Research Courses

29 Apr 2019 - 03 May 2019

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Qualitative Methods and the Study of Civil War

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This course is about the application of qualitative methods to the study of civil war.  It begins with an overview of the cutting edge in qualitative methods, intentionally casting its epistemological net broadly. We thus assess methods inspired by positivism (case studies, process tracing) and those more interpretative in nature (discourse analysis, ethnography) - the goal being to provide students with a robust set of tools for explaining and understanding the dynamics of civil war. The course also reviews the promise (and pitfalls) of methodological pluralism or so-called mixed methods, and introduces students to current debates over openness and transparency.​​

The stage set, we then explore applications of qualitative and mixed methods to the study of civil war. Our focus is not so much what these studies say about civil conflict; rather, we assess their use of qualitative methods. What slippage occurs (and why) between the abstract methodological ideal and real world applications? What counts as good process tracing in the context of civil war?  What are the special challenges of employing mixed methods? 

Application deadline: 28 January 2019 

The accepted applicants will be notifed by the end of February 2019.

06 - 08 May 2019

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Gender, Peace and Conflict

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This course presents theories and approaches to the study of the gendered dimensions of peace and conflict. We will focus on the gendered aspects of all the phases of conflict cycles (before, during and after) – from conflict risk to conflict prevention and resolution. The course will address thematic issues such as international normative frameworks on women, peace and security, sexual violence in armed conflict, DD&R processes, conflict mediation and peace agreements, international peace operations and transitional justice. Course participants will also be offered the opportunity to engage in discussions with Norwegian diplomats and practitioners involved in peace mediation efforts.

The research presented and discussed will be inter-disciplinary and based on different methodological approaches.

Application deadline: 6 March.

19 - 23 Aug 2019

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Advanced Qualitative Methods in Conflict Studies: Case Research and Process Analytics

This seminar provides an in-depth introduction to case-based methods and process analytics. We begin with some preliminaries (epistemology, ethics, transparency) and then survey key methods, including case studies, case selection and several techniques designed to capture process. The latter include interviewing, practice analytics and process tracing. Whenever possible, students will be introduced to both the positivist and interpretive variants of particular methods.  

In the course's second part, we move from the conceptual to the applied, examining case and process methods in action - in conflict zones and post-conflict settings. Epistemology, ethics, measurement and data-access/transparency are key themes throughout. The fundamental goal is for students to acquire sufficient knowledge to be smart, epistemologically plural and rigorous users of case-based research in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Deadline:5 May 2019

The course will open up for applications during February 2019. 

Recent Courses

10 - 12 Sep 2018
07 - 11 May 2018
16 - 20 Apr 2018
31 Aug 2017 - 06 Sep 2017
28 - 30 Nov 2016
21 - 23 Nov 2016

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