Aiko Holvikivi is a research officer at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, where she works part time on the research projects: Feminist International Law of Peace and Security; Gender, Nature and Peace; and Gender, Conflict and Environment.
Aiko’s personal research interests relate to transnational movements of knowledges and of people, and how these are implicated in producing gendered and racialised (in)security. Her doctoral thesis ‘Fixing Gender: The Paradoxical Politics of Peacekeeper Training’ examined 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. This project involved fieldwork in East Africa, the Nordic region, West Africa, the Western Balkans, and Western Europe. She is currently preparing a monograph from this project.
Aiko has extensive experience with policy engagement and stakeholder outreach. Prior to re-entering academia, she 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. She has experience managing projects on policy research and technical advice and capacity-building in the field of gender and security sector reform, and has worked with UN Women; the Albanian State Police and Ministry for Defence; the South African National Defence Forces Peace Mission Training Centre; the Sierra Leone Police; and the UK Stabilisation Unit. She guest lectures regularly at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the UK Defence Academy.
Aiko holds a PhD in Gender Studies from LSE, 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.
- (with Audrey Reeves) Women, Peace and Security after Europe's 'refugee crisis', European Journal of International Security, 2020
- 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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