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Nikola Balvin

Knowledge Management Specialist

Nikola Balvin has a background in psychology and peace-building. She has held the position of Knowledge Management Specialist at UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti since 2013. In this role she develops methodological tools, research procedures and guidelines to facilitate quality research in UNICEF. Prior to that she was a Research Officer on UNICEF’s flagship publication 'The State of the World's Children' at the New York headquarters. Before joining UNICEF Nikola was an Associate Lecturer at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS) at the University of Queensland and managed the International Conflict Resolution Centre at the University of Melbourne. Nikola completed her Doctor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2007, examining prejudice and stereotyping towards Australia’s Indigenous peoples.
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This brief summarizes the key insights and conclusions from a discussion paper on gender socialization during adolescence, with a focus on low- and middle-income settings. By reviewing theories from psychology, sociology and biology, significant societal changes and effective programme interventions, the paper sets out to provide a more holistic picture of the influences and outcomes of gender socialization for adolescent programming and policy.


John A. Neetu; Kirsten Stoebenau; Samantha Ritter; Jeffrey Edmeades; Nikola Balvin
This paper sets out to provide a conceptual understanding of the gender socialization process during adolescence, its influences and outcomes, and practical suggestions on how to use this knowledge in the design of policies and programmes to improve gender equality.


Neetu A. John; Kirsten Stoebenau; Samantha Ritter; Jeffrey Edmeades; Nikola Balvin


What is gender socialization and why does it matter? (18 Aug 2017)

Even if you are not familiar with the concept of “gender socialization”, it is most likely that you have been influenced by it a ...

Youth engagement as a pathway to peace (16 Aug 2017)

Despite broad agreement that youth engagement is important to forging sustainable peace and development, young people are often not given th ...


Developing the Evidence Gap Map for Adolescent Well-Being


Adolescent wellbeing

A four year programme on social and structural determinants of adolescent wellbeing in low and middle income countries.