Angela Muvumba Sellström

researcher at Department of Peace and Conflict Research

+4618-471 7156
Visiting address:
Gamla Torget 3, 1tr
753 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

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Angela Muvumba Sellström is a researcher at the University of Uppsala’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research. She has country expertise on Burundi and South Africa and 15 years of policy research experience on peace and security issues in Africa. Her doctoral dissertation (Uppsala University, 2015) examined the causes of armed group impunity for sexual violence. Her research interests include gender, wartime sexual violence, human rights, rebel groups and Africa’s regional organizations.

Keywords: rebel actors wartime sexual violence amnesty human security human rights regional organisations gender and unsc 1325

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Current research projects

  • Researcher in Associate Professor and Wallenberg Academy Fellow Lisa Hultman's project “Ending Atrocities: Third-Party Interventions into Civil Wars”.
  • Principal researcher for the three-year project (January 2016 – December 2018), “Disciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence”, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
  • Researcher in the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) project “Navigating between Big Man Politics and Democratization: Local Perceptions and Individual Agency in Processes of Electoral Violence”, project head Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Head of Research, Folke Bernadotte Academy, funded by the Swedish Research Council. (January 2015-December 2015) Uppsala, Sweden.


Principal Investigator: Project on Preventing Sexual Violence, which is based on the Swedish Research Council funded Disciplining Fighters: Understanding Armed Political Actors’ Control of Sexual Violence, January 2016-December 2018.

The main purpose is to explore how actors stop or stem the commission of wartime sexual violence and the factors that reduce its likelihood. We are interested in why and how diverse types of armed groups, with their varied agendas, motivations, institutions and gradations of sociality during wartime, create preventive cultures and pathways. Our investigation focuses on the gendered tendencies and tensions which reduce or alternatively, impart sexual predation by armed men (and women), and their logic and duration.

The work of the project entails assessing how some actors are able to discipline their fighters and how different conflict resolution processes shape these practices. Primarily, we study variation in prevention among different types of non-state armed political actors such as rebel armies and armed liberation movements. Data collection techniques include interviews and focus group research in Burundi, South Africa and Uganda.

The project will also assess the ways that the global women, peace and security agenda intersects with the prevention of sexual violence. A first step is to establish an understanding of how female mediation networks – a feature of increased efforts to involve women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding – has dealt with the problem of sexual violence. This is undertaken in the sub-project: Bands of Sisters: Mapping Female Mediator Networks, in collaboration with Folke Bernadotte Academy’s (FBA) project on Women in Peace Processes, within its Conflict Prevention Program.


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