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About CRIC

Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) was initiated in  August 2013, supported by the Danish Council for Strategic Research (15,5 mil. DK)(now the Danish Innovation Fund). It is part of the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. CRIC began as a cooperation between researchers from different disciplines at five Danish universities aiming to strengthen the prevention and transformation of violent conflicts through developing analytical tools and practical techniques in collaboration with practitioners. In 2015, a grant from Carlsbergfondet financed a large project on human rights and peacebuilding, which is conducted in collaboration with Danish Institute for Human Rights. This ongoing project focuses on the relationship between human rights and peacebuilding in relation to statebuilding in conflict-affected contexts.

An environment for peace and conflict studies in Denmark
CRIC has established an environment for peace and conflict studies in Denmark and nurtures this platform by undertaking research, engaging in policy, offering education in international conflict resolution and linking efforts of practice and theory. CRIC contributes to a space for academics, practitioners and students to meet, share and develop ideas and expertise. In doing so, CRIC organises public seminars, workshops, and engages in the public debate on peace and conflict.

A space for exchange of ideas and linking practice and theory
CRIC hosts visiting scholars who are part of the daily life at CRIC and at the core of the knowledge exchange, which CRIC aims to facilitate.

CRIC brings together researchers from various disciplines and practitioners to give a space for nuanced feedback on research and let new collaborations unfold. For instance, this is done by organising seminars where CRIC fellows and other interested researchers and practitioners gather to give feedback on a given policy idea, research project or article. CRIC offers a research environment with the intention of linking theory and practice. In doing so, CRIC organises workshops with joint conversations between researchers and practitioners. These workshops have led to insights in the areas of research, policy, practice and points of fruitful integration of insights between these.

CRIC is part of, and collaborates with, a number of related networks including the Nordic Women Mediators Network and the student association Consilium. Other networks and related projects can be seen here: related projects and networks.

Ole Wæver speaking at RIKO's conference at the Danish Parliament, 2016

Policy advise and the public debate
CRIC researchers engages in policy and with policy-makers through advisory roles, media appearances and policy-relevant research. The centre also contributes to the public debate by organising and participating in public events.

Workshop on Conflict Expertise at CRIC, 2015

Research
The ongoing research at CRIC has a focus on human rights and peacebuilding aiming to enhance our understanding of how international actors can most effectively engage in conflict-affected countries in order to strengthen processes of human rights and peacebuilding. The research is directed at both the academic and policy environment. More about research.

Students and educational opportunities
The interest in peace and conflict studies among students have increased since the establishment of CRIC. Educational opportunities in which CRIC plays an active role includes the specialisation in International Relations, Diplomacy and Conflict Studies.

Organization
CRIC is organized as a cooperation between researchers from different disciplines. Most of the ph.d students and post.docs hired full time by CRIC have their offices at the physical CRIC centre together with the director and visiting scholars. Most research seminars and meetings takes place at the CRIC centre, located at Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. The ongoing research projects are a collaborative effort between CRIC and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.