The Research School on Peace and Conflictinvites applications for the PhD course "Advanced Qualitative Methods in Conflict Studies: Case Research and Process Analytics" to take place at PRIO in Oslo on 17-21 August 2020.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2020.

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.

Course leader: Jeffrey T. Checkel, Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute (Florence), and PRIO Global Fellow.

The course is free of charge, but students will have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. PhD students will normally be prioritized.

The course equals 10 ECTS (with approved essay) according to the standards of the University of Oslo.

Please visit the course page for further information and to submit your application.