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Call for applications for PhD course on ‘The Anthropology of Humanitarianism’ – Deadline 16 september 2018

September 12, 2018

The Research School on Peace and Conflict is welcoming applications for the PhD course ‘The Anthropology of Humanitarianism’, which is to take place at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) from 28-30 November 2018. The deadline for applications is 16 September. The course is designed for interdisciplinary students studying humanitarian studies or peace and conflict […]

International Humanitarian Studies Association: Conference call for papers

June 5, 2018

The 5th bi-annual IHSA conference, entitled “(Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response”, will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 27 to 29 August 2018. Crisis and humanitarianism has always been about boundaries. The classic view of a crisis is an exceptional moment, bounded in time and space. Humanitarian action was therefore seen as a necessarily […]

New article: Digital communication technologies in humanitarian and pandemic response

In their newly published article, The new informatics of pandemic response: humanitarian technology, efficiency, and the subtle retreat of national agency, in the Journal of International Humanitarian Action, Christopher Wilson and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, review empirical uses of communications technology in humanitarian and pandemic response, and the 2014 Ebola response in particular, and propose a three-part conceptual […]

New book series on Humanitarianism and Security: submissions welcome

March 1, 2018

Submissions are welcome for the new Berghahn Books’ series “Humanitarianism and Security”: http://berghahnbooks.com/series/humanitarianism-and-security Amid the growing convergence between the politics of aid and policing, emergency and military governance, securitization and the production of collective fear, this series examines humanitarianism and security as both ideology and practice. To this end, it offers ethnographic and theoretical analyses […]

PRIO Research Featured at Conference on Development Research

January 24, 2018

23 January, Research Director and Professor Cindy Horst presented the newly-funded REBuilD project to an audience of government representatives and NGOs invited by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The aim of the conference, launching the new projects funded under the NORGLOBAL-2 program, was to improve the communication between […]

New PRIO Policy Brief – Colombia as a Case for Rights-Based Approaches

December 21, 2017

Given the transient nature of humanitarian assistance, durable solutions for forced displacement and exit strategies for humanitarian actors require careful engagement with a host state. This highlights a central challenge for the humanitarian sector: how to relate to states? Drawing on a case study of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s use of rights-based approaches (RBA) in […]

Call for Papers: Oslo Migration Conference 2018

October 30, 2017

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Migration: Vulnerability, Protection, and Agency, to be held in Oslo 24-25 May 2018, has just announced its call for papers, due 15 December. Under the auspices of the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, the conference is organized by the research group on International Law and Governance in collaboration with the research […]

Sandvik, Jacobsen and McDonald publish new article in International Review of the Red Cross

October 25, 2017

In their newly published article Do no harm: A taxonomy of the challenges of humanitarian experimentation in the International Review of the Red Cross, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO), Katja Lindskov Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen) and Sean Martin McDonald (FrontlineSMS) explore the notion of ‘humanitarian experimentation’. Whether through innovation or uncertain contexts, managing risk is a core component […]

Sandvik moderates ‘Aleppo: The Fall’ panel

October 18, 2017

On 14 October, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) moderated the panel ‘Aleppo: The Fall‘  hosted by SPACE: Syrian Peace Action Centre at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. In 2016, one of the worst human tragedies took place in Aleppo. After a few months of siege and indiscriminate shelling, tens of thousands of people were evicted from the city. Beyond […]

Lemaitre publishes new article in Third World Quarterly

October 5, 2017

In her newly published article Humanitarian aid and host state capacity: the challenges of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia in Third World Quarterly, Julieta Lemaitre (Universidad de Los Andes) investigates how humanitarian actors can operate within a host state with significant subnational variations in willingness and capacity to meet obligations. This is an issue of pressing importance, given […]

Jumbert discussed the situation in Libya on Ekko radio program

October 4, 2017

In light of new reports from MSF on the dire situation in migration detention centres in Libya, Karine Nordstrand (president, MSF Norway) and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO) were interviewed about the situation in Libya, the EU’s policies to fund and train Libyan coast guards, and the general trends in the number of migrants and refugees seeking […]

Sandvik publishes new article in Journal of International Humanitarian Action

September 26, 2017

In her newly published article Now is the time to deliver: looking for humanitarian innovation’s theory of change in the Journal of International Humanitarian Action, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) offers a critical analysis of the making of the humanitarian innovation agenda, the rapid institutionalization of the field, and the everyday practices of humanitarian innovation.  Since the publication of the […]

Successful final workshop and conference of the BraGS project

September 4, 2017

On 28 – 29 August, researchers of the Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage (BraGS) project gathered at PRIO to disseminate research findings from the project. The project sought to understand the drivers behind Brazilian humanitarian action and participation in peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities. As a new player in the field of humanitarian assistance, Brazil […]

NCHS represented at the 2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation

August 29, 2017

The 2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation, organized by the Centre on Law & Social Transformation, was held 21-25 August at the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development. The event endeavors to be a meeting place for scholars and practitioners who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change and how it […]

Jumbert comments on humanitarian rescues in the Mediterranean in Aftenposten

July 13, 2017

On 13 July, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO) was quoted in the Norwegian Aftenposten in an article discussing a group who monitors and disrupts humanitarian organizations carrying out rescue work in the Mediterranean. Jumbert noted that rescue work does not necessarily make more people travel across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Europe, and highlighted the illegal nature […]