The Nordic Africa Institute

Diana Højlund Madsen

Senior Researcher

Diana, photo.

Diana Højlund Madsen has over 20 years of practical and theoretical experience working with gender and women's rights in Africa and elsewhere. Her research expertise is on gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, women’s political representation, gender and governance and gender and conflict.

Diana Højlund Madsen holds a Ph.D. on gender mainstreaming in Africa with a focus on actors such as the national gender machinery, the women’s movement and a donor. She is inspired by theories on feminist institutionalism, intersectionality, norm translation and postcolonial feminism.

The focus for Diana Højlund Madsen's work has been on gender and conflict in Rwanda, especially the translation of UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security into practice at the level of UN, state, national and local women’s organisations. Furthermore, she has carried out a project on women’s political representation at the level of Parliament in Ghana.

Assistant Professor at the Gender Research Centre at Aalborg University, Denmark 2016

Ph.D. from the Centre for Gender, Power and Diversity at Roskilde University, Denmark 2010

Master’s degree on international development studies and public administration at Roskilde University 1999