My name is Anne-Kathrin Kreft, and I hold a PhD in Political Science (2019) from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. My dissertation examined responses to conflict-related sexual violence, with a focus on women’s civil society mobilization and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security framework. In spring 2020, I will start a postdoc project examining backlash against women’s civil society actors in post-conflict settings, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Other research interests include political and gender-based violence generally, international responses to armed conflict and women’s rights.

My research combines 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 former combatants about their perceptions of 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 Peacekeeping and Comparative Political Studies. On this website, you can also find my reflections on how doing “difficult” research may affect the researcher and what this implies for fieldwork preparedness. You can find a related Times Higher Education piece about my experiences with researching conflict-related sexual violence here.

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.