PRIO is one of the oldest peace research institutions in the world, combining its primary research arm with with applied activities in the fields of peacebuilding,
conflict resolution and political science.
The institute is divided into four sections (researching social dynamics, dimensions of security, the conditions of violation and peace, along with their PRIO Cyprus center in the Mediterranean) with three interdisciplinary centers focused on questions of gender, humanitarianism and conflict patterns.
It aims to combine quantitative and qualitative approaches to generate holistic perspectives on topics as varied as migration, religion, business & peace, urbanization, the environment, law & ethics, security, regions & powers, media, non-state conflict actors, civilians in conflict, peacebuilding and governmance. They publish their work in international journals as well as within their own publications: the Journal of Peace Research
and Security Dialogue
Beyond their academic work, they host seminars bringing together academics, policy makers and practitioners. Their newsletters, blogs and op-eds make their work accessible to the general public. Their ongoing series of policy briefs
describe their main findings in short, 4-page documents that detail recently completed research projects. Their goal? Make the necessary research seen
, make it used
and make it count
Their yearly summer school, in collaboration with the University of Oslo, invites young academics & professionals to learn about the foundations of peace research as well as the questions that currently dominate the field. In 2018, I participated in the program. The following posts summarize the seminars prepared by the PRIO team.