Tuesday 19 July 2005, by Challenge
Challenge liste des partenaires
1 Center for European Policy Studies, Belgium
Web : http://www.ceps.be
Situated in the nexus between academia, business and the public sector, CEPS performs a unique role as an independent analyst and critic of European policy. CEPS’ core business is the conduct of policy research on European affairs and the broad dissemination of its findings through a regular flow of publications, public events and electronic commentary. It strives to bring new knowledge to the attention of decision-makers and to offer fresh insights into important public policy issues of the day.
Since its founding in 1983, CEPS has acquired a solid reputation for integrity and excellence in research. CEPS has amply demonstrated its ability to anticipate trends and to analyse policy questions well before they become topics of general discussion. Its resourceful research staff is keenly aware of the continuous need to engage the outside world in active debate as both a monitor and a sounding board of their work. This constant interaction is an essential source of strength in CEPS’ work and a validation of its relevance.
CEPS is an independent membership-driven organisation with more than 100 corporate members and a large number of central banks, diplomatic missions and international business organisations in its constituency. The members make important contributions to its work. Its heterogeneous membership and funding structure makes CEPS a unique institution and provides fertile ground for developing new ideas.
CEPS has consolidated its work programme into two broad policy areas - Economic Policy and Politics, Institutions and Security. Within these two areas, a multitude of inter-disciplinary and interrelated programmes have been or are being launched.
WP 15 : Administrative Co-ordination
2 Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, France
Established in 1945, the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Po (FNSP) has ever since played a prominent role as one of the leading research institutions in France in the field of social sciences.
In quantitative terms the research activities at the FNSP represent: 8 research centres, five of which are operated within the CNRS national research framework and a research staff of about 250 persons, including permanent researchers, part-time scholars and junior fellows, most of which are also members of the faculty at the FNSP’s teaching component, the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (I.E.P.) de Paris, further, a doctoral school offering 7 graduate programmes in political science, history, economics and sociology. The average number of enrolled PhD students is about 500 per year.
The common aims of the FNSP research centers are to analyse and explain political, economic and social life in the contemporary world, using a comparative approach. In particular, research at the FNSP focuses on two main sets of issues: the causes, actors, processes and effects of globalisation on economics, politics and culture and social behaviour, and crises and new forms of social linkages emerging in the developed countries, particularly in Europe.
WP 16 : Scientific Co-ordination
WP 17 : Observatory
3 King’s College London, United Kingdom
The Kings College London’s London Centre of International Relations was established in 1990. The Masters programmes on offer at the London Centre form a highly successful part of the Graduate School of Politics and International Relations and include International Relations, International Conflict Analysis, International Relations and European Studies. Starting in September 2002, the London Centre will be offering an MA programme in Human Rights, Ethics, and International Relations. A number of doctoral students are based at the London Centre, as are several research fellows from around the globe.
The academic members of staff based at LCIR are active researchers within the discipline of International Relations. Fields of expertise here include International Relations Theory and Methodology, Conflict Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Ethics in Global Politics. The London Centre is the base for the Working Group on Ethics and Transnational Relations.
International Relations has been taught at the University of Kings since 1970. The Department of Politics and International Relations at Kings now has one of the largest graduate programmes in the country and is widely recognised for its emphasis on the conceptual, methodological and philosophical problems generated by the subject. Kings also has an established reputation in the area of conflict analysis and resolution, and this is reflected in its highly successful MA in International Conflict Analysis. European Studies also forms a strong research base within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Kings.
4 University of Keele, United Kingdom
The Keele University’s School of Politics was formed in the late summer of 1999 by the amalgamation of the three Departments of Politics, International Relations and Environmental Social Sciences. With a staff of over 30, it is one of the largest units in Keele University. Recently awarded both a 24 (out of 24) by the Quality Assurance Agency of the Higher Education Funding Council of England, and a ranking of 5A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, the School ranks among the best in the field of Politics and International Studies in the UK.
The School runs eight undergraduate degree programs, nine M.A. degree programs and has an extensive doctoral research program. The principal areas of research strength in the School are in International Theory; Modern Political Theory; Environmental Politics, Economics and Law; European Politics; Security and Peacekeeping; Politics of Disorder and Transition; and International History and Law.
