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Itziar Mujika Chao

Itziar Mujika Chao

Faculty, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Department of Political Science and Hegoa Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies


Itziar Mujika Chao teaches at the Department of Political Science, and is member of the Hegoa Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She holds a Ph.D in Development Studies from the UPV/EHU, and obtained her Masters in International Studies and Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies at the UPV/EHU and the University of Barcelona, respectively. Dr. Mujika Chao’s research focuses on gender politics of violent and nonviolent conflict, civil resistance, post-conflict peacebuilding and development, feminist activism, and the implementation of the United Nations’ Security Council Women, Peace and Security agenda in the Balkans, more specifically in Kosovo.

Background and education

  • (2017) PhD in Development Studies, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)
  • (2014) MA in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies, Universidad de Barcelona
  • (2010) MA in International Studies, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)
  • (2008) BA in Journalism, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • Asociación Española de Ciencia Política y de la Administración (AECPA)


Research interests

  • Feminist Peace Research
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Resistance Studies

Research projects

  • Research Group on Human Security, Local Human Development and International Cooperation of the Basque University System (IT1037-16).

Selected publications

  • Musliu, Vjosa; Mujika Chao, Itziar (eds.)

    2024.Feminist Encounters in Statebuilding. The Role of Women in Making the State in Kosovo.Routledge.Link
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar.2023.(Security in) the cracks.Critical Studies on Security,1-3Link
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar; Gusia, Linda

    2022.Unfinished activism: Genealogies of women’s movements and the re- imagining of feminist peace and resistance.In:

    Smith, Sara; Yoshida, Keina (ed)

    Feminist Conversations on Peace.Bristol:Briston University Press,pp: 49-60.LinkLogo open access
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar; Zirion Landaluze, Iker

    2022.Fieldwork ‘headaches’: Comparing Peace and Conflict research in Kosovo and the DRC.Athenea Digital,22(2): e3015LinkLogo open access
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar.2021.Veinte años de la agenda internacional sobre Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad (MPS).Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals,n.º 127 (abril 2021):15-38. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2021.127.1.15LinkLogo open access
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar; Zirion Landaluze, Iker

    2021.Development and foreign aid.In:

    Väyrynen, Tarja; Parashar, Swati; Féron, Elise; Confortini, Catia C (eds)

    Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research.London & New York:Routledge,pp: 388-398.Link
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar.2020.Aportes feministas al análisis de los conflictos y la construcción de paz en las relaciones internacionales.In:

    García Segura, Caterina; Sanahuja, José Antonio; Verdes-Montenegro, Francisco J. (coords)

    100 años de Relaciones Internacionales: Una mirada reflexiva.Valencia:Tirant lo Blanch,pp: 313-334.Link
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar.2020.Women’s organizations in post-conflict contexts.In:

    Richmond Oliver, Visoka Gëzim (eds.)

    The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies.Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11795-5.Link
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar.2020.Women's activism in the civil resistance movement in Kosovo (1989-1997): characteristics, development, encounters.Nationalities Papers,1-18. DOI: 10.1017/nps.2019.73Link
  • Mujika Chao, Itziar.2019.Mapping feminist activism in peacebuilding (1989-2017): Creation, development and impact of local women’s organizations in Kosovo.In:

    Domingues Reis Ferreira, Liliana; Muharremi, Robert (ed.)

    Creation of States and Statebuilding. Perspectives on Kosovo’s struggles for statehood ten years after independence.Rochester Institute of Technology Press, Prishtina,pp: 125-140.Link