Aiko Holvikivi

Aiko Holvikivi

Researcher - Affiliated Doctoral Candidate

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

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Aiko Holvikivi is a Researcher at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies. Her doctoral research focuses on gender training for military peacekeepers, and is enabled by an LSE PhD studentship and an LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security fieldwork grant.

Aiko’s thesis examines epistemologies of gender training: the ways in which training produces knowledge about gender, and the processes of circulation, translation, resistance and negotiation that are involved. Aiko’s broader research interests relate to how transnational movements of knowledges and of people are produced by and productive of gender and (in)security, and how these movements relate to practices of security and violence. Currently, she is exploring these themes through research on gender training, sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping missions, and the European ‘refugee crisis’.

Aiko previously worked on questions related to gender and security at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for home affairs. Her professional experience includes policy research and technical advice and capacity-building in the field of gender and security sector reform. She holds an MA in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and an MA (undergraduate) with first class honours in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She is fluent in English, Finnish and French.

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