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 domestic and global backlash against women civil society actors in post-conflict settings. This research extends my PhD dissertation (2019), which examined 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. Other research interests include political 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 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.

I also have an interest in 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.