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.
- Gender experts and critical friends: research in relations of proximity, European Journal of Politics and Gender, 2019
- (with Audrey Reeves). The WPS agenda and the 'Refugee Crisis': Missing connections and missed opportunities in Europe. LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working Paper Series, 6/2017.
- (with Bojana Balon, Anna Björssön, Tanja Geiss, Anna Kadar, Iryna Lysychkina and Callum Watson (eds)). Handbook on Teaching Gender in the Military. Geneva: DCAF and PfPC, 2016.
- (with Kristin Valasek). How to integrate gender into military curricula in Bojana Balon, Anna Björssön, Tanja Geiss, Aiko Holvikivi, Anna Kadar, Iryna Lysychkina and Callum Watson (eds), Handbook on Teaching Gender in the Military (pp. 81-98). Geneva: DCAF and PfPC, 2016.
- What Role for the Security Sector? An SSR Approach to Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Connections Quarterly Journal, 14(3), 31-44, 2015.
- (with Kristin Valasek). Summary and analysis of findings in Miranda Gaanderse and Kristin Valasek (eds), The Security Sector and Gender in West Africa: A Survey of Police, Defence, Justice and Penal Services in ECOWAS States. Geneva: DCAF, 2011.
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