5 University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen has about 1750 students, 30 researchers, and a variable number of research scholars. It was established in 1965. Although organised around the familiar sections comparative politics, international politics and public administration, the department has a broad profile trying to combine the political, economic and sociological disciplines in the study of the political processes of society. Among its areas of particular strength are new developments within institutional analysis in political science, democratic theory, EU research (especially the relationship between integration and security), the effects of European integration on national political institutions, and the so-called Copenhagen School within security studies.
6 European Association for Research on Transformation, Germany
The European Association for Research on Transformation (EART e.V.) was founded in October 1993 by a dozen German and Russian social scientists from different universities and research organisations. It is registered in Hamburg as non-profit association dedicated to mutually supporting research across the former Iron Curtain and offer an umbrella organisation for independent research. EART e.V. is tax exempt (tax number 17/421/09239 Finanzamt Hamburg-Altstadt-Mitte), its accounts are regularly audited by the fiscal office (The last audit for 2001 and 2002 19.03.03). The current membership consists of more than 50 academics from different countries.
Centres of current activities are the Centre of Independent Social Research (CISR) in Saint Petersburg, with branches in Samara and Irkutsk, the Independent projects in social sciences (IPSS) in Moscow, Hamburg (head office) in cooperation with the Research Unit on Wars, Armaments and Development at the University of Hamburg, Berlin (Humboldt University) and Magdeburg (Otto-von Guerricke University). In addition a number of individual researchers based in Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway are integrated in specific research projects.
The association operates as a facilitating organisation and does not develop a research policy of its own. Themes of current projects include internal migration in Russia, ethnic economies in Russian cities, regional studies in Russia, military industries in Europe and Russia, civil society in Russian cities, poverty of elderly people in the transformation process, youth criminality, shadow globalisation and violence, corruption and transformation. The funding of these projects draws on a large number of sources from different, mostly western countries. They include large foundations and governmental agencies from Germany, EU, Finland, Norway, United States. In addition the Berghof Foundation provides the premises (IPSS) in Moscow which include a library, office and seminar room. Similar premises in Saint Petersburg (CISR) have been funded by private donors and a US-foundation.
Given the role of a facilitator EART e.V. does not maintain a website of its own. The members are present in the internet via their respective research contexts. In many cases the projects are administered by the local universities, in a some cases however the projects are directly run by the association.
7 University of Leeds, United Kingdom
The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMECE) at the University of Leeds was inaugurated on 9 March 1999. The Centre is one of a small number throughout the member states intended to support the teaching and learning of ’European integration’ in universities and other higher education establishments. Following the award Jean Monnet status the University of Leeds introduced the Master in the EU by distance learning. The Centre spans business studies, social science, law, humanities, arts, languages and the natural sciences. The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence focuses on inter-disciplinary research and accordingly is located in the Institute of Communication Studies www.leeds.ac.uk/ics. Research centres on EU internal and external security, including terrorism; communicating Europe, democracy and legitimacy in the EU, migration and culture; the technical and democratic challenges of egovernance; the EU public sphere; international relations and public diplomacy. The European Centre for Political Communications is a JMECE partner. The JMECE engages widely with the public and private sectors and EU institutions in research, scholarship and training. Doctoral students work on the above areas with several working on issues central to Challenge including:the EU constitution, transparency and accountability, legitimacy and the public sphere; and communicating Europe. ICS also produces the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics and welcomes submissions from Challenge at mcp(a)leeds.ac.uk
8 University of Genoa, Italy
The Department of Anthropological Sciences the University of Genoa (Italy), comprises four different curricula preparing for the following first and second cycle degrees: Educational Sciences, Primary Educational Sciences, Processes in Psychological Development and Human Resources Management, and Communication Sciences. The Faculty also offers three Master level courses in Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning, Work Orientation and Activation Policies, and Methodologies for Personal Aid Services. Very soon a new Master on Migration and Trans-national Social Relations will be launched.
In the framework of student exchange programmes as Socrates/Erasmus funded by the European Union, the Faculty has established strong collaborative links with universities in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Finland, United Kingdom and Greece.
Several professors from the Faculty of Educational Sciences and other faculties of the University of Genoa participate in research projects and have formed research networks, at Italian and European level, on two topics: «European Citizenship», and «Europe and the New Wars».
