Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO )


The Peace Research Institute, Oslo (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 is Norway’s only peace research institute. 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 is engaged in the search for solutions in cases of actual or potential violent conflict. 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.


PRIO’s project portfolio includes research activities both inside and outside Norway funded by the Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, the Research Council of Norway, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Union. PRIO has broad experience in managing large international research projects. It hosts, for example the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW), a 10 year, internationally oriented multidisciplinary enterprise with a total budget of approximately €15 million over 10 years that seeks to understand: why civil wars break out, how they are sustained, and what it takes to end them. PRIO researchers are also active in a number of EU research activities, among them, the Fifth Framework Network on Applied Global Justice and IP Liberty and Security in Europe, as well as the Sixth Framework Programmes projects The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security (CHALLENGE), Polarization and Conflict (PAC), and Cross-sector observations of Threat Perceptions and Research Priorities for Biological Homeland security in Europe (CORPS); as well as two COST networks, Small Arms Transfers, of which it is the initiator and leader, and The Social Construction of Threats; and Seventh Framework Programmes projects Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe (INEX) and European security trends and threats in society (ETTIS).



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