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Tarja Väyrynen

Professor, Tampere Peace Research Institute

About me

I am a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Tampere Peace Research Institute


Head of Peace and Conflict Research discipline at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Vice-chair of the Research Council for Culture and Society, Academy of Finland

Fields of expertise

I have a longstanding and internationally recognized expertise in the study of conflict, conflict transformation, gender and peace as well as feminist peace research. My work theorizes everyday and corporeal practices of peace and continuums of violence.

With my Research Group on Corporeality, Mobility and Resistance (COMPORE), I have studied amongst other things human mobility, practices of governance, agency and resistance.

Research topics

  •  Conflict and conflict transformation
  •  Peacebuilding
  •  Feminist peace research
  •  Resistance and agency
  •  Environmental conflicts

Research unit

Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Faculty of Social Sciences


Research funding from the Academy of Finland for the project “Mundane Practices of Peace” (2016-2021); Prime Minister’s Office (VNK), “Inclusive Mediation: Academy of Finland, “The Body Politics of Migration (2010-14)

Selected publications

(2023) "War agency in women's auxiliary military organizations: The case of Lotta Svärd in Finland", International Feminist Journal of Politics.  

(2020) Väyrynen, Tarja & Parashar, Swati & Feron, Elise & Confortini, Catia (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. New York, London: Routledge.

(2019) “Mundane peace and the politics of vulnerability: a nonsolid feminist research agenda”, Peacebuilding 7(2): 146-157.

(2019) Väyrynen, Tarja, Corporeal Peacebuilding: Mundane Bodies and Temporal Transitions, London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2017) Väyrynen, Tarja, Puumala, Eeva, Pehkonen, Samu, Kynsilehto, Anitta and Vaittinen Tiina Choreographies of Resistance: Mobile Bodies and Relational Politics, London, New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

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