Trude Stapnes

Doctoral Researcher

Trude Stapnes
Mobile phone: +47 48 15 28 90

Research Interests

​My current research focuses on the role of artists and artistic expressions after the 2021 military coup in Myanmar. I am interested in how artists are responding to the coup and how the coup has affected their artistic practice. Currently I am exploring the ways in which artists are engaging in a form of everyday resistance through their work. 


I am a Doctoral Researcher at PRIO and the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. My PhD is part of the project Inspirational creative practice: The work of artists after war and violent conflict (INSPIRE) at PRIO. Please visit the INSPIRE website to learn more about the project. 

I hold a master’s degree in cultural and community psychology from the University of Oslo. In my MA thesis I explored why people protest in contexts known for violent suppression and imprisonment of protesters, specifically focusing on student activists in Myanmar protesting against the enactment of a new education law in 2015. My MA thesis was part of the PRIO project Societal Transformation in Conflict Contexts (TRANSFORM).

I have previously worked as a Research Assistant for the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict and on various research projects at PRIO including: Societal Transformation in Conflict ContextsSocial Media in Armed Conflict: The Case of Myanmar and Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies.


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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Stapnes, Trude (2023) Prefiguring a democratic state: student activism and the National Education Law in Myanmar, Compare: a Journal of Comparative and International Education. DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2023.2195047.
Stapnes, Trude & Cindy Horst (2022) Responsibility to Protest: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Motives for Protest Participation in Myanmar, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 28(1): 101–110.

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