Ongoing Research Projects


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

Peace and Security

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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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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Can the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and International Humanitarian Law Join Forces?

A research program on the synergies between IHL and WPS at the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security with support from the Government of Liechtenstein. Explore findings from a report and policy brief here.

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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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.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment

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
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI in Higher Education

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource project provides research and tools for schools of international affairs and public policy striving to improve their curriculum, school culture, and the diversity of their school community. The effort compiles the academic evidence that it is important to integrate DEI into curricula and to create an inclusive school climate.  Further, the project compiles scholarly research, syllabus guides, and resources for advancing the focus on DEI in higher education.

Commitment 2025

The Institute for Women, Peace and Security is supporting the Governments of Finland and Spain in creating a framework for assessing progress advancing Commitment 2025, a multilateral effort to advance women’s inclusion in peace and security worldwide. Drawing on data from a wide range of sources globally, the GIWPS team is creating a monitoring and reporting system that will enable streamlined tracking of progress advancing implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and related international law