Research Courses

19 - 22 Mar 2018

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Ethnographic Fieldwork Methodology: Approaches, Tools and Ethics

This course prepares participants for conducting ethnographic fieldwork and using fieldwork data in social-science research. By 'fieldwork' we mean data collection through face-to-face interaction with people in their daily lives, using participant observation, interviews, or a combination of the two. The course pays particular attention to the challenges of doing fieldwork in challenging circumstances, such as those that are often encountered in research on peace and conflict, or in the contexts of migration and displacement. 

Application deadline: 1 February 2018

16 - 20 Apr 2018

UiT, Kirkenes Campus


​This PhD course will address the historic and current relationships between Norway and Russia – and other relevant international actors operating in the region – and how these affect human/security in the Arctic. 

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NB! Application code: 9306, Course code: SVF-8058

Application deadline: February 1st 2018 

07 - 11 May 2018

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Dynamics of Armed Conflict

​This course provides an overview and critical assessment of contemporary research on civil conflict.  It will be in equal measure backward looking, assessing the state of the art; what have we learned; and future oriented, exploring the cutting edge issues and challenges for students of civil war.

The course is organized in collaboration between PRIO and UiO 7-11 May (no class on 10 May).

20 - 24 Aug 2018

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.  The first part surveys key methods, including case studies, case selection and a number of techniques designed to capture process.  The latter include practice analytics, process tracing, agent-based modeling, and interviewing.  Where ever appropriate, students will be introduced to both the positivist and interpretive variants of particular methods - interviewing and process tracing, for example.  In the course's second part, we move from the conceptual to the applied, examining key examples of case and process methods in action - in conflict zones and post-conflict settings.  Epistemology, ethics, data access, measurement and transparency are key themes throughout.  The fundamental goal is for students to acquire sufficient knowledge to be smart and rigorous users of case-based research in conflict and post-conflict settings.

The application form for this course will open in April 2018.

01 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium

Societal security in Europe: a reassessment

Dates, course description and registration TBA in 2018

14 - 20 Oct 2018

Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus Course on Peace and Conflict (For Research School members and their supervisors)

The objective of this course is twofold: on the one hand, it will examine the theory of peace and conflict research (its nature, scope, impact and recent trends) and on the other it will consider some (although by no means all) of its chief topics, including: non-violent strategies for political change, military intervention and the changing character of war, norms of war in comparative religious perspective.

The course is organised in collaboration between UiO, NTNU and PRIO, and is hosted by the PRIO Cyprus Centre. Only members of the Research School (and their supervisors) are eligible to enroll in this course.

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