92
Olivius, Elisabeth; Rönnblom, Malin
Political participation in Asia: defining and deploying political space, London: Routledge 2018 : 169-187
Olivius, Elisabeth
Umeå Working Papers in Peace and Conflict Studies, 9
Jarstad, Anna; Åkebo, Malin; Johansson, Patrik; et al.
The international migration review, John Wiley & Sons 2017, Vol. 51, (3) : e47-e49
Olivius, Elisabeth
Critical Asian studies (Print), Vol. 43, (3) : 289-307
Olivius, Elisabeth
Gender, violence, refugees, Oxford: Berghahn Books 2017 : 58-77
Olivius, Elisabeth
Encyclopedia of women & Islamic cultures: supplement XVI
Olivius, Elisabeth
Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning, Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 2017, Vol. 41, (1) : 73-94
Olivius, Elisabeth; Rönnblom, Malin
Development Dissertation Briefs, 2016:5
Olivius, Elisabeth
International feminist journal of politics, Routledge 2016, Vol. 18, (2) : 270-290
Olivius, Elisabeth
Women's Studies: International Forum, Vol. 56 : 56-65
Olivius, Elisabeth
Umeå Working Papers in Peace and Conflict Studies, 8
Jarstad, Anna; Olivius, Elisabeth; Åkebo, Malin; et al.
The Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 27, (1) : 42-61
Olivius, Elisabeth
Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. 33, (3) : 93-117
Olivius, Elisabeth
Statsvetenskapliga institutionens skriftserie, 2014:3
Olivius, Elisabeth
St. Antony's International Review (STAIR), Vol. 9, (1) : 53-69
Olivius, Elisabeth
Building Peace, Creating Conflict?: Conflictual Dimensions of Local and International Peacebuilding, Lund: Nordic Academic Press 2011 : 149-168
Olivius, Elisabeth