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Jenny Hedström

Title: Postdoctoral Researcher School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303123

Room: F3122

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About Jenny Hedström

Jenny Hedström is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Gender Studies at Örebro University. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Monash Gender, Peace & Security Centre, Monash University, Australia, and a master degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. Her thesis research examined how the political economy of the household supports the militarisation of non-state armed groups, with a focus on the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) in Myanmar.  Jenny was previously employed under the Varieties of Peace Programme at Umeå University, focusing on everyday peace in Kayah State and Mon State (Myanmar). Her current project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, explores the politics and effects of gender expertise in peacebuilding in Myanmar.


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Articles in journals

Hedström, J. (2019). Confusion, Seduction, Failure: Emotions as Reflexive Knowledge in Conflict Settings. International Studies Review, 21 (4), 662-677.
Hedström, J. (2019). Militarization in five vignettes. Critical Military Studies, 5 (2), 189-190.
Hedström, J. (2019). Women Writing on Myanmar: There’s a Problem With How We Study Burma. The Irrawaddy, September.
Hedström, J. (2017). Fear and fieldwork in Myanmar. International feminist journal of politics, 19 (3), 386-387.
Hedström, J. & Kvist, J. (2017). Kvinnoorganisationer nyckel till jämställdhet i Burma. Biståndsdebatten (Mars).
Hedström, J. (2016). No peace without involving women. Myanmar Times (December).
Hedström, J. (2016). No peace without women. New Mandala (December).
Hedström, J. (2016). The political economy of the Kachin revolutionary household. The Pacific Review, 30 (4), 581-595.

Articles, book reviews


Hedström, J. & Smith, J. (2013). Overcoming political exclusion: strategies for marginalized groups to successfully engage in political decision-making (1ed.). Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Chapters in books

Hedström, J. & Cardenas, M. (2021). Armed Resistance and Feminist Activism. In: Tarja Väyrynen, Swati Parashar, Élise Féron, Catia Cecilia Confortini, Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research (pp. 148-156). . Routledge.
Olivius, E. & Hedström, J. (2020). Young women’s leadership in conflict: Crossing borders in Myanmar. In: Katrina Lee-Koo, Lesley Pruitt, Young Women and Leadership. London & New York: Routledge.
Hedström, J. (2016). A Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Gendered Insecurity and Political Violence in Kachin State. In: Cheesman, Nick; Farrelly, Nicholas, Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion (pp. 67-89). Singapore: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute.
Hedström, J. (2016). Before I joined the Army, I was like a Child: Militarism and Women’s Rights in Kachinland. In: Sadan, Mandy, War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar: the Kachin ceasefire, 1994-2011 (pp. 236-256). Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
Hedström, J. (2015). Myanmar. In: Jenny Hedström; Thiyumi Senarathna, Women in conflict and peace (pp. 61-87). Stockholm: International IDEA.
Hedström, J. (2013). Solidarity in Exile?: The influence of gender politics in the pro-democracy struggle in Myanmar. In: Journeys from exclusion to inclusion: marginalized women's successes in overcoming political exclusion (pp. 234-265). Stockholm: International IDEA.
Hedström, J. (2013). Solidarity in Exile? The Influence of Gender Politics on the Pro-Democracy Struggle in Myanmar. In: Journeys from exclusion to inclusion: marginalized women's successes in overcoming political exclusion (pp. 234-265). Stockholm: International IDEA.
Hedström, J. (2008). Rights of Women. In: Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2008 (pp. 784-815). Myanmar: Burma Myanmar Library.
Hedström, J. (2006). Burma. In: Carolin Nilsson, Järnfjäril: om Aung San Suu Kyi och Burmas skitiga historia. Stockholm: Silc förlag.
Hedström, J. (2005). Rights of Women. In: Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2005 (pp. 239-261). Myanmar: Burma Myanmar Library.

Collections (editor)

Hedström, J. (ed.) & Senarathna, T. (ed.) (2015). Women in conflict and peace (1ed.). Stockholm: International IDEA.

Conference papers

Hedström, J. & Phyo, Z. M. (2020). Friendship and Intimacy in Research on Conflict: Implications for Feminist Ethics. Paper presented at 9th Annual IFJP conference: Subversions and Solidarities through Feminist Collaborations and Crossings, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA, March 6-7, 2020.
Hedström, J. & Olivius, E. (2019). Rejecting illiberal peace: equality, justice and respect in local conceptions of peace in Kayah State, Myanmar. Paper presented at The Varieties of Peace Asia Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia, October 22-24, 2019.
Hedström, J. & Thomas, S. (2019). "States of exceptions”: Implementing gender-sensitive justice mechanisms in Northern Myanmar. Paper presented at European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG 2019), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 4-6, 2019.
Hedström, J. & Olivius, E. (2018). Militarized Nationalism as a Platform for Feminist Mobilization? The Case of the Burmese Women’s Movement. Paper presented at WOMENsPEACE, Academic Conference on Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar, Bangkok, Thailand, March 5, 2018.
Hedström, J. & Olivius, E. (2018). The Politics of Wartime Sexual Violence in Myanmar. Paper presented at 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic, September 12-15, 2018.
Hedström, J. & Olivius, E. (2018). The Politics of Wartime Sexual Violence in Myanmar. Paper presented at Swedish Peace and Conflict Network (PRIS), Biannual Symposium, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, September 27-28, 2018.
Hedström, J. (2017). As Strong as Men: Women in the Kachin Independence Army. Paper presented at 42nd Annual Conference, British International Studies Association (BISA 2017), University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, June 13, 2017.
Hedström, J. (2017). Fear, Failure and Fieldwork. Paper presented at 6th Annual Conference of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, South Asian University, New Delhi, India, April 10-11, 2017.
Hedström, J. (2017). Gender and Violence in Kachinland. Paper presented at Kachinland Research Symposium, Myitkyina, Myanmar, April 26, 2017.
Hedström, J. (2017). The Political Economy of Violence and Gender. Paper presented at Oxford-SOAS Graduate Student Workshop, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, May 26-28, 2017.
Hedström, J. (2015). Gender and Conflict in Kachin State. Paper presented at 4th Annual Conference of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP 2015), University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, June 18-19, 2015.
Hedström, J. (2015). I Want to Be a Very Brilliant Fighter: Gendered Responses to the Conflict in Kachin State, Myanmar, Burma. Paper presented at Making Sense of Conflict, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, June 5-6, 2015.
Hedström, J. (2014). Research Practice. Paper presented at Burma/Myanmar Research Forum, Cornell University, USA, October 26-28, 2014.
Hedström, J. (2014). Women and the Revolution in Kachin State. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Conference, International Feminist Journal of Politics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, May 7-9, 2014.
Hedström, J. (2009). Politics and Gender at the Burmese Borderlands. Paper presented at Democratic Values and Political Practices in South-East Asia, Nordic Summer University, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 13-15, 2009.




Hedström, J. (2019). Myanmar in transition: China, conflict, and ceasefire economies in Kachin State. Stockholm: Utrikespolitiska Institutet (UI Paper 4/2019).
Buchanan, C. & Hedström, J. (2016). The Women Are Ready: An Opportunity to Transform Peace in Myanmar. Yangon Myanmar: The Pease Support Fund (PSF Discussion Paper 1).