Inger  Skjelsbæk

Inger Skjelsbæk

Visiting Senior Fellow

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

About me

Inger Skjelsbæk is Research Professor in political psychology at Center for Gender, Peace and Security (GPS), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Associate Professor in culture and community psychology at the Department of Psychology and Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo.

Inger was the Deputy Director at PRIO from 2009 – 2015 and she has been research director for two of PRIOs research departments, Dimensions of Security 2013 -2014 and Ethics, Norms and Identities 2008 – 2009. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and she has been a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEES) in 2002-2003 and a guest researcher Human Rights Center (HRC) in 2011 and 2012, both at the University of California, Berkeley.

She started her research career by studying the formation of female identities in conflict areas. Through her PhD dissertation which focused on the aftermath of the mass rapes and sexual violence during the Bosnian war from 1992-1995 and then, second, through a postdoc project focusing on perpetrators of sexual violence crimes also from the Bosnian conflict. Her current research builds on these past themes but has also expanded to transitional justice issues.

Selected projects (ongoing):

  • 2016 – 2019 Research Leader of the social science pillar in the project Nordic Branding funded by the University of Oslo.
  • 2015 – 2018 Research Professor and Project leader on: Research project funded by Norwegian Research Council (FRIPRO) entitled: Equal Peace? Women’s Empowerment and Multicultural Challenges in War-to Peace Transitions.
  • 2014 - 2017 Research Professor and Project leader on: Research project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Peder Sather Center for Advanced Studies, University of California Berkeley entitled: Bearing Witness: An Interview Study with ICC Judges.
  • 2015– 2017 Research Professor at PRIO Gender Peace and Security Centre.


  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2012) The Political Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia-Herzegovina. London: Routledge [Monograph]
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Dan Smith (2001) (Eds.) Gender, Peace and Conflict. London: Sage Publications. [Edited Volume]

Refereed articles:

  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2016) ‘Interpreting the interpreter: Navigating translation, interpretation, and mediation’ Culture & Psychology Vol. 22 (4) 502–519.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2015) ‘Conceptualizing the Military Perpetrator: A critical psychological reading of sentencing judgments on sexual violence offenders at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Vol. 3, No.1: 46-70.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2012) Responsibility to Protect or Prevent? Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Violence Crimes in Armed Conflicts', Global Responsibility to Protect No. 4, Vol.2: 154–171.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2010) ’Tilslørt fredspolitikk’[Veiled Peace Politics], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift, Vol. 4, 2010, pp.379 – 389.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger & Torunn L. Tryggestad, (2009). Women in the Norwegian Armed Forces. Gender Equality or Operational Imperative?', Minerva Journal of Women and War 3(2): 34–51.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger, (2009). 'Traditions and Transitions: Perceptions of 'Good Womanhood' Among Twenty Bosnian Focus Group Participants', International Feminist Journal of Politics 11(3): 392–411.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger, (2009). 'Kjønnsbasert vold i krig: Hvordan få god kunnskap og på hvilken måte?' [Gender Based Violence in War: How to get good knowledge and in which ways?], Sociologi i dag 39(2): 72–90.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2006) “Victim and Survivor: Narrated Social Identities of Women Who Experienced Rape During the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina”. Feminism and Psychology, 2006, Vol. 16 (4): 373-403.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2006) ‘Therapeutic Work with Victims of Sexual Violence in War and Post-War: A Discourse Analysis of Bosnian Experiences’. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 2006 Vol. 12 (1): 83-98.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2001) ‘Sexual Violence and War: Mapping Out a Complex Relationship’, European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 7, No.2. pp. 211-237.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2001) ‘Sexual Violence in Times of War: A New Challenge for Peace Operations?’, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.69-84.

Book Chapters:

  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2015) “Women’s experiences of war violence’ in Ericsson, Kjersti (Ed.)Women in War – The Norwegian example, London: Ashgate, pp. 217 -237.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2013).Responsibility to Protect or Prevent? Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts, In Eli Stamnes; Sara E. Davies; Zim Nwokora & Sarah Teitt (Eds.), Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security. Brill Academic Publishers, pp.81 -101.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2012) “Conceptualizing Sexual Violence Perpetrators in War” in Bergsmo, Morten; Alf Butenschon Skre & Elisabeth J.Wood (eds) Understanding and Proving International Sex Crimes Beijing: Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, pp. 495 - 509.
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2011) ‘Sexual Violence in the Post-Yugoslav Wars’ in Kuehnast, Kathleen, Chantal de Jonge Oudrat &  Helga Hernes (Eds) Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger, (2008). 'Demokrati og Likestilling' [Democracy and Gender Equality] in Knut Midgaard & Bjørn Erik Rasch, eds, Demokrati: Vilkår og Virkninger. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget (349–365).
  • Skjelsbæk, Inger (2008) “Kjønn og vold i krigssonen”. [Gender and Violence in the War Zone]. In Skjeie, Hege; Inger Skjelsbæk & Torunn Tryggestad, Red. (2008) Kjønn, Krig, Konflikt  [Gender, War and Conflict].Oslo: Pax Forlag, pp. 46 - 60.