Director of Studies, Associate Professor
Clinical psychologist, Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research
Reconciliation processes after intrastate armed conflict. Truth telling and transitional justice mechanisms. Psychological health in postconflict peacebuilding. Psychological health in soldiers returning from peacekeeping operations. The effect of dialogue in inter-ethnic conflict.
Ongoing research projects:
Lectures at the Department and the Hugo Valentin Centre:
PhD candidates at Uppsala University and the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Peer-reviewed original articles
Brounéus, Karen, Mariane Wray and Peter Green (2015). "Underestimating the burden for peacekeepers? Difficulty in determining psychological well-being following operational deployment with low response rates from NZDF personnel." Journal of Military and Veterans' Health 23(2): 7-13.
Brounéus, Karen (2014). The Women and Peace Hypothesis in Peacebuilding Settings: Attitudes of Women in the Wake of the Rwandan Genocide. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol 40(1): 125-151.
Brounéus, Karen (2014). On Return from Peacekeeping: A review of current research on psychological well-being in military personnel returning from operational deployment. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health 22(1): 25–30.
Svensson, Isak and Karen Brounéus (2013). Dialogue and inter-ethnic trust: A randomized field trial of 'Sustained Dialogue' in Ethiopia. Journal of Peace Research 50(5): 563–575.
Brounéus, Karen (2010). The Trauma of Truth Telling: Effects of Witnessing in the Rwandan Gacaca Courts on Psychological Health. Journal of Conflict Resolution 54(3): 408–437.
Brounéus, Karen (2008). Truth Telling as Talking Cure? Insecurity and Retraumatization in the Rwandan Gacaca Courts. Security Dialogue 39(1): 55–76.
Brounéus, Karen (2008). Analyzing Reconciliation: A Structured Method for Measuring National Reconciliation Initiatives. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 14(3): 291–313.
Bjarnegård, Elin, Erik Melander, Gabrielle Bardall, Karen Brounéus, Erika Forsberg, Karin Johansson, Angela Muvumba-Sellström, and Louise Olsson (2015). “Gender, Peace and Armed Conflict”, SIPRI Yearbook. Oxford University Press.
Fairhurst, Rachel and Karen Brounéus (2013). The Promise of Truth Telling for Learning about the Past: The Case of the Rwandan Gacaca Courts. In Peace & Policy – Empathetic Understanding and Virtuous Dialogue in a World of Risk and Uncertainty, Eds. Kevin P. Clements and Olivier Urbain, Transaction Publishers: NJ.
Brounéus, Karen (2011). In-depth Interviewing: the Process, Skill and Ethics of Interviews in Peace Research. In Understanding Peace Research: Methods and Challenges, Eds: Kristine Höglund and Magnus Öberg, Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Brounéus, Karen (2009). Reconciliation and Development. In Building a future on peace and justice: Studies on transitional justice, conflict resolution and development, Eds: Kai Ambos, Judith Large, and Marieke Wierda, Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg.
Brounéus, Karen, 2008. Rethinking reconciliation: Concepts, Methods and an Empirical Study of Truth Telling and Psychological Health in Rwanda. PhD dissertation, Uppsala University.
Brounéus, Karen (2009) The Effects of Trauma for Peacebuilding: A Survey on Rwandan women and men 12 years after the genocide. Report for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Section for Peace and Reconciliation.
Brounéus, Karen (2003). Reconciliation: Theory and Practice for Development Cooperation. A report for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Stockholm: Sida.
Lundwall, Karen (2001). Psychological Aspects of Collective Violence and Reconciliation: A Survey of Current Research. The Current Issues Series #2. Uppsala: The Centre of Multiethnic Research, Uppsala University.
Lecturer, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand, January 2011–January 2014.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand, August 2009–December 2010.
Assistant Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2008–2009.
PhD candidate, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2002–2008.
Clinical psychologist, Private clinical practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, Uppsala, 2002–2006.
Clinical psychologist, Childrens’ psychiatric clinic (BUP), Sala, Sweden, 1999-2000.
Clinical psychologist, UNHCR, New Delhi, India, 1999.
2013: Early Career Award for Distinction in Research, University of Otago, New Zealand
2011: New Supervisor of the Year Award, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Media (a selection)
Swedish National Television, “Forska för livet [Research for life]", Kunskapskanalen, February 2015.
Radio National New Zealand, Summer Nights with Charlotte Graham, December 30, 2013.
Obs i P1, Swedish national radio, “Is the truth healing?”, interview December 10, 2013.
Channel 39 News Dunedin, New Zealand, interview June 13, 2013.
Radio National New Zealand, Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw, October 24, 2010.
ABC Radio Australia, Pacific Beat, interview September 29, 2010
Radio National New Zealand, Tangata, interview September 25, 2010
SBS Radio Australia, World View, interview September 15, 2010
Otago Daily Times, interview September 15, 2010
Channel 9 News Dunedin, interview September 14, 2010
Radio Rhema, Auckland, interview September 13, 2010
BBC, Northern Ireland, The Stephen Nolan Show, “Moving on after the conflict”, interview September 3, 2010
SR P1 Vetenskapsradion, Swedish national radio, interview on reconciliation in Spain, August 2007
SR P1 Vetandets värld, Swedish national radio, interview on the reconciliation processes in Rwanda and the Balkans, January 2007