Current Research Projects

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The research team at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security pursues topics — including women’s roles in preventing conflict and building peace, expanding women’s economic opportunities, and addressing global threats like climate change.

The research outputs range from policy briefs to major global reports, as well as peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. We are grateful to all the partners supporting our research. 

Our current research projects are outlined below. For more information, please contact giwps@georgetown.edu.

Beijing +25: Accelerating Progress for Women

In collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, this report will provide a series of bold recommendations for creating a future that champions gender justice. Release date: September 2020.

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The Women, Peace and Security Index

The 2021 WPS Index

In collaboration with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), and with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the third edition of the WPS index will holistically measure the well-being of women across the world’s countries by generating new index scores and rankings. Release date: October 2021.

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WPS Index and COVID-19

In collaboration with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) and with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, this paper explores the relationship between countries’ scores on the 2019 WPS Index and the INFORM Global Risk Index. Release date: July 2020.

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United States Women, Peace and Security Index

This research—supported by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation—aims to measure the wellbeing of women in all fifty states of the United States. Release date: October 2020.

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Peace and Security

The Impact of Women Peacekeepers on Mission Effectiveness

This research—supported by Global Affairs Canada’s Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations—will suggest indicators to measure United Nations PKO effectiveness and examine to what extent female peacekeepers affect UN PKO effectiveness.

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Book Chapter: Gender, Development and Security

The chapter, “Gender, Development and Security” will appear in the upcoming Routledge book The Gender and Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century. Release date: Summer 2020.

Book Chapter: Securitizing Youth

Dr. Jeni Klugman and Matthew Moore co-authored a chapter in the upcoming volume Securitizing Youth: Young People’s Roles in the Global Peace & Security Agenda, which will offer new insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by young women and men in their efforts to build more peaceful, inclusive, and environmentally secure societies.

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Advancing Women’s Participation in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

In 2019, GIWPS and the Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the UN launched a joint-initiative through a series of panel discussions and a research project which aims to advance and operationalize inclusive approaches to post-conflict reconstruction.

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Explaining Trends in the Frequency of Gender-Sensitive Provisions in Peace Agreements 1990-2019

New quantitative research analyses 352 peace agreements between 1990 and 2019 to explain these trends and determine what factors explain the likelihood of adopting gender-sensitive peace agreements. Release date: July 2020.

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Understanding Different Measures of Intimate Partner Violence

With support from Georgetown’s Gender and Justice initiative, this paper analyzes the differences between lifetime and current rates of intimate partner violence across a large and diverse country sample. Release date: Summer 2020.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Effect of Conflict on Women’s Long-term Labor Force Participation in Sub Saharan Africa

This research, supported by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, contributes to the growing literature on the linkages between armed conflicts and economic opportunities from a gender perspective, and addresses the question of whether the effects are sustained over the medium-to-long term. Release date: July 2020.

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Mobile Phone Technologies as an Opportunity for Women’s Financial Inclusion

This research—which will be published as a chapter in the upcoming volume Technology and Women’s Empowerment—considers the relationship between digital financial services and advancing women’s financial inclusion, especially in developing economies. Release date: Spring 2021.

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Gender and Climate Change

Promising Practices for Supporting Women-led Efforts to Address Conflict and Climate Change

This research project studies the nexus of climate, conflict, and gender with support from the Scintilla Foundation. Release date: September 2020.

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