Sofie Rose

PhD Fellow, Master of Social Science in International Security and Law

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My key research areas are gender, peace and conflict. I am especially interested in war crimes, protection of civilians during and post conflict and gender crimes such as sexual violence. In my research I build on feminist theory and I am often inspired by sociology and philosophy.

My research is focused on the civilian perspective in conflict and bottom-up approaches. I am mainly interested in qualitative methods such as narrative inquiry and discourse analysis. Currently my research focus on stigmatization against survivors of war-time abuses such as sexual violence and child soldiering. 


I am happy to supervise students who would like to write projects about gender and conflict, conflict-related sexual violence, atrocity crimes and genocide (including from a legal perspective), the responsibility to protect (R2P), the laws of armed conflict, protection of civilians, ethics of war and peace, human rights issues related to conflict and human rights law and/or who wants to use feminist IR theory. Other proposals are also welcomed.

Research areas

Currently researching: "The Politics of Masculinity and Stigmatization of Ukrainian Men Fleeing the War." Funded by DFF.  

Education/Academic qualification

International Security and Law, Master of Social Science, MA thesis: "Reassesing the Crime of Genocide: An analysis of whether the genocide-label matters for prevention, justice and reconciliation", University of Southern Denmark

Award Date: 27. Jun 2017

History and Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts, BA thesis: The Discursive Change in the UN's Handling of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones", Aarhus University

Award Date: 1. Jun 2015

External positions

Chairwoman, The Danish Foreign Policy Society Aarhus


Research areas

  • Security and Conflict
  • Gender Studies
  • Sexual violence
  • Protection of Civilians
  • Peacebuilding
  • peacekeeping
  • EU and Europe
  • EU som udenrigspolitisk aktør
  • EU peacebuilding
  • Human Rights
  • Gender issue
  • International human rights law
  • International Law
  • Atrocity crimes
  • genocide
  • gender crimes
  • Philosophy of international law
  • International Organizations
  • European Union
  • United Nations
  • African Union
  • Just War
  • ethics of war and peace
  • nonviolent peacebuilding
  • Unarmed civilian protection
  • ICRC
  • Peace philosophy


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  • Best research article

    Rose, Sofie (Recipient) & Olesen, Simon Mølholm (Recipient), Feb 2016

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