9 Central University of Barcelona, Spain
The University of Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. The UB is the oldest and largest of the six universities in Barcelona, and of the ten in Catalonia. It has 76.000 students —more than half of the total student population of Catalonia— and is the second largest in terms of students number in Spain. The UB is structured in five divisions made up of related areas of teaching, twenty university schools, 97 departments and 78 degree courses. Postgraduate and graduate school programs are also offered, as well as a large number of continuing educations courses.
10 University of Szeged, Hungary
The Institute for Minority Research was established by the General Assembly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1998. An independent team at the Institute researched the international migration issues for Political Sciences in 1991-1999. The newly established Institute for Minority Research admitted the team in 2000 changing the name. The researching activity of the Institute covers on Hungarian Diaspora living in adjacent states, Roma and national minority communities in the Central-Eastern European region. The Institution provides the frame for anthropological, sociological, legal, geographical, historical and cultural researching projects involving further academics, scholars and fellows from Hungary and neighbouring countries, in particular in Romania, Slovakia and Serbia. The actually 17 research fellows including juniors and librarian have edited numerous books on empirical studies on Diaspora, national minorities, inter-ethnical relations, changing ethnical identities, narratives as well as own volumes on Roma Migration, and periodical Kisebbségkutatás (Minority Studies and Reviews). A separate database on socio-cultural facts concerning national and ethnical minorities was also set up.
A research unit on international migration on the interdisciplinary approach has been operated inside the Institution. Its director is Dr. Sik, Endre PhD. (sociologist). This unit has been the centre of international migration research since 1991 in Hungary. Thirteen yearbooks on migration research refecting the political, legal, economic, atropological, sociological aspects of migratory movements, xenophobia, admission of migrants and emigration were published in English or Hungarian.
11 Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laïcité, France
GSRL, Le Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laicite is a CNRS research Institute on issues of religions and secularism. Its orientation is comparative in a two-fold manner. First, the research programs of GSRL concern various religious traditions :Christianity , Judaism, Islam, and also Buddhism and Confucianism.Second, the area of investigation of GSRL is European,through cooperation and research with numerous Western and Eastern European Universities.The affiliation with l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes-La Sorbonne is an opportunity for GSRL to get access to the intellectual and administrative resources of the most renowned academic institution in the field of religious studies. .On March13-21, 2003, GSRL and EPHE organized and hosted the first European doctoral conference on comparative religious studies that gathered Ph D students from the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. Lithuania, and Hungary.
12 University of Caen, France
Web : http://www.unicaen.fr
Research Units at the University of Caen Basse-Normandie
45 Research Units recognized by the Ministry of Research :
* 16 affiliated to national bodies [mixed research units (UMR)] or [mixed teams (EMI)] :
13 University - CNRS UMR
1 University - INSERM EMI
1 University INRA UMR (plus 3 units under INRA contract)
1 CEA UMR
• 26 coordinating teams (EA) featuring: 1 linked with IFREMER, 3 units under INRA contract and one mixed laboratory linking a coordinating team from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie with the Servier Laboratories
* 3 junior teams (JE)
10 University teams recognized by the General Board of the Faculties •
6 multi-disciplinary programmes (PPF) recognized by the Ministry of Research •
1 University - CNRS Mixed-Service unit (UMS) : the "Maison de Recherche en Sciences Humaines" (MRSH) •
1 federated research institute "physiological and metabolical imaging" distributed among 5 priority poles :
Fundamental and Applied Biology (University)
Medical Biology and Epidemiology (University)
Human and Social Sciences, including Economics, Management and Law (University)
Molecular Chemistry, Neurosciences, Medicinal Science (University and ISMRA)
Mathematics, Computer Science, Imaging, Information and Communication Technology (University and ISMRA)
5 Doctorate Schools
Doctorate School in "Literature, Cultures and Social Sciences" (Caen)
Doctorate School in "Structures, Information, Matter and Materials" (SIMEM) (Caen University and ISMRA)
Normandy Doctorate School in Chemistry and Biology (Caen University and ISMRA - Rouen University and INSA)
Law-Normandy Doctorate School (Caen - Rouen - Le Havre)
Normandy Doctorate School in Economics, Management (Caen - Rouen - Le Havre)
bringing together :
33 degrees in specialized studies (DEA), 10 of which co-accredited with Rouen and/or Le Havre and 10 others with a number of different institutes (Rennes, Lille, Nantes, Paris, Lyon...)
