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Researcher, Inclusion Specialization, Peace and Development Programme


SIPRI is an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI provides excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development, and is an equal opportunity employer.

SIPRI is seeking a Researcher specializing on inclusion for our Peace and Development Programme. SIPRI’s Peace and Development Programme looks at what drives conflict and what drives long-term, positive change by analysing economic, social, political and environmental factors. The Inclusion Researcher will conduct high quality social science research on the relationship between inclusion/exclusion (including identity inclusion, gender, horizontal and vertical inequalities), peace and development. We contribute to both research and dialogue in order to inform policy and practice to forge a path to peace.

The Researcher specializing on inclusion may have a background in quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods or both. They should have strong knowledge of issues related to the inclusion, ethnicity and identity, society-state relations and peace research. They must work well with others, including mentoring junior staff. They must have a talent for writing and communication.  All SIPRI staff are expected to have a commitment to SIPRI’s values and mission. 

Academic discipline could include anthropology, sociology, law, international relations, economics, political science or other social science with relevant bearing on the study of inclusion and the relationship between inclusion/exclusion and peace and development. 


Main responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Inclusion Researcher is the delivery of research on Inclusion, Exclusion, Peace and Development, as directed by the Senior Researcher in Peace and Development. 

The Researcher will be responsible for:

  • Conducting research on the relationship between inclusion/exclusion and a sustainable peace;
  • Disseminating research findings;
  • Fundraising for their own research and supporting larger proposals with the Peace and Development Programme;
  • Mentoring junior staff and, if applicable, managing research assistants and interns.


In their work, the Researcher will collaborate with others to fulfil these responsibilities:

  • Due to the cross-cutting nature of inclusion, the Researcher must work with other programmes and staff at SIPRI as appropriate on research, analysis and advising;
  • Fundraising: With Senior Researchers and the Director of Studies in Peace and Development and in collaboration with the Grants Manager;


Main tasks

  • Designing, conducting, writing high quality research;
  • Communicating research findings through research papers, reports, policy briefs and other outlets;
  • Preparing their own research proposals and contributing to other research proposals prepared within the Peace and Development Programme;
  • Collaborating on issues related to inclusion with other researchers at SIPRI;
  • Mentoring junior staff, including disseminating their research;
  • Contributing to the success of the annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development;
  • Taking part in the collective life of the Institute.



The Researcher should have as a minimum the following experience:

  • 1-2 years of participation in research and of writing;
  • A record of publications that is commensurate with the length of time worked in research;
  • Proven ability to work and deliver in small teams;
  • Ease of working in oral and written English, with further language proficiency a useful advantage.


Contract period

The contract could start as early as October for the right candidate.  There is flexibility in start date to encourage a diverse range of candidates to apply.  The appointment will be two-year term. The post is full time. The salary package will be negotiated individually.


How to apply

To apply, send a short cover letter and your curriculum vitae in English to:


The initial closing date for applications is 25 July. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


For further information or confidential enquiries, please contact Dr Marina Caparini, Senior Researcher,

SIPRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

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