New MidEast policy brief on humanitarian biometrics in Yemen

April 29, 2021

​In this latest Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Middle East Centre policy brief, Piloting Humanitarian Biometrics in Yemen: Aid Transparency versus Violation of Privacy?, Maria-Louise Clausen  addresses the challenges of using biometrics for the World Food Program’s aid distribution in Yemen. It highlights the need for balanced approaches that counter fraud and aid diversion of humanitarian operations, while […]

Protection of civilians and the future of urban warfare

April 19, 2021

What do current trends in armed conflict and military technology mean for the future of urban warfare? This was just one of the many important issues discussed at a recent virtual roundtable on the future of the protection of civilians in urban warfare, hosted by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in association with the Norwegian Red […]

New Humanitarian Diplomacy podcast launched

April 12, 2021

A new podcast exploring the emerging concept of humanitarian diplomacy has just launched. Hosted by Doctoral Researcher Salla Turunen (Chr. Michelsen Institute), this first episode explores the topic of humanitarian ethics with philosopher and Senior Researcher, Kristoffer Lidén (Peace Research Institute Oslo). This episode delves into questions such as can humanitarian principles be implemented in […]

New NCHS Coordinator in place

March 9, 2021

We are pleased to introduce our new Coordinator, Emily Hume, who took over the role from Andrea Silkoset in February this year. We would like to thank Andrea for all her hard work as Coordinator over the past two years. Originally from Australia, Emily has a background in law, social policy and education and brings a […]

Protection of Civilians – Norway in the Security Council

February 18, 2021

The protection of civilians has long been a key concern for Norway. Now as Norway takes its seat at the UN Security Council for 2021-2022, the protection of civilians is one of the priority areas for the country during its term. This latest report, published by CMI and edited by NCHS director, Antonio De Lauri, […]

Webinar on 16 February examining refugee flows and clashes over land at the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier

February 10, 2021

We encourage you to join the upcoming breakfast forum webinar “Tension on the Border: Refugee flows and clashes over land at the Sudan-Ethiopia frontier” on Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 08:30–09:30 (UTC +1). The webinar is jointly hosted by Bergen Global and Chr. Michelsen Institute. Since early November 2020, communities in Eastern Sudan bordering Ethiopia have […]

Antonio De Lauri takes over as NCHS Director

January 18, 2021

The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS)  has been a joint collaboration between CMI, NUPI and PRIO since its establishment in 2012. The leadership and administration of NCHS rotates between the institutes, and after having been led from PRIO since 2012, it is now going to CMI for the next four-year period.  Antonio De Lauri  (Research Professor […]

New ERC grant awarded to Antonio De Lauri

December 14, 2020

NCHS Co-Director Antonio De Lauri has been awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for his project War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience. While several of the projects De Lauri is currently working on relate to aspects of humanitarian studies, this project will stengthen our understanding on the deep and long-term effects of war […]

AidAccount project to set up Humanitarian Lab

November 12, 2020

The AidAccount project, which studies accountability in civic and professional humanitarian aid, has officially started with a virtual 3-day kick-off meeting that involved participants in Norway, the UK, Uganda, Somaliland and Sri Lanka. During the kick-off, NCHS director Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert joined the team to inform about NCHS and opportunities for synergies with the project. […]

Vacancy: Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Coordinator

November 9, 2020

We are looking for a Coordinator for the NCHS in a 50% position from 1 February 2021 – 31 December 2022. The position will be based at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. The application deadline is 27 November 2020. NCHS forms a platform for exchange among researchers and establishes stronger and more tailored […]

Afghanistan Week 2020: Digital events 16-19 November

November 5, 2020

What goes on behind closed doors in Doha, where representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government gather to negotiate the end of more than 40 years of war? Will Afghanistan’s powerful warlords support, sabotage or co-opt a negotiated settlement? How might the Taliban seek to Islamicize Afghanistan’s constitution and legal framework, and what would […]

Virtual workshop held on education in conflict and exile

October 30, 2020

Over four sessions in October, 20 academics and practitioners from around the world met virtually to discuss the question of how education can enable refugee individuals and communities to build durable futures when there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be? Recognizing the protracted nature of refugee situations, the latest UNHCR education strategy prioritizes […]

A humanitarian Nobel? A blog series on the WFP Prize in context

October 19, 2020

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) for “its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”. WFP is the […]

Watch recording of seminar on humanitarian negotiations with armed groups

October 5, 2020

If you missed the online seminar The Frontlines of Diplomacy: Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups, organized by NCHS, CMI and Bergen Global on 1 October, you may now access a video recording of the event. Humanitarians operate on the frontlines of today’s armed conflicts, where they regularly negotiate to provide assistance and to protect vulnerable civilians. […]

Vacancy at Norwegian Centre for Human Rights: Full time, 2-year project assistant position for project portfolio on refugees and migration

September 14, 2020

Full-time, 2-year position available as Research Assistant at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Deadline to apply is 2 October. The research assistant will assist in the implementation of the project portfolio of Professor Maja Janmyr. Her on-going projects investigate the implementation of the international refugee regime in the Middle […]