2 3rd level degrees in technological research (DRT) issued after courses in innovation through technological research in the fields of food industry and bio-industries, and in the sector of industrial production and controlled environment.
13 University of Athens, Greece
Web : www.uoa.gr
The National Capodistrian University of Athens was established in 1837 and stands as the oldest academic institution of Greece. It has a long-standing tradition in academic research both in Sciences and Humanities. The Law Department, and in particular the Section of International Studies, enjoys a high reputation for the quality of its scientific staff, actively involved in many international institutions and research programs of international and European importance.
The Jean Monnet Center of Excellence «Europe» has been operating since 1995 and includes of a research center on European issues in the framework of the Section of International Studies. Its scientific director, Nicholas Scandamis, has been appointed as a «Jean Monnet» Professor ad personam. The Center provides inter-disciplinary texts and materials -legal as well as political, economic, sociological, historical and philosophic- on issues of European interest. In its framework, a series of research projects on European integration have been and are currently being undertaken.
The University of Athens will have recourse to the scientific expertise of the Cycladic Academy for Europe in order to ensure the inter-disciplinary and intra-Community coordination of the project by eventually subcontracting it. The Academy is a European non-governmental non-profit organization created in 1997 and aiming at fostering inter-disciplinary approaches on European integration. By its very composition, the Cycladic Academy for Europe aims at transcending the conventional divisions of scientific disciplines and forging a new language of communication between citizens and political leaders. It has carried out a series of research programs and conferences dealing in particular with the issues of «the moving frontiers of identities in Europe» and the complex relationship between market integration and the emerging of the European-wide civil society.
WP 12 : Normative parameters of exceptionalism : Community governance patterns in the field of security and its implications for a future global governance as responding to the internal rules of globalization, existing or to be
14 University of Utrecht, Netherlands
The Instituut voor Staats- en Bestuursrecht, Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law, of the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht has an established reputation in the field of constitutional and administrative law, and has special competence in the field of migration law.
Unlike many other law faculties, migration law is a teaching- and research concern of members specialized in constitutional law, rather than in administrative law. This makes the Instituut a most suitable participant in the consortium submitting the CHALLENGE integrated programme, given the fundamental nature of the research in this programme.
The Institute has participated in several large research projects, both at the level of executing and coordinating research projects subsidized by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO and for the Ministries of Justice, Home Affairs, Education and Sciences, and Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Government, as well as for non-governmental organizations.
WP 13 : The relationship between national, European and international law with respect to European borders ; the security implications of this relationship ; the specific effects of agreements on freedom of movement of goods, capital, services and persons
15 University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
The Centre for Migration Law of the University of Nijmegen has been in existence since 1995. It currently includes 21 experts, some in law and others in the social sciences, with a commitment to migration and minority law. All members are staff of the Law Faculty at the University. These experts cover a very wide range of different disciplines, sociology of law, EC law, philosophy of law and legal informatics. The one thing which all participants have in common is an interest in research work, both legal and empirical, on either migration or minority law. The purpose of the Centre is to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and discussion on issues surrounding migration and minority protection. The work carried out by participants of the Centre are part of its long term research strategy which focuses on migration and minority issues in an European context, be that European Union, Council of Europe or OSCE and wider. Much of the research undertaken by participants of the Centre has a comparative element, either comparing approaches of different national legal systems in the context of international obligations in the two fields, or more widely analysing regional legal systems.
The Centre has an important public and international presence. The senior participants are all internationally renowned for their work in the field of migration and minorities. They have carried out research or consultancy for such international organisations as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the UNHCR, the International Organisation for Migration, the UN Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International and European Council for Refugees and Exiles. The younger participants are publishing widely and establishing themselves as important experts in these two fields. The current coordinator is particularly well known on the European level both with the European institutions and other research institutes. The University of Nijmegen has a substantial reputation in the field of migration and minority rights as a result of the experts who have gathered here. This reputation is primarily based on the activities and expertise of these individuals.
