Research Courses

19 - 22 Mar 2018

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Ethnographic fieldwork methodology: approaches, tools and ethics

This course prepares participants for conducting 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. The sessions roughly follow the chronology from pre-fieldwork planning to post-fieldwork representation of data, and address both practical and principle concerns at each stage. Discussions of ethical challenges are integrated throughout. Rather than attempting to provide blueprint answers, the course seeks to help participants reflect upon the dilemmas and challenges of fieldwork and make informed decisions for their own research.

16 - 20 Apr 2018

UiT, Kirkenes Campus

01 - 31 May 2018

PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Societal security in Europe: a reassessment

Pre-announcement. Dates, course description and registration TBA towards the end of 2017

This course provides an overview of scholartly perspectives and debates essential to the study of societalsecurity in Europe.

The course is organised in collaboration with the Societal Security Network (SOURCE) - Virtual Centre of Excellence on Societal Security in Europe,funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.  

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.

13 - 20 Oct 2018

Nicosia, Cyprus

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

The course is organised in collaboration between UiO, NTNU and PRIO, and is hosted by the PRIO Cyprus Centre.

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31 Aug 2017 - 06 Sep 2017
28 - 30 Nov 2016
21 - 23 Nov 2016
11 - 15 Aug 2014
12 - 15 May 2014

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