About

Welcome! My name is Anne-Kathrin Kreft, and I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at the University of Oslo. My research focuses primarily on gender-based political violence, with a particular focus on armed conflict. My major research areas are civil society in conflict-affected settings, international responses to conflict violence, and public opinion. For my PhD dissertation “Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Threat, Mobilization and Gender Norms” (University of Gothenburg, 2019) I received the 2020 Christiane-Rajewsky-Prize for junior conflict researchers awarded by the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies.

In my research, I combine quantitative analysis, qualitative research and survey experiments. In 2017 and 2018, I completed a total of four months of fieldwork in Colombia, where I interviewed civil society representatives, international organization staff, diplomats, government officials and ex-combatants about their perceptions of and work on conflict-related sexual violence. I have also carried out elite interviews in New York, Oslo, Stockholm and Berlin. My work is published inter alia in the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Review and International Peacekeeping.

An issue about which I care deeply is fieldwork preparedness and mental well-being during “difficult” research. I have published some reflections and advice on this topic on this website, a conversation piece with Philipp Schulz and co-authored a field research guide for graduate students with Ezgi Irgil, Myunghee Lee, Charmaine Willis and Kelebogile Zvobgo. There is also a Times Higher Education piece about my experiences with researching conflict-related sexual violence.

I have been a visiting researcher at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, at the Peace Research Institute Oslo and the Center for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. In the past, I completed short-term positions and internships at KfW Development Bank (Frankfurt), GIZ (Lusaka), the German Foreign Office (Berlin) and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (New York). I am a crime fiction and northern lights enthusiast and enjoy traveling and photography. Squirrels are the best.