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 […]

Watch recorded seminar on the relationship between peace operations and humanitarian assistance

If you missed the online seminar The relationship between peace operations and humanitarian assistance: enabling or harmful?, organized by NCHS and the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) on 9 September, you may now access a video recording of the event. Peace operations are one of the most important international mechanisms for contemporary conflict management […]

Humanitarian dictionary edited by Antonio De Lauri now available

September 11, 2020

The book Humanitarianism: Keywords, edited by Antonio De Lauri, is a comprehensive dictionary designed to serve practitioners, students and researchers when navigating the conceptual universe of humanitarianism. The dictionary is open access, and includes contributions from several researchers associated with NCHS. You may access Humanitarianism: Keywords by clicking this link.

Open Position at PRIO: Senior Research Fellow With the AidAccount Project

September 4, 2020

PRIO has a vacancy for a two-year, full-time Senior Research Fellow (Post-Doc) position under the project Holding Aid Accountable: Relational Humanitarianism in Protracted Crisis (AidAccount), funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project team will collaborate with NCHS where relevant. Working within the fields of social sciences or humanities, the candidate to be employed in […]

Video recording available from the seminar ‘The Corona Crisis as a Humanitarian Problem’

August 28, 2020

On Thursday 20 August, the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) and NCHS jointly organized an online seminar on power structures and the study of humanitarian action, using the recent experiences from the pandemic as an entry point for discussion. You may now watch a video recording of the event, available here. Speakers included Dorothea Hilhorst […]

Summary from roundtable discussion on protection of civilians in urban warfare

August 13, 2020

Many of today’s conflicts take place in urban areas where military targets are located close to civilians and civilian infrastructure. Explosive weapons, originally designed for open battlefields, are being used in cities and other populated areas. Targeting of civilian persons and objects is in direct violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Use of explosive weapons […]

PRIO Global Fellows with expertise in humanitarian studies

July 3, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Larissa Fast (University of Manchester) has been awarded the PRIO Global Fellowship, and that Dorothea Hilhorst (ISS) has had her PRIO Global Fellowship renewed. PRIO Global Fellows are academics with strong scholarly records and a commitment to the research agenda on peace and conflict. They all have their main […]

“Kampen mot Korona: hva med flyktninger og asylsøkere?” Webinar 15. april

April 8, 2020

Onsdag 15. april arrangerer Det juridiske fakultet i Oslo, PRIO og Det juridiske fakultet i Bergen et webinar om de langsiktige menneskerettslige, rettssikkerhetsmessige og rettsstatlige konsekvensene av koronaepidemien for mennesker på flukt. Debattemaer Hva er de største truslene mot flyktninger og asylsøkeres rettssikkerhet? Hva må til for at korona-innskrenkningene ikke skal bli permanente? Skaper koronaepidemien et mulighetsrom for […]

Webinar on 8 April examining COVID-19 and the growing humanitarian crisis from a gender perspective

April 7, 2020

The webinar “COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis” will take place on Wednesday 8 April. The webinar is hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security  in partnership with The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security , Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre , The PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security  and The Kofi Annan […]

Dorothea Hilhorst Awarded ERC Advanced Grant

April 1, 2020

​Dorothea Hilhorst has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant  for her project “Humanitarian governance: accountability, advocacy, alternatives”. Hilhorst is a Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague and a PRIO Global Fellow. ​Congratulations, Thea! 

The New Humanitarian webinar 19 March: How will COVID-19 impact crisis zones?

March 19, 2020

The New Humanitarian is organizing a webinar on how COVID-19 will impact crisis zones. The webinar will start at 14:00 (GMT+1) Thursday 19 March. You may register for the webinar here. You are invited to an online conversation organised by The New Humanitarian about how COVID-19 will impact crisis zones. Aid agencies are scrambling to […]