Annika Björkdahl

Annika Björkdahl


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Personal profile


Political Science | Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Spatial turn in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Politics of Memory and Cultural Heritage of War
  • Peacebuilding, Transitional Justice and Gender Just-Peace
  • Divided Cities and Urban Peacebuilding

Current research

Annika Björkdahl’s research includes international and local peacebuilding with a particular focus on urban peacebuilding, and gender and transitional justice and she is currently directing four research projects: Troubling Testimonies: Women's Narratives of War (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science, 2020–2023), Vulnerable Cities (FORMAS 2016–2020); The Politics of Memory (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science, 2016–2019) and Cultural Heritage of Conflict: Peacebuilding and the Politics of Memory, (Swedish Research Council, 2016–2019. Among her recent publications are the research monograph Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation. Peace, Space and Place. (2016 Routledge), co-edited volumes Spatialising Peace and Conflict: Mapping the Production of Place, Sites and Scales of Violences (2016 Palgrave), Peacebuilding and Friction: Global and Local Encounters in Post-Conflict Societies (2016 Routledge), Divided Cities–Governing Contested issues (2015 Nordic Academic Press), Importing EU norms? Conceptual Framework and Empirical Cases (2015 Springer), and she has been guest editor of two special issues; "Space for Peace, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (2022) 16(5), and ”Precarious peacebuilding: Friction in Global-Local Encounters”, Peacebuilding 1(3). Björkdahl has also published articles in journal such as Political Geography, Peace and Change, Human Rights Review, Journal of European Public Policy, International Peacekeeping, Security Dialogue and Millennium. Annika Björkdahl is the editor in chief of the international peer review journal Cooperation and Conflict (Sage) (2013–).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science