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Tarja Väyrynen

Professor, (rauhan- ja konfliktintutkimus)
Tampere University
phone number+358401904097
City Centre Campus

About me

I am a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research and the Research Director of TAPRI. In the past, I have been a Research Fellow with the Academy of Finland.

I have studied and taught International Relations and International Conflict Analysis in Finland, the UK and the US.

Fields of expertise

I have a longstanding and internationally recognized expertise in the study of conflict, conflict resolution, gender and peace. My work theorizes materiality, the corporeality of human existence, everyday practices of peace and slow 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.

My recent research interests also include human/nonhuman encounters, environmental conflicts and their transformation.

Research topics

  •  Conflict and conflict transformation
  •  Peacebuilding
  •  Identity politics
  •  Feminist peace research
  •  Human Mobility
  •  Resistance and agency
  •  Practices of governance
  •  Environmental conflicts

Research unit

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

Research fields


2016-2020: Research funding from the Academy of Finland for the project “Mundane Practices of Peace” (400 000 euros)

Selected publications

Recent publications

(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.

(2016) “Re-thinking national temporal orders: the subaltern presence and enactment of the political”, Review of International Studies 42(4): 597-612.

(2016) “The Finnish national identity and the sacrificial male body: war, postmemory and resistance”, National Identities, 18(2): 217-232.

(2015) Väyrynen, Tarja & Eeva Puumala “Bodies of War, the Past Continuous, and (Ar)rhytmic Experiences”, Alternatives: Local, Global, Political 40(4): 237-250.

(2014) "Muted National Memory: When "Hitler's Brides" Speak the Truth", International Feminist Journal of Politics, 16(2): 218-235. DOI 10.1080/14616742.2013.773155

Articles in international peer-review journals

(2013) “Re-thinking Peace through the Figure of Parrhesiastes: Creating Agonistic Political Space”, International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution, 1(2): 147-162.

(2013) “Keeping the Trauma of War Open in the Male Body – Resisting the Hegemonic Forms of Masculinity and Finnish National Identity”, Journal of Gender Studies 22(2): 137-151.

(2011) Puumala, Eeva, Väyrynen, Tarja, Kynsilehto, Anitta & Pehkonen, Samu “Events of the Body Politic, A Nancian Reading of Asylum-Seekers’ Bodily Choreographies and Resistance”, Body & Society 17(4): 83-104.

(2011) von der Lippe, Berit & Tarja, Väyrynen, “Co-opting feminist voices for the war on terror: Laura Bush meets Nordic feminism”, European Journal of Women’s Studies 18(1): 19-33.

(2008) Jutila, Matti, Pehkonen, Samu & Tarja, Väyrynen, “Resuscitating a Discipline: An Agenda for Critical Peace Research”, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 36(3): 623-640.

(2005) “A Shared Understanding: Gadamer and International Conflict Resolution”, Journal of Peace Research, 42(3): 349-357.

(2004) “Gender and UN Peace Operations: The Confines of Modernity”, International Peacekeeping 11(1): 125-142. (Published also as (2005), “Gender and UN Peace Operations: The Confines of Modernity”, Alex J. Bellamy and Paul Williams (eds.), Peace Operations and Global Order, pp. 124-142. London and New York: Routledge)

(1998) “Medical Metaphors in Peace Studies”, International Journal of Peace Studies 3(1): 3-18.

(1998) “Ethnic Communality and Conflict Resolution”, Cooperation and Conflict 33(1): 59-80.

(1997) “Securitised Ethnic Identities and Communal Conflicts”, Peace and Conflict Studies 4(2): 5-17.

(1995) “Going Beyond Similarity: The Role of the Facilitator in Problem-Solving Workshop Conflict Resolution”, Paradigms 9(2): 71-85.

Articles in international peer-review books

(2013) “From Scientific Gaze to Vulnerable Observer: The Role of Facilitator in Conflict Resolution”, in Kevin Avruch and Christopher Mitchell (eds.), Conflict Resolution and Human Need, pp. 95-107. London and New York: Routledge.

(2013) “Corporeal Migration”, Mark B. Salter and Can E. Mutlu (eds.) Research Methods in Critical Security Studies, pp. 169-172. London, New York: Palgrave.

(2011) “Silence and Conflict Resolution”, Roland Bleiker & Morgan Brigg (eds.), Culture and Conflict Resolution, pp. 38-56. Hawaii: Hawaii University Press.

(2010) “Gender and Peacebuilding”, Oliver P. Richmond (ed.), Critical Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical Developments and Approaches, pp. 137-153. London: Palgrave.

(2006) “’The Higher Cause of Peace’: What Could and Should the Nordic States Contribute to the Development of Conflict Mediation in the European Union Context?”, Alyson J. K. Bailes, Gunilla Herolf and Bengt Sundelius (eds.), The Nordic Countries and the European Security and Defense Policy, pp. 215-233. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2005), “Gender and UN Peace Operations: The Confines of Modernity”, Alex J. Bellamy and Paul Williams (eds.), Peace Operations and Global Order, pp. 124-142. London and New York: Routledge. (Published also as “Gender and UN Peace Operations: The Confines of Modernity”, International Peacekeeping, 2004, 11(1): 125-142.)

(2004) “The Problem of Solving Ethnopolitical Conflicts”, Alessandro Gobbicchi (ed.), Globalization, Armed Conflicts and Security, pp. 141-152. Rome: Rubbetino.

(2004) “Interdependence and Fragmentation: The Articulations of Political Space in the Discourses of Integration and Ethnic Conflict”, Vasiliki Koutrakou (ed.), The European Union in Global Politics, Security, Economy, and Technology: Issues of Contemporary International Debate, pp. 10-22. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press.

(2003) “The Search for Meaning in Global Conjunctions”, Peter Mandaville & Andrew Williams (eds.), Meaning and International Relations, pp. 106-116. London and New York: Routledge.

(1999) Jeong, Ho-Won & Väyrynen, Tarja ”Identity Formation and Transformation”, Ho-Won Jeong (ed.) Conflict Resolution: Structure, Dynamics and Process, pp. 59-80. Aldershot, Brookfield, Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate.

(1999) “Socially Constructed Ethnic Identities – A Need for Identity Management?”, Christian Scherrer and Håkan Wiberg (eds.) Ethnicity and Intra-State Conflict: Types, Causes and Peace Strategies, pp. 125-144. Aldershot, Brookfield, Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate.

(1994) Burton, John & Väyrynen, Tarja, “The End of International Relations?”, A. J. R. Groom and Margot Light (eds.) Contemporary International Relations, A Guide to Theory, pp. 60-80. London, New York: Pinter Publishers.

(1993) “Problem-Solving as a Form of Conflict Resolution: Some Theoretical Challenges”, F. Pfetsch (ed.) International Relations and Pan-Europe, pp. 501-516. Hamburg: Lit Verlag.


(2001) Culture and International Conflict Resolution. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press.

(1998) New Conflicts and their Peaceful Resolution: Post-Cold War Conflicts, Alternative Means for their Resolution, and the Case of Nagorno-Karabakh. Mariehamn: Åland Island’s Peace Institute.

Edited books

(2004) Jouko Huru & Tarja Väyrynen (eds.) Kadonnutta poliittista etsimässä: Turvallisuuden, identiteetin ja retoriikan poliittisuus (The Politics of Security, Identity and Rhetorics), Helsinki: Helsinki University Press.

(2003) Tarja Seppä, Kirsi Tuominen, Unto Vesa and Tarja Väyrynen (eds.), Maailman tutkimisesta ja muuttamisesta, Juhlakirja Jyrki Käkösen täyttäessä 60 vuotta (Jyrki Käkönen’s Festschrift). Tampere: Tampere Peace Research Institute.

(2000) Tarja Väyrynen and Yrjö Uurtimo (eds.) Peace-building in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, Tampere: Tampere Peace Research Institute.