Gudrun Østby

Research Director

Gudrun Østby
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 88
Mobile phone: +47 98 67 15 43
Twitter: @GudrunOstby
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Research Interests

  • Armed conflict and maternal health
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Education and conflict
  • Horizontal inequalities and conflict
  • Urban violence


​​​​​​​​​Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English, Spanish, basic French.

Working experience:

2021–: Research Director, Conditions of Violence and Peace, PRIO.

2019–: Research Professor, Conditions of Violence and Peace, PRIO.

2019–2020: Visiting Researcher at the Center for International Development & Conflict Management, University of Maryland.

2019–: Deputy Editor, Journal of Peace Research.

2017–2019 : Editor-in-chief, Journal of Peace Research.

2010–2019: Senior Researcher, Conditions of Violence and Peace, PRIO.

2015–2017: Associate Editor, Journal of Peace Research.

2010–2014: Deputy Editor, Journal of Peace Research.

2006: Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security (CRISE), University of Oxford.

2005: Book Review Editor Journal of Peace Research.

2005–2010: Phd Candidate/Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

(Maternal leave April-December, 2006; September 2008-May 2009; and March-December 2012).

2005–2010: Researcher (part-time), Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.

2004: Research Assistant, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO.

2003–2004: Norwegian Red Cross Youth Delegate to Kenya Red Cross Society.


PhD, Political Science, University of Oslo, 2011.

Cand. Polit (equiv. MA), Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2003.

Cand.Mag (equiv. to B.A), NTNU and Universidad de Granada (Spain), 2001 in the areas of Political Science, English, Media Science and Psychology.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Migration Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

Popular Article

Østby, Gudrun; Trude Lappegård; Bård Harstad; Marta Bivand Erdal; Jørgen Carling; Torbjørn Skardhamar & Carl Henrik Knutsen (2018) Forskningsrådet vil snu opp ned på hvordan forskning kvalitetssikres, forbedres, vurderes og deles | Forskere ved PRIO og UiO, Aftenposten, 14 November.

PRIO Policy Brief

Osti, Davide; Philip Verwimp & Gudrun Østby (2018) Forced Displacement, Migration and Pregnancy Risk: Micro-level evidence from Burundi, GPS Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.