16 Stefan Batori Foundation, Poland
The Stefan Batory Foundation supports the development of a democratic and open society. The Foundation’s priorities are to foster Civil Attitudes and Initiatives to increase Cooperation between Nations to equalize the Educational Opportunities and to support cultural activity. The Stefan Batory Foundation was founded in May 1988 by Georges Soros as an independent, non-governmental organization operating as a non-profit foundation with grant-making and operational programs. Funds for the Stefan Batory Foundation’s activities are provided by the Open Society Institute, established and financed by George Soros, as well as other donors in Poland and abroad. With Poland’s European Union membership approaching, the majority of the Stefan Batory Foundation’s activities in 2001 addressed the issues raised by integration and its implications for Poland and the region. The Foundation’s European Program focused on helping civil society organizations prepare for the opportunities created by European integration and examined ways to provide more and better information about the EU to the public and policymakers. The Program also worked on minimizing divisiveness between Poland and countries on the enlarged EU’s periphery and how Poland could help make current and future European policy toward that area more proactive.
Acting as a bridge between East and West, the Stephan Batory Foundation launched a series of initiatives to raise awareness in EU countries about the possible negative side effects of enlargement on Poland’s eastern neighbours. The Foundation helped organize a second set of visits to the Polish-Ukrainian border for journalists from EU countries to acquaint them with an area that may soon become an EU external border. In cooperation with several NGOs, the Foundation produced policy papers in Polish, English, and Russian on Polish accession and the potential regional impact of EU enlargement.
18 European Institute, Bulgaria
The European Institute is an independent policy centre, founded in April 1999 in response to Bulgaria’s increased efforts at speeding up the process of preparing for EU membership. EU accession is an overarching priority for Bulgaria and demands the concerted efforts of both government agencies and society at large.
The mission of the European Institute is to support the efforts of governmental and non-governmental agencies to successfully prepare Bulgaria for EU membership through research, technical assistance, raising public awareness and training.
19 London School of Economics, United Kingdom
The London School of Economics and Political Science is well-known as one of the world’s leading institutions for research and teaching in the social sciences. Within it, the Department of International Relations, with 26 full-time staff and over 130 Phd students, is one of Europe’s major centres (if not THE major centre) for the study of the subject. Four of its members - Prof Christopher Hill, Prof William Wallace, Dr Karen E. Smith and Dr Spyros Economides - all with extensive publication records, have set up EFPU (the European Foreign Policy Unit) to act as a focal point for work on the external activities of the EU and its Member States. Around 16 PhD students supervised by EFPU members form the core of a research culture, and LSE therefore has probably the most significant concentration of expertise on the subject anywhere in the world. EFPU has been instrumental in bringing about the FORNET network funded under Framework Programme 5 and has the potential to extend its activities with both existing and new partners in the future.
20 University of Cologne, Germany
The Jean Monnet Chair at the Research Institute for Political Science and European Affairs in Cologne has, over the course of several semesters, developed and taught a differentiated program of European Affairs that has significantly broadened the knowledge of the almost 4000 students of political science in this area. «European Politics» has become a compulsory class for both the intermediate and final exams for all students pursuing Political Science degrees at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Cologne. Among its main priorities teaching and research activities represent the more important areas, participating in a series of European research projects on, for instance, the EU institutional and constitutional evolution, on the EU role in the international system, as well as the EU history. In addition, the Research Institute for Political Science and European Affairs has been considered recently as being one of the four best research institutes in Germany, and within the best 200 of worldwide.
WP 12 : Normative parameters of exceptionalism : Community governance patterns in the field of security and its implications for a future global governance as responding to the internal rules of globalization, existing or to be
21 Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
The University Institute of European Studies (IUEE) is a consortium formed by the Generalitat de Catalunya through the Patronat Català Pro Europea, and the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. The IUEE is organized as a centre for training, study and research. Its objectives basically are: advanced study and research in European subjects; the teaching of subjects related to European integration process and, in particular, post-graduate and doctoral studies; the exchange of knowledge and information with other similar institutions; the dissemination and promotion of European Studies.
The main fields of research are: Analysis of EU Economic Policy decision making, competition law, economic and social cohesion, enlargement, Euro-Mediterranean relations, EU and Human Rights, EU-Latin America relations, EU and world trade, commercial policy, foreign policy, security and defence, institutional reform, labour market, migration, models of European construction process as well as policies for development co-operation.
22 Cultures & Conflits, France
Web : http://www.conflits.org
The Centre d’Etudes sur les Conflits is a cross university research center founded in 1990 according to French legislation on non- profit organization. Its purpose is to analyze all forms of conflicts, ranging from deterrence, wars, revolutions, state repression or other sorts of violence such as "terrorism", "organized crime", "guerrilla warfare", "urban riots" and " low intensity conflicts" to the more subtle -but very real- forms of symbolic violence like cultural domination and the effects of discourse and language. The researchers, within the center and the journal, study more specifically social changes induced by globalization and the ways insecurity and fears are constructed. They are interested in (in)security management practices at the local, national and global levels and combine in their analyses both detailed knowledge of local societies including specific cultures and the conditions for stability in the international order.
The center has adopted a critical constructivist approach to analyze this emergent field of an International Political Sociology -IPS- emphasizing local and transnational dynamics. The center is intended for this purpose as an arena for intellectual confrontation, bringing together not just political scientists and international relations analysts, but also sociologists, anthropologists, lawyers, historians, geographers and political theorists.
The Center has been awarded research contracts by a variety of institutions: the Department for Strategic Affairs-DAS-, and the Gendarmerie Center for analysis and forecasting -CPG- under the aegis of the Ministry of Defense (The Function of Protection: Comparative Analysis at European Level. 1999-2001; A Comparative Approach to Internal Security Problems 1998-2001; Eurocorps: the Socialization Process and the Construction of a Transnational Identity 1997-2000); the Ministry of the Interior’s Higher Institute for the Study of Internal Security IHESI (The Why, How and What For of the Schengen Visa. 2000-2001; "Transition to Democracy" and Political Intelligence Services. 2000 ; Setting up "Local Security Contracts" 2000-2001; The Redeployment and "Buying Out" of Police Officers and Gendarmes by Public, Semi-public and Private Sector Security Companies, 2000-2001).
The center also has support from the Centre National des Lettres -National Center for the Literary Arts-, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) -National Center for Scientific Research- and has received grants from a number of non-governmental organizations and the European Commission for the publication of Cultures et Conflits, its quarterly journal. The center organizes multidisciplinary seminars (The enemy within, September 1998 - October 1999, The governmentally of fear? October 2000- 2001) and round tables over specific subjects (Penalizing poverty. Questioning public penal policies May 2000, Frontiers of European states and frontiers of rights. The international zone of airports 2001. Armies, polices, and justice towards globalization 2002).
The Centre d’Études sur les Conflits is also setting up a European documentation archive on security, immigration and asylum issues. The increasing number of arenas involved in any global decision-making process on these policies makes difficult to access to the whole body of texts dealing with these issues. The increasing overlap between the second and the third pillars of the EU, each with discrete rules on access to documents has further complicated the field. Gathering the various documents in one place, classifying them and putting the data on the Internet will make the information more accessible to the researchers, associations and institutions working in these fields.
23 International Peace Research Institute, Norway
Web : http://www.prio.no
PRIO was founded in 1959 and became a fully independent institute in 1966. It was one of the first centres of peace research in the world, and it is Norway’s only peace research institute. Its founding and early influence were instrumental in projecting the idea of peace research.
PRIO is independent and international in staff and perspective. Our working language is English. The staff at PRIO comprises 50-60 people, of whom two-thirds are researchers (including PhD students). In addition to this, there are 5-10 MA students, who are provided with work spaces and scholarships while completing their theses.
Scholarly research is at the core of all institute activities. Research at PRIO concentrates on the driving forces behind violent conflict and on ways in which peace can be built, maintained and spread. In addition to theoretical and empirical research, PRIO also conducts policy-oriented activities and engages in the search for solutions in cases of actual or potential violent conflict. This combination of scholarship and practice has brought PRIO closer to meeting the normative ambitions of peace research: to apply high-quality academic standards to the study of peace and conflict, and to help diminish violent conflict in practice.
PRIO hosts the editorial offices of two international journals that are published by SAGE in London: Journal of Peace Research and Security Dialogue. PRIO’s scholarly work is disseminated through publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as through books, reports and conference papers. The PRIO library holds a core stock of material relevant to peace research, democracy, security policy, disarmament and environmental issues.
PRIO is responsible for a six-week summer course in peace research that is held as part of the University of Oslo’s International Summer School.