My name is Anne-Kathrin Kreft, and I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Political Science department at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. With funding from the Swedish Research Council, I am carrying out a three-year, mixed-methods project examining gendered backlash against civil society actors in post-conflict settings. This research extends my PhD dissertation (2019), which examined domestic and international responses to conflict-related sexual violence, with a dual focus on women’s civil society mobilization and the implementation of the global Women, Peace and Security framework. For my dissertation, I was honored with the 2020 Christiane-Rajewsky-Prize for junior conflict researchers 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 in the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Affairs, International Peacekeeping and Comparative Political Studies.
An issue about which I care deeply is fieldwork preparedness and how doing “difficult” research affects the researcher. You can read my reflections and advice on this topic on this website. There is also a Times Higher Education piece about my experiences with researching conflict-related sexual violence.
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 Nordic crime fiction and northern lights enthusiast and enjoy traveling and photography. Squirrels are the best.