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2022 : 67 hits

May 2022

27/05/2022
PhD Course on Gender, Peace and Conflict

Doctoral candidates from all over the world attended PRIO's PhD-level course on Gender, Peace and Conflict. 

16/05/2022
PRIO Joins Scholars At Risk Network

​​PRIO has joined Scholars at Risk (SAR), a network of over 400 higher education institutions in 39 countries working to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education and promote academic freedom.

13/05/2022
PhD-Level Course: Ethnographic Fieldwork Methodology

​​PRIO invites applications for this course, which will be taught in person in Oslo in September 2022. The application deadline is 10 June.

13/05/2022
UN Resident Coordinator for Syria Visits PRIO

​On 12 May, researchers and practitioners held interesting discussions on Syria at a roundtable at PRIO.

08/05/2022
The History of PRIO and Peace Research: New Open Access Book

​The new open access book Lives in Peace Research: The Oslo Stories explains how PRIO, the world's oldest independent peace research institute, was founded and how it survived through crises.

06/05/2022
New PhD-Level Course: Survey Methods in Migration Research

​PRIO invites applications for this course, which will be taught in person in Oslo in September 2022. The application deadline is 10 June.

05/05/2022
New Case Brief: The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)

​This new FAIR case brief by Eli Stamnes and Cedric de Coning focuses on the peace negotiations resulting in the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), finalized in September 2018.

04/05/2022
Greg Reichberg Speaks on Panel with PM Mario Draghi at Vatican Conference

​PRIO Research Professor Greg Reichberg spoke at a Vatican conference on "The Family as Relational Good".

April 2022

26/04/2022
Håvard Hegre Awarded ERC Advanced Grant

Håvard Hegre has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant of EUR 2.5 million for the project ANTICIPATE - Anticipating the impact of armed conflict on human development.

21/04/2022
Kelly Fisher Is the New Coordinator of the PRIO Migration Centre

​​Kelly Fisher takes over from Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn as the coordinator of the PRIO Migration Centre. He holds an MA in Gender Studies and is a Research Assistant working on several migration-related projects. 

20/04/2022
New Horizon Europe Project at PRIO on Security Research

​A collaborative project in which PRIO participates has been awarded a large grant from the European Union's Horizon Europe programme.

19/04/2022
Mete Hatay Receives the Necati Özkan Award

Last night, PRIO Cyprus Centre Senior Research Consultant Mete Hatay received the Necati Özkan Award by the Necati Özkan Foundation for best researcher of the last three years.

13/04/2022
Call for Applications: Placements at PRIO for UiO Master's Students

​University of Oslo master's students are now invited to apply for a place on the UiO-PRIO Student Programme.

12/04/2022
New Case Brief: Controversies of Inclusion in the Colombian Peace Process: The Balancing Act of Introducing New Norms and Gaining Popular Support

​This new FAIR case brief by Isabel Bramsen argues that inclusion is in fact a controversial issue with several dilemmas in relation to peace processes.

07/04/2022
New Case Brief: Ethical Issues and Controversies in the Astana Process: Questioning Representation and Ownership

​This new FAIR case brief by Zenonas Tziarras focuses on how the Astana process became central to the peace efforts regarding the Syria conflict after 2017, but it has been heavily influenced by the interests and positions of its three sponsors or guarantor powers: Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

01/04/2022
Kristian Skrede Gleditsch Gives the Presidential Address at ISA

​On Thursday 31 March, Kristian Skrede Gleditch of the University of Essex and PRIO gave his Presidential Address at the 2022 annual convention of the International Studies Associations (ISA) in Nashville, USA. In his talk, Kristian focused on the policy relevance of doing prediction in scientific research to improve transparency, evaluate theoretical models, highlight plausible implications of alternative future scenarios, and identify key sources of vulnerability. This marks the end of his one-year term as President of the ISA. Kristian is the second ISA President from PRIO, the first being Nils Petter Gleditsch in 2008-09.

https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/President

March 2022

21/03/2022
Tone Sommerfelt On Her Father’s Unique Anthropological Work

​The journal History and Anthropology has dedicated a special section to Norwegian anthropologist Axel Sommerfelt and his previously unpublished paper on ethnic groups and boundaries. The section has been put together by PRIO researcher Tone Sommerfelt – Axel Sommerfelt's daughter – Marek Jakoubek and Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

18/03/2022
Vacancy: Communication Director

​Do you want to contribute to enhancing the visibility and impact of peace research through strategic communication and leadership? Are you interested in research communication and skilled in public outreach? 

18/03/2022
Charles Butcher Awarded Prestigious ERC Grant

​Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Senior Researcher at PRIO Charles Butcher has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant of EUR 2 million.

16/03/2022
Open Call for 2024 Special Issue of Journal of Peace Research

​Every year, JPR publishes special issues on topics of high relevance to the field of peace research, and we are now soliciting proposals for the 2024 special issue. We welcome issues on topics that significantly advance the research frontier of the field, with a focus on causes and consequences of violence, conflict prevention and resolution, and nonviolent action. 

15/03/2022
Washington's Sanctions on Russia Will Affect Europe More than the United States

​"I am concerned that US sanctions will affect Europe more than the United States," Tzimitras, director of the PRIO Cyprus Centre, told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Last week, the United States and Britain imposed sanctions on Russia by banning oil and gas imports, while the European Union (EU) member states, which are heavily dependent on Russian gas, are trying to find alternative sources in response to Moscow's war against Ukraine.

Full interview here.

14/03/2022
Islamic Finance and Lived Religion in Denmark and Norway

Studies of lived religion among Muslims in Europe increasingly analyse how Muslims’ everyday practices are informed by religious beliefs, norms and values. This includes studies about food preparation, hijab fashion and shopping. Yet, religious influence on the economic aspects of Muslims’ everyday lives remains largely unexplored.

11/03/2022
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Visits PRIO

On Tuesday, 8 March, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited PRIO to participate in a panel discussion. The topic of discussion was how we best respond to global displacement. 

11/03/2022
Warring with Machines Conference Held in Kolkata, India

​The Warring with Machines Project co-organized a conference with PRIO Global Fellow Kaushik Roy of Jadavpur University in Kolkata. The conference was titled "AI and the Transformation of Warfare: Perspectives from South Asia and Beyond."

10/03/2022
Journal of Peace Research Special Issue 2022 is out: Special Issue on Disaster Diplomacy, guest-edited by Carmela Lutmar & Gina Yannitell Reinhardt

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn worldwide attention to the difficulties inherent to managing disasters, forcing scholars across disciplines to consider the impact disasters have on interstate relations, state resilience, patterns of violence and hostility, and the vulnerabilities that condition conflict.

03/03/2022
RedLines Project Kick-Off Meeting

​The Red Lines and Grey Zones project has been officially launched with a kick-off meeting on the 1st of March. Please find an introduction to the project presented by Kristoffer Lidén above.

01/03/2022
Halvard Buhaug Contributes to the IPCC's Latest Climate Report

​Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its Sixth Assessment Report. PRIO Research Professor Halvard Buhaug, who is a chapter lead author, presented findings at the Norwegian launch of the report.

February 2022

24/02/2022
Kumar Rupesinghe - In Memoriam

​Kumar Rupesinghe (1943–2022) passed away in Colombo in his native Sri Lanka on 19 February.

24/02/2022
Ukraine: PRIO Expertise

​The most relevant PRIO researchers to comment on aspects relevant to the Russia-Ukraine War are listed here.

17/02/2022
New PhD-Level Course: 'Migration Theory: Perspectives on Time and Temporalities'

PRIO invites applications for this course, which will be taught in person in Oslo in June 2022. The application deadline is 18 April.

16/02/2022
Migration-Related PhD Courses

​Three migration-related PhD courses will be offered at PRIO in the course of 2022: (1) Migration theory: perspectives on time and temporalities, (2) Survey methods in migration research: design, implementation, and analysis, and (3) Ethnographic fieldwork methodology: approaches, tools, and ethics.

15/02/2022
Vacancy: Communication Assistant

​We are looking for a Communication Assistant to join PRIO's communication team. 

15/02/2022
New Handbook Chapter: Understanding variation and change in migrant transnationalism

​The new Handbook on Transnationalism, edited by Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Francis L. Collins and published by Elgar, includes a chapter by PRIO Research Professor Jørgen Carling, entitled "Understanding variation and change in migrant transnationalism".

15/02/2022
New podcast episode: On co-production and collaborative research with refugees

​PRIO Senior Researcher Kasia Grabska has participated in an IMISCOE Migration Podcast episode, entitled "On co-production and collaborative research with refugees". The episode can be found here.

15/02/2022
New Handbook Chapter: Migrant transnationalism, remittances and development

​The new Handbook on Transnationalism, edited by Brenda S.A. Yeoh and Francis L. Collins and published by Elgar, includes a chapter by PRIO Research Professor Marta Bivand Erdal, entitled "Migrant transnationalism, remittances and development".

15/02/2022
New Handbook Chapter: Theorising voluntariness in return

​The new Handbook of Return Migration, edited by Russell King and Katie Kuschminder and published by Elgar, includes a chapter by PRIO Research Professor Marta Bivand Erdal and former PRIO Global Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sussex Ceri Oeppen, entitled "Theorising voluntariness in return".

15/02/2022
Hope and despair in the Indus River delta: navigating the treacherous waters of capitalism, climate change and politics

​PRIO Research Professor Marta Bivand Erdal together with Sehr Nisar, Prithvi Raj, Neha Ramchand, Furrukh Khan and Rashid Memon, have contributed a new blog post in the MIGNEX Insight series, entitled "Hope and despair in the Indus river delta: navigating the treacherous waters of capitalism, climate change and politics".

15/02/2022
Reflections on the Poland-Belarus border crisis

The Poland-Belarus Border: A Conversation with Marta Bivand Erdal in the Public Anthropologist

In this conversation with Public Anthropologist's Saumya Pandey (Doctoral Researcher at Christian Michelsen's Institute) PRIO Research Professor Marta Bivand Erdal reflects on the continuing Poland-Belarus crisis. To what extent and in what ways is this a crisis? And what are the research ethics of examining this situation - including dilemmas of distance and proximity, in the face of migration management at the border.

11/02/2022
UNRWA’s Philippe Lazzarini Debates Palestinian Refugees at PRIO

What is the current status of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)? What are its main challenges? What types of scenarios can we envision for UNRWA's future?

These were some of the questions discussed today when the PRIO Middle East Centre and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a roundtable with UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

10/02/2022
New Book: Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders

​The new book Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders, edited by Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert and Elisa Pascucci explores the emerging trend of citizen-led forms of aid at the borders of Europe, in a time of escalating conflict between states and NGOs engaged in migrant search and rescue operations across the Mediterranean.

10/02/2022
European Union-Belarus Border Crisis: Why the Narrative of “Hybrid Warfare” is Dangerous

​The 2021 EU-Belarus border crisis was preceded by a rapid deterioration of the already strained European Union (EU)-Belarus relations, in most part due to the Ryanair 4978 incident and the concomitant wide-ranging sanctions imposed by the EU on the authoritarian government of the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has often been referred by the media as "Europe's last dictator."

10/02/2022
New Book Chapter: “We Are Alive, but Have No Life”: Rohingya Refugees, Deprived of the Prospects for a Future

​The new book chapter "We Are Alive, but Have No Life": Rohingya Refugees, Deprived of the Prospects for a Future written by Senior Researcher Marte Nilsen, explores some of the everyday strategies of survival that stateless, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh make use of to navigate under the precarious conditions of being denied rights and recognition.

09/02/2022
New Case Brief: The Role of Civil Society in Peace Processes – A Case Study of Guatemala: Ethical Reflections

​The new case brief by Wenche Iren Hauge examines the Guatemalan peace process from 1990 to 1996 as an early example of the inclusion of civil society in a negotiation process. 

The Guatemalan case is an important illustration of the challenge in having to prioritize between different norms in a peace process – and in this case, ending violence came before important implications of inclusivity on other issues on the negotiation agenda.

05/02/2022
New Series of Video Portraits from West Africa

The lives and dreams of young adults in three cities are explored in the project Future Migration as Present Fact (FUMI).

04/02/2022
New Book on the Israel - Palestine Conflict

​Jørgen Jensehaugen has just published the book En kort introduksjon til Israel - Palestina-konflikten. [A brief introduction to the Israel - Palestine conflict]. There will be a book launch as soon as PRIO opens up for public events.

04/02/2022
GPS Centre Webinar on Norway’s Work on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in the Security Council

​On February 4th, the PRIO GPS Centre hosted a webinar on Norway's work on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in the UN Security Council. 

01/02/2022
Louise Olsson New Research Director

​Louise Olsson is the new Research Director for the Social Dynamics Department.

01/02/2022
Nonviolent Pro-Democracy Mobilization Tops Director's Nobel Shortlist

​PRIO Directors have made it a tradition to offer their personal shortlists for the Peace Prize.


January 2022

31/01/2022
Turkish Foreign Policy: The Lausanne Syndrome in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

​In the context of rapid developments in Turkey and its broader geopolitical environment over the past decade, this book examines and conceptualises Turkey’s changing foreign policy towards a more assertive and revisionist paradigm.

28/01/2022
Vacancies: Department Managers

PRIO is looking for two new Department Managers to support the management of Norway's fastest-growing social science research institute.

25/01/2022
New Case Brief: Excluded Palestinians: Mediator Gatekeeping in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

​This new case brief by Jørgen Jensehaugen examines the dilemma of  inclusion/exclusion, which is one of many central problems in Arab–Israeli peacemaking, by using three instances of international mediated involvement in the conflict to highlight how mediation gatekeeping has served to exclude Palestinians, either as a people, as a political unit, or as a spoiler group.

20/01/2022
EuroWARCHILD Project Kicked Off

​On January 20th, the members of the EuroWARCHILD project team met for the first time for a full-day workshop to kick off the project.

19/01/2022
New Book: Documenting Displacement

​​The new book Documenting Displacement: Questioning Methodological Boundaries in Forced Migration Research, edited by Katarzyna Grabska and Christina R. Clark-Kazak, assesses the ways in which knowledge is co-created in spaces of displacement, and how it is reproduced through narratives. 

01/01/2022
New Case Brief: Malian Women’s Participation in the Algiers Negotiations

​This FAIR case brief focuses on Malian women's participation in the Algiers negotiations in 2014­–2015. It shows how there were stark differences in perceptions of fairness when it came to women's participation among the different actors involved, including relatively strong resistance to women's participation from the international mediation team and the conflict parties in Algiers.

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