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


20 - 24 Aug 2018


PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo


Professor Jeffrey T. Checkel, PRIO Global Fellow and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security, Simon Fraser University




Marte Nilsen,


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.


This course is free of charge, but students will have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.