Helga Hernes

Senior Adviser

Helga Hernes
Helga Hernes left PRIO in 2017. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


​​Languages spoken:

German, English, Norwegian

Working experience:

2006 -2011 Chair of the Norwegian Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee
1 Jan 2006 - Senior Adviser at PRIO
2004-2005: Senior Researcher, NOVA, Oslo
2002-2004: Norwegian Ambassador to Switzerland and the Holy See
1998-2003: Norwegian Ambassador to Austria, Bratislava and UN (Vienna)
1993-98: Special Adviser to the Norwegian MFA in peacekeeping operations and peacebuilding
1993-98: Adjunct Professor, Political Science, University of Oslo
1993-96: Director, CICERO (Center for International Climate and Energy Policy, Oslo)
1990-93: State Secretary, Norwegian MFA
1989-90: Director of Research, Norwegian Institute for Social Research
1988-89: State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
1983-88: Director of Research, Norwegian Institute for Social Research
1980-83: Director of Research, Research Council of Norway
1970-80: Senior lecturer in comparative politics, University of Bergen


1974-75: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal.
1970: PhD Political Science, the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
1967: MA Political Science, the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
1961: BA Political Science, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.

2002: Honorary Doctor, University of Stockholm
1993: Honorary Doctor, University of Tromsø


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Hernes, Helga (2013) Fra stemmeretten til dagens likestillingspolitikk [From voting to current equality policy], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 30(4): 377–385.

Book Chapter

Hernes, Helga (2011) Gender Perspectives on Civilan Security Concerns and Policies, in Sainsbury, Diane; & Maritta Soininen, eds, Kön, Makt, Nation: Festskrift till Maud Eduards. Ellanders.
Hernes, Helga (2008) De nye krigene i et kjønnsperspektiv [The New Wars in a Gender Perspective], in Skjeie, Hege; Inger Skjelsbæk; & Torunn L. Tryggestad, eds, Kjønn, krig. konflikt. Oslo, Norway: PAX (17–32).

Edited Volume

Hernes, Helga; Kathleen Kuehnast; & Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, eds, (2011) Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace.

Popular Article

Hernes, Helga; Inger Skjelsbæk & Torunn L. Tryggestad (2006) Fred og fattigdom [Peace and Poverty], Dagbladet, 10 December.

PRIO Policy Brief

Hernes, Helga (2014) Global Aspects of Women’s Participation, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Ormhaug, Christin Marsh; Patrick Meier & Helga Hernes (2009) Armed Conflict Deaths Disaggregated by Gender, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Blog Posts

Global Aspects of Women’s Political Participation

Posted by Helga Hernes on Wednesday, 19 November 2014

In the wake of World War II three major political trends have formed international development; the human rights revolution, the diffusion of democracy, and the growing acceptance of gender equality. All three trends have contributed to significant increases in women’s participation, representation and influence. Yet great contrasts persist in women’s ... Read